County Wicklow Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda
  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda
  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda

County Wicklow Things to Do

  • Glendalough

    Wicklow Things to Do

    For such a small country, there sure is a lot to see here. Glendalough means, The Valley of Two Lakes. The buildings here are from the 8th and 12th Centuries. The most famous is the Round Tower. It is 34m high and 16 m circuference at its base. St. Kevin founded a monastery here in the 6th Century. This site grew to become famous for a center of...

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  • Powerscourt

    Wicklow Things to Do

    This spot is on the itinerary of all tourists to Wicklow. Once one of the most magnificent Palladian mansions in Ireland and home of the Wingfield family for 350 years, it passed to the Slazenger family in 1961 and was severely damaged by fire in 1974. It has since been restored to a certain extent and the interior now houses a shopping centre...

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  • Mount Usher Gardens

    Wicklow Things to Do

    Mount Usher is a great garden laid out in a naturalistic style in the 19th century and open to the public for many years (Bear in mind you do have to pay in). Its considered one of the finest gardens in Ireland. Theres a coffee shop for refreshments after you savour the garden.

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  • Kilruddery Estate

    Wicklow Things to Do

    Kilruddery Estate is in a lot of ways the opposite to Powerscourt: Whereas Powerscourt is worth a visit because of its gardens, not necessarily its mansion, Kilruddery is worth a visit more for its house rather than its gardens. The Estate is still very much lived in and shows a quirky sense of style. In actual fact, the 13th Earl of Meath was...

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  • Glendalough

    Co Wicklow is home to many fascinating, historical and picturesque features, but probably the most famous and popular of all is Glendalough. The colours of Co. Wicklow are equally seen in and around Glendalough as in any other part of the County. It is, as I have often described parts of Ireland "hauntingly beautiful". It would be a perfect place...

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  • The village of Avoca

    The village of Avoca was, from 1790 to 1982 mainly a centre for copper mining. These days it is more renowned for being the village seen in the television series "Ballykiss Angel".Here you will also find an outlet for the Avoca Handweavers selling the famous Avoca wool products and which also has a small coffee shop included. It's an attractive...

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  • St Kevin's Kitchen

    The stone Church of St Kevin at Glendalough over time, became known as St Kevin's Kitchen. This was due to the fact that there was a tower attached to the building and the tower resembled a chimney.The little church is one of seven churches in the Glendalough area and is in reasonably good order by comparison with the other six.It is a very...

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  • Celtic Crosses

    There are some stunning Celtic Crosses in the graveyard at Glendalough. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the ruins of the Priest's House where many of the monks are thought to be interred.The graveyard itself however, is very interesting to wander around. That is, of course, if you like wandering around graveyards. I do, which some of my...

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  • The Cathedral at Glendalough

    The Cathedral ruins are regarded as a highly imposing feature of the Glendalough Monastery area.Part of the church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries using stones from an earlier church.There are many stones missing from the east window and chancel arch section. This section was very finely decorated in its original state and some of these...

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  • The Round Tower

    Arguably the symbol of Glendalough, is the Round Tower. Reaching 30meters into the air, the tower has served many purposes over the centuries.The entrance is 3.5m meters above ground level for a very good reason. In the face of attack, the residents could take refuge in the tower by climbing a rope ladder up to the main entrance and then pulling...

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  • Avoca Handweavers

    Avoca Handweavers can be found in various parts of Co. Wicklow and Dublin. Here you will find the most amazing array of handwoven garments and other giftware and woollen goods that you could ever hope to see., most especially if you visit the main store in Kilmacanogue, Bray.When I entered the main showroom, I stood boggle eyed. I didn't know where...

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  • The Sally Gap

    The Sally Gap (Bearnas na Diallaite, meaning Gap of the Saddle) can be found above Loch Tay not far to the north east of Boleyhorrigan Bridge. I guess that Gap of the Saddle which refers to a mountain pass, became too much of a mouthful for the Irish and somewhere along the way it became Sally Gap.This feature of the Wicklow Mountains is the name...

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  • Flora and fauna

    Co. Wicklow was a riot of colour when I was there in September, 2011. The hills and valleys were awash with greens and browns and the wonderful purple of the heather. Wildflowers grew in profusion.We were also very fortunate to see some wild deer not to mention the obligatory sheep and cows that call Co. Wicklow home. Be prepared for lots of camera...

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  • Vartry Reservoir

    Artificial lake up the Wicklow mountains, very scenic (apart from that Reservoir part)You can fish there as well, but you have to get permission.

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  • Glendalough

    Glendalough is a valley with 2 notable lakes up the Wicklow Mountains. It used to be a monastic settlement in the 6th century, founded by St. Kevin. There is a round tower on the site, which has been very well preserved.Glendalough is very popular with school & coach tours. This pic was taken by Suzanne_M, but I scanned it for her, so I'm gonna use...

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  • wicklow stop

    If your looking for a good place to stopover on your way around wicklowtry ''greystones'' there ane many bed and breakfast places there that wontbreak the budget.drop into glen of the downs pub and have a queit pint, and ask the locals the bestplace to stay, they will stear you right for the cost of a pint of black.if you would like more info you...

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  • Triton-lake

    Triton-lake is an artificial lake built in eth centre of Powerscourt - park and it got its name from the small sculpture of the fountain, that is a copy of one of Bernini's works in Rome.The steps of the terrace of the powerscort palace led directely to this small lake, stepping down lots of artificial steps, that were dug into the landscape and...

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  • The Bamberg-gate in Powerscourt

    At one of the entrance-gates of Powerscourt you will see this interesting gate with ornate decorations : The so-called "Bamberg Gate" was produced in 1770 in Vienna for the cathedral of Bamberg. From there it was taken to Powerscourt in 1850 by the 7th Viscount of Powerscourt, who travelled a lot and brought plenty of artifacts to his Manor. Just...

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  • Powerscourt Gardens

    Powerscourt palace and Gardens are situated south of Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains opposite the 'Great Sugar Loaf Mountain'.Unfortunately the building burned 1974 and since that time there is only the fassade of the House left.But the gardens are in a wonderful condition!There is a Japanese Garden, an Italian Garden, and even a cemetary, where...

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  • remains of the monastery in Glendalough

    Next to the lakes there are also some remains of the old monastery of Glendalough, nother special is left over, except a few remains of nice arches and a few decorations.Glendalough consists only of a large parking-lot, the few ruins , a kiosk and maybe 2 private houses......this might be the reason , why VT does not have it's own page for it,...

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  • Glendalough Lakes

    There are severalsmall lakes next to Glendalough and they are really scenic, BUT the location Glendalough Lakes that is listed in VT under County Wicklow seems to be rather in the Ring of Kerry-area - take a look at the map that is provided by VT and compare it with villages closeby like Waterville (16km) and Sneem (15km).Unfortunately lots of...

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  • great celtic Crosses

    Celtic Crosses could be seen quite a lot in the small cemetery of Glendalough. They are not so very large and ornate like at other places, where you may see so-called "High Crosses" with ornate decorations, but they look really nice in their natural surrounding of the small cemetery around the small church of Glendalough.

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  • the round tower of Glendalough

    the round tower of Glendalough is one of the few round towers left over in Ireland and science still has problems to find out about the purpose of these towers.In the hight of about 5 meters above the ground there is a door that could be blocked in case of enemies approaching.So this was for saftey reasons, but why would they have built such a...

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  • St.Kevin's Kitchen in Glendalough

    St.Kevin's Kitchen is the quite strange name for this small stone-church in Glendalough founded by St.Kevin in the 6th century.It was of course never used as a kitchen, but with the small bell-tower on top of that little church, that was similar to a oven-chimney, people used to call it St.Kevin's kitchen.Once that you had payed a small...

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  • Drive the Wicklow Mountains

    The Wicklow Mountains National Park is a very interesting area - we wished that we had had more time to fully explore and enjoy its wonders. It was a strange landscape as we entered this upland area of 2800 foot peaks. The largely granite landscape in many places was devoid of trees and instead was a velvety green landscape dropping down into...

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  • Glendalough

    Deep in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, this monastic site was founded by the hermit priest St Kevin (not me!) in the 6th century.It eventually became one of the most famous monasteries in Europe. Pretty much all that remains is ruins, although the extraordinary tower is well preserved and it's worth taking the guided tour, which I...

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  • Powerscourt Estate

    Powerscourt is located near Enniskerry, 19 km (12 miles) to the South of Dublin. It consists of a 18th Century Palladian house with beautiful gardens all around it.See the website below for opening times and fares.

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  • Powerscourt Gardens

    The gardens occupy an area of 47 acres and they are arranged in different styles: you'll see Italian, French, Japanese gardens. You can find over 200 varieties of plants, but you don't need to be a keen gardener to fully enjoy this natural spectacle!

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  • Lake Tay

    Beautiful view of the lake from the road when you pass the Sally Gap on the road to Roundwood. It is part of the Wicklow Way (walking trail).There is a private house on the shore of the lake (by the Guinnes family, i think), so the lake is not readily accessible to the public. You can see the bigger Lough Dan through the mountains as well.

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  • Sally Gap

    High up in the Wicklow Mountains, the landscape is a bit bleak for my liking, I could not see what all the fuss is about. I had expected some kind of scenic panoramic vista, but it is not really like that at all.However if you're into hill climbing and cycling, this is a wonderful place to go. Take care when you are driving, as the roads are...

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  • Glendalough Cathedral

    The original church building for Glendalough was designed by St. Kevin, and is now just in rubble on the site.Between this, the reefert church, and the round tower, Glendalough is really a beautiful site to visit!

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  • Glendalough Reefert Church

    Reefert refers to the Royal Graveyard in Gaelic, which is one of the main attractions to this site in County Wicklow.Pilgrims who have made the long and arduous journey to Rome, bring back earth from the tombs of the martyrs and use it to bless the ground of the new church at the lake shore. It comes to be called Reefert Church, meaning 'royal...

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  • Glendelough Monastery

    Glendelough is situated within County Wicklow which is considered the Garden State of Ireland, and contains several mystical fairy tale type locations. The Monastery is home to some beautiful views, including a magical lake. Across the lake from the monastery is the Bed of St. Kevin, the founder of the monastery.It has several unique sites...

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  • Tell Everybody I'm going away for 10...

    I'm going to wander among the Wicklow Hills.Ten years would barely cover it I think.Glendalough is touristy, Glenmalure is isolated,Glenmacnass is good, the views are nice. Crone Woods is the "In the know" hangout- there are often 50 or 60 cars here at the week ends, Some wander towards Djouce to see the views of the Powerscourt Waterfall, many...

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  • Bray Head

    Bray Head is probably the nicest part of Bray town, which I'm not particularly mad about. It is fairly steep to climb, your knees will hit your chin at some point, but the view from the summit makes it all worthwhile :-)

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  • Glendalough

    Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes, in County Wicklow, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The upper lake, nestled in a steep, wooded valley is breathtakingly beautiful and the whole area is excellent for walkers of all abilities. What's more, Glendalough is also an important historical site, having been a large monastic settlement...

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  • Ashford

    Ashford village is very pretty. At first sight, there isnt much to it, but once you start exploring the nearby woods and the Varty river, it's picture-perfect. Also Mount Usher gardens are also very beautiful.There was the time almost 10 years ago now, when my mother and I were walking around Ashford one day and decided to have a look at the local...

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  • Powerscourt Waterfall

    Powerscourt Waterfall is less than 1 hour drive from Dublin. You pay about €3 to see it. I don't agree with this, I resent having to pay to see a natural resource, cos there is nothing else there apart from the waterfall.

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  • Glendalough

    Gleann Dá Loch, the Valley of the Two Lakes, makes an excellent day trip from Dublin. The site can be reached by bus or car (see my Transportation Tip) and access is free of charge (exception: Visitor Centre - see below).The Visitor CentreThe Visitor Centre is open daily between 09.30 - 17.00hrs mid Oct-mid March (till 18.00hrs from mid March-mid...

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  • Tour Avoca

    Avoca is a small village just a few miles inland from the Irish Sea coastal town of Arklow. It was made famous as the location for the BBC TV series 'Ballykissangel' about the trials and tribulations of a Catholic priest and his feelings for the young lady who runs Fitzgerald's pub. Because we were fans of the series, that was our main reason for...

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  • Powerscourt Waterfall

    Part of the Powerscourt estate includes the highest waterfall in Ireland - or perhaps even the Brittish Isles (but don't quote me on that).

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  • Powerscourt

    Go see the magnificent mansion of the Slazenger family. There's a brilliant restaurant and stunning gardens.You can easily occupy yourself at this delightful place for a few hours.

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  • Glendalough

    Visit Glendalough with it's two lovely lakes in the mountains and the early Christian monastic site.Glendalough is probably my favourite spot in Wicklow and I used to go there quite regularly. There are numerous walks around the lakes and in the mountains. There's also an ancient monastic site with a very interesting history.

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  • Avoca

    You can visit Avoca where the BBC series Ballykissangel was filmed. Since the TV series the town has exploded from a no-show to a big tourist hotspot.I've never seen Ballykissangel so to me the twon was rather boring.

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  • Powerscourt

    Powerscourt Estate near Enniskerry has some beautiful formal gardens with the Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop. Some movies have been shot here, the latest being "The Count of Monte Christo" with Guy Pearce. Don´t miss the pet cemetery where not only cats and dogs are buried, but also horses and cattle, and the inscriptions make interesting...

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