Wicklow Travel Guide

  • Glendalough
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Wicklow Things to Do

  • Glendalough

    The first stop we made at Glendalough was at the Upper Lake. Absolutely stunning scenery here! You can walk from one lake to the other but our tour bus just took us straight here to save some time.

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  • Powerscourt

    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

    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

    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 - Upper Lake

    The first stop we made at Glendalough was at the Upper Lake. Absolutely stunning scenery here! You can walk from one lake to the other but our tour bus just took us straight here to save some time.

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  • Powerscourt House and Gardens

    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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  • Powerscourt Waterfall

    This waterfall is the tallest in Ireland at 121 metres and is located close to Powerscourt House and Gardens. It has forest walks and viewing areas for the waterfall (can get a bit wet at these!). Theres a playground for kids as well.

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  • Peaceful Glendalough

    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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  • Walk through a graveyard

    Do you like to walk through graveyards? I do.You really need a guide to explain the complexities of burials in Ireland and Europe.Some of the graves are burials from deaths during the potato famine. The Celtic Crosses have significance also. They are used as the burial stones. In Glendalough the stone was so hard that only the date and names could...

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Wicklow Restaurants

  • Good for the family

    The Heathers restaurant is a pleasant place to pile into for lunch after a bracing walk in Glendalough. The food is solid and tasty and service is always given with a smile. Have gone there many times on various trips to Glendalough and always been happy with what I got.

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  • Where everybody goes to eat

    Poppies serve good, simple food in convivial surroundings. Their coffee is great and the sweets aren't bad either :-) I've always eaten well there. Only problem is that at times it can be hard to get a seat :(

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  • D´ont miss SELFMADE DISHES

    This has been the only Restaurant we have tried , because we have had a short stay of one day .It is a very small restaurant for low budget TOURIST .We have eaten our dinner mostly in those kinds of restaurants . It has been nearly everywhere a good choice .

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Wicklow Nightlife

  • The most famous pub in Leinster

    Johnny Fox's, nestled high in the Dublin Hills, is justly famous for its food, entertianment and atmosphere. Its very touristy but that doesn't stop it from being a great Pub :-) Strangely enough for what is the highest pub in Ireland, its speciality is seafood. Thats whimsy for ya ! Am putting it in my Wicklow section cos thats where I think its...

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  • Germany calling

    Stumbled across this place one day while passing through Roundwood, a village near Glendalough popular with walkers (Its surrounded by good walking!). Its an old Irish pub with German characteristics and food! Oddly the combination works and the food is damn good. I really liked the schnitzel!I later learned that the owners are German and have been...

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  • Johnnie Fox’s Pub

    OK, officially this famous pub is not part of Co. Wicklow, but of Co. Dublin, but it is closer to the Wicklow border than to Dublin City, so I may be forgiven to include it in this section.This is a FUN pub and restaurant with some of the most scrumptious food you’re likely to find in Ireland. Entertainment is seven nights a week, and once inside...

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Wicklow Transportation

  • Tours

    I took a bus from dublin on the "wicklow tour". Any of the tour buses that take you around Dublin have brochures for this kind of day excursion. It stopped in some other places on the way and was a nice way to see some of the counrty side.

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  • Dublin Tour Bus

    I took a bus from dublin on the "wicklow tour". Any of the tour buses that take you around Dublin have brochures for this kind of day excursion. It stopped in some other places on the way and was a nice way to see some of the counrty side.

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  • Train to Wicklow

    Trains go to Dublin, and also to the Ferry port further south in Rosslare.The trains are not overly frequent, so best to refer to the following site for timetable information.http://www.irishrail.ie/home/

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Wicklow Local Customs

  • GLENDALOUGH

    One of the greatest , but destroyed , attraction of Ireland . GLENDALOUGHIt has been in fromer times the religions centre of Ireland. Now ther are only some detroyed building .GLENDALOUGH is placed on the R 756 from Hollywood to Wicklow .

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  • Have a visit to Glendalough....

    Have a visit to Glendalough. Glendalough is situated just near the old military road. Glendalough was made famous by Saint Kevin who came to the area and founded a monastery in AD 498.The most famous of all the landmarks in the area, however, is the Round Tower which stands 33 meters above the ground. It was built almost 1000 years ago by the monks...

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  • Details coming up...

    Details coming up soon...Photo Below: The Glendalough Tower in Glendalough (of course)... here in Co. Wicklow.

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Wicklow Warnings and Dangers

  • Sheeps on the road is not an...

    Sheeps on the road is not an unuseally sight sometimes, so take it carefull while driving. At least this one stayed nicely beside the road. =)

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  • Ireland has one of the lowest...

    Ireland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. I guess that means Wicklow is a pretty safe place. Look, does Wicklow look like a dangerous place to you? (Please see pic below). :-))

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Wicklow Tourist Traps

  • Don't - UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES...

    Don't - UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES - stay at Mrs. Dunne's Bed & Breakfast! It was the worst I've ever seen, lousy beds, cold rooms and the breakfast was absolutely disgusting! All this for IEP 18! In Wicklow town it's the last house on the left of the main street. Don't go there!!! It's not good for your health!

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  • Have picnic at the beautiful...

    Have picnic at the beautiful and spectacular Powerscourt Waterfall. This can br found five kilometres from the Powerscourt gardens and the waterfall is Ireland's highest, falling almost 130 meter into the Dargle Valley. If you are going from Powerscourt gardens, this could be a good starting point of the old and scenic Military Road wich leads into...

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  • Does this place look like it'd...

    Does this place look like it'd trap you into doing anything you wouldn't want to do? Nah. It's safe and fine here. And I mean - everything.

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Wicklow What to Pack

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    by Nobbe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Photo Equipment: Don't forgot to bring your camera while driving along in the Wicklow mountains.

    Miscellaneous: Here: Two horses just outside Powerscourt, with the Suger Loaf mountain in the background.

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Wicklow Off The Beaten Path

  • HOLLYWOOD POST OFFICE & THE AMERICAN...

    I bet when young Matthew Guirk emigrated to America in the mid 19th century to escape from the famine he would not have expected that his family would still be running the small post office in his home village of 100 residents, Hollywood. Many tourists stop in front of the post office to have their photo taken with the famous "Hollywood" letters on...

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  • IS THIS THE REAL "HOLLYWOOD" ?

    The tiny village of Hollywood is located near the Wicklow Gap road, near its junction with the N81 national secondary road and if the story is to be believed one of the village residents gave the name to the more famous Hollywood in the USA. While on a day tour by coach the driver explained that one of the villagers, Mathew Guirke emigrated to...

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  • Anyone for a swim...?

    Born in a place surrounded by sea and mountains, for me, the sea means serenity and calm, the mountains mean life and peace. The week before I went on this trip, I met a girl on holiday from Dublin. Once she found out I was going to her home place and found out how passionate I am for being near the sea, she suggested I go to Brittas Bay. When we...

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  • Glendalough

    GLENDALOUGH' this a very beautiful aim to travel! Here you can hike through the forests and mountains and you can see a beautiful waterfall! And before you do that you can make an organized trip through the place Glendalough where you see old ruins and a lot of celtic crosses - it´s a very historic place!

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  • GLENDALOUGH' this a very...

    GLENDALOUGH' this a very beautiful aim to travel! Here you can hike through the forests and mountains and you can see a beautiful waterfall! And before you do that you can make an organized trip through the place Glendalough where you see old ruins and a lot of celtic crosses - it´s a very historic place!

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  • hike around the Wicklow...

    hike around the Wicklow Mountains National Park and let your feet be washed by the waters of the nearby lake (even if it is cold!) beatiful landsacpes, your feet just want to go by themselves...

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