Wicklow is only an hour from Dublin Airport and less than an hour from Dublin City Centre. When travelling around the county you will find a wide variety of Wicklow Hotels or Wicklow Guesthouses to choose from.
The Wicklow landscape is majestic, whether you are exploring the Wicklow Mountains or the sandy beaches of Brittas Bay or the glens, lakes and woodlands that abound.
If you want to get a real feel for the wilderness in County Wicklow visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park, which covers 20,000 acres of Wicklow uplands, the National Parks and Wildlife Service manage the park. Perhaps the most well-known and popular location within the park is the Glendalough valley, which, in addition to its spectacular scenery, “the valley of the two lakes” is also, knows for its monastic site and Round Tower.
The monastic city was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and the largest church on the site dates from the 11th and 12th centuries and is know as St. Kevin’s Church or St. Kevin’s Kitchen. There are a number of walks, which allow you to explore the Glendalough valley and surrounding hills as well as the Glendalough Visitor Centre. The area was used as a film location in the John Boorman film Excalibur.
As the Garden of Ireland it is not surprising that there are a large number of wonderful gardens and country estates to visit in Wicklow. Each year the Wicklow Gardens Festival features over 30 gardens, both private and public. Some of the fine country estates in Wicklow include Powerscourt House and Gardens located only 20 minutes from Dublin is a fine example of an 18th century Palladian mansion.
Nearby is Kilruddery House and Gardens, home to the Earls of Meath since 1618 and a fine example of an Elizabethan-revival mansion and has featured in the TV production, the Tudors and in the film Becoming Jane. Its gardens are mainly 17th century in their layout with some later 18th and 19th century additions. Also worth a visit is Avondale House and Forest Park, located near the village of Rathdrum and once home to Charles Stuart Parnell, a famous Irish political figure. The house is set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres.
Located in West Wicklow is Russborough House, the house was built in 1741 and designed by the famous architect Richard Cassells. Lord and Lady Beit bought the house in the 1950’s and he established the Alfred Beit Foundation in the 1970’s. The house has a number of fine art and collectables as well as the Beit collection of paintings.
The house is located not far from the beautiful Blessington Lake, which covers over 500 acres. Mount Usher Gardens, located in Ashford on the east of the county are a fine example of a Robinsonian garden and also has a shopping courtyard and Avoca Café.
Other attractions to visit in County Wicklow include, Wicklow Gaol, Arklow Maritime Museum, Avoca Handweavers, Avoca Mines, Baltinglass Abbey and the Powerscourt and Glenmalure waterfalls.
There are plenty of walks and scenic areas to explore in County Wicklow including Ireland’s longest self-guided trail, the Wicklow Way, the Glen of Imaal, the Wicklow Gap, the Great Sugar Loaf, Tomnafinnogue Woodlands Walk, Glenmalure Valley, Bray and Greystones Cliff Walks, Loughs Tay and Dan and Trooperstown.
The Ireland Hotels website features 21 Wicklow hotels and Wicklow guesthouses. Use the accommodation search box on this page to select hotel breaks or a guesthouse in County Wicklow or browse through our great Value Hotel Breaks and special offers sections, featuring midweek and weekend activity and themed short breaks in Wicklow.
Built in the late 18th Century, The Chester Beatty Inn has retained its old world charm & character, boasting open log fires & original beams, offers both locals & the discerning traveller an unrivalled combination of Fine Dining, Music, Entertainment & Luxury Accommodation just 30 mins from Dublin. The Chester Beatty Inn offers 12 luxurious En Suite bedrooma presented with high ceilings & decor in appreciation of the character of the Country Inn, offering you a most relaxed & comfortable stay. All rooms offer King Size Beds, Bath & Shower facilities, TV, direct dial telephone, trouser press, hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee & WiFi. The Yew Tree Cafe & Restaurant at The Chester Beatty Inn offers freshly prepared, homemade cuisine, prepared daily with Breakfast from 7.30mam through lunch to Evening Bistro with last orers 9.30pm, 7 days. With a strong emphasis on seasonal & local produce, you are guaranteed excellent cuisine be it a casula lunch or fine dining in our Restaurant.
The Martello Hotel Bray provides 25 en-suite recently renovated hotel bedrooms and 19 self-catering apartments, ideal for those on any budget! The Martello Hotel is renowned for the fun-loving buzzy atmosphere and style of the hugely popular ‘Martello Bar’ which incorporates a continental style outdoor area. On the first floor the The Tower Bistro offers a casual, great value dining experience seven days a week. Koo Nightclub is open every weekend - one of Bray's top nightspots
Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort is surrounded by 200 acres of beautiful woodlands, overlooking the Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow Mountains, just a 1-hour drive from Dublin and 20 minutes from Punchestown Race course.
Guests can avail of the 18-hole championship golf course, 2 outdoor tennis courts, an indoor games room, 2 treatment rooms, outdoor play area for children and a large terrace area. All of the elegant, stylish rooms have contemporary en suite facilities, along with a TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi internet access. There are also luxurious suites with a private balcony, kitchenette and living room.
The Lime Tree Restaurant is located on the first floor and has stunning views over the 18th hole, it offers spectacular European cuisine and fine wines in an elegant space. Informal dining is offered in the Elk Bar and Lounge, where you can sit back and enjoy the grand piano playing at weekends.
Stoops House is a family-run guest house in Shillelagh, Ireland. Surrounded by 2 acres of landscaped gardens, it provides countryside accommodation overlooking the woodlands. All individually decorated rooms are generous in size. Each features modern art and mood lighting. Wall-mounted LCD TVs and private bathrooms are standard in all Stoops rooms. A full Irish breakfast or continental breakfast can be enjoyed every morning. Packed lunches can be made up on request for Walkers. Home cooked lunch and evening meals can be provided by Coolattin Golf Club Restaurant situated a short walk down the road. Evening entertainment can be found in Shillelagh village less than 3km. The local area offers many attractions including golf, angling, biking and horse-riding. Stoops is a 5-minute stroll from Coolattin Golf Course and a 15-minute drive to Mount Woolsley Golf Course. The sandy beaches along the east coast are 13 miles away by car.
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