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wicklow town self tour
Wicklow Town is a 30-minute drive to the seaside from Glendalough through rolling meadows on curving, tree-lined narrow roads. The drive was enhanced by rock walls on each side of the road, many sheep and some cows. This was in addition to avoiding other cars and trying to maintain the integrity of the hubcaps.
The highlight of Wicklow, other than the drive, was touring the old County Wicklow Irish Gaol. Here we learned about the horrible conditions and torture imposed upon the Irish by the English, including banning the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism. This tour was well presented, with life-sized figures in every cell, screams and sounds of brutality throughout. The tour leader was dressed as the jailer and kept referring to how he treats the scum and gets bribes to feed his family. To lower the prison population, Irish rebels and criminal men, women and children were deported to the English colonies in America, Australia and New Zealand. The tour left us eager to learn more of the history of Ireland.
photos from our visit to this seaside town.Related to:
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Avoca is a pretty village that became very well known as the real star of the british TV series Ballykissangel a few years ago. As such it was buried under bus loads of day-tripers who wanted to see the various locations used in the series. This rsuh has now eased and you can get back to enjoying the real village.
Asides from the village itself, top local attraction is the original Avoca handweavers location. This company, starting from this rustic location, has come to dominate the Irish heritage industry provding a wide range of good quality (if expensive) clothes, food and knickknacks in a number of locations in Wicklow (Powerscourt, Kilmacanogue and here at the old Mill in Avoca, www.avoca.ie ) and elsewhere in Ireland. Its hard not to be seduced by their approach . . .
Well known beauty spot, the Meeting of the Waters is nearby and well worth a visit (tho no longer as peaceful as it used to be)
Last but not least the village boasts a Greek restaurant, the Greek Vine Bistro, which I've heard is good though havn't been in! As there are only a handful in Greek restaurants in Ireland and I have a soft spot for all things Greek, will have to try this out soon :-)Related to:
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The pretty village of Enniskerry has become rather urbanised but is still a pleasant pitstop, with a couple of pubs, some arts and crafts shops and a good coffee shop. It featured in the first Irish film (Irish Destiny, made in 1926 and recently re-issued) and has long been a popular day-trip from Dublin. The 185 (to Bray train station) and 44 (to Dublin) are the public transport options to get there.Related to:
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See the Handweaving Mill at Avoca
Visitors are welcome to see the whole weaving process first hand with a tour. Admission is free and it is a great opportunity to see a working mill and to view the finished product in a store afterwards.
The original whitewashed buildings of the mill now hold the store which carries an extensive collection of Avoca favorites.
The charming and historical location makes this stop a memorable experience. If you like to shop, you'll enjoy this!
THE BLACK CASTLE
It is the main attraction in wicklow.
This picture, not so good, I know, gives no honour to it, but it is a interesting relic dated XI century.
It is called Black because it is...black (since it has been conquered and burnt.Related to:
Go for a walk
Walk along the coast from Wicklow town to Silver Strand. There's a nice sandy beach there where everyone goes swimming in the Irish sea in summer.
Or try golf at the sea. Looks like a lovely spot to play golf!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Cill Mhantain Gaol
In the town is the old Gaol. It tells the often brutal history of British occupation, and the treatment of prisoners, along with the transportation to Australia.
Well worth the 7.50 Euros to get in.
Can't remember the name of this church...
...but it was wonderful.
I know, you will vote "not helpful" this tip.
Look for this place over the hill behind Wicklow.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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