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Welcome to Carlow

Welcome to Carlow, the county town of County Carlow. This vibrant, ancient town on the River Barrow is thousands of years old and pre-dates written Irish history. The remains of Carlow Castle stand on the east bank of the river and Carlow Courthouse is considered one of the finest in the country. Due to the nearby IT Campus the town is now influenced by an international student population as well as being influenced by a thriving arts and craft community. The Carlow Arts Festival is now an important and successful annual event. Held in June each year it is a mixed-media art and music festival and has a comprehensive musical events line-up.

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  • 4.19km to City/Town Centre

    Mount Wolseley Hotel

    The Mount Wolseley Carlow Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is situated in the tranquil countryside of County Carlow, just one hour from Dublin City. This Four Star Hotel Resort is an exquisite location in Carlow's ancient heritage, for both business and pleasure, and is a renowned venue for weddings in Carlow.The hotel stands on its own 18-Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Christy O'Connor Jnr. Ryder Cup player, and features the Sanctuary Spa, hotel Leisure Club Facilities including 20 Metre Indoor Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Sauna, state-of-the-art Gym. The Family Resort also includes Children's play facilities and Erre Esse Boutique.

    Address: Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland

    • Huntington Castle - km
    • Institute of Technology Carlow - km
  • 1.72km to City/Town Centre

    Talbot Hotel Carlow

    The Talbot Hotel Carlow is Carlow's only 4 star hotel, situated on the outskirts of Carlow Town. The hotel boasts an impressive 82 luxurious bedrooms as well as 2 absolutely stunning signature suites. With fantastic facilities such as a bar, restaurant, hair and beauty salon, 20m swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and a fully comprehensive gym you can be sure there is plenty to keep you entertained during your stay. Plus for our little guests we have our Talbot Tiger Kids club, which runs every day during the school holidays and weekends all year round. Plus we have Kiddies Corner, our children's section of the swimming pool.Perhaps the best feature for children while they come to stay with us has to be The DOME Family Entertainment Centre, which we have on site. The DOME features an all new interactive pins on strings bowling alley that provides as well as Congo Quest the real life like 3D soft play jungle experience.

    Address: Portlaoise Road, Carlow, Ireland

    • Institute of Technology Carlow - km
    • Mount Leinster - km
  • 3.59km to City/Town Centre

    Woodford Dolmen Hotel

    Nestled onto banks of the River Barrow, within luscious green grounds & surrounded by the natural backdrop of the Killeshin Hills,Woodford Dolmen Hotel in Carlow makes the ideal location for a romantic weekend break, a relaxing midweek getaway or a picture perfect wedding. Conveniently located less than an hours drive from Dublin, the picturesque location of this hotel just 5 minutes outside Carlow town, is easily accessible from the M9 & N7 motorways and offers secure & free carparking for all guests. The warm and friendly staff will ensure that you have a truly relaxing and memorable stay. We look forward to welcoming you to Woodford Dolmen Hotel.

    Address: Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Ireland

    • Institute of Technology Carlow - km
    • Mount Leinster - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Duckett's Grove
  • Huntington Castle
  • Altamont Gardens
  • Mount Leinster
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork

Things to Do

  • Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a paradise for chocolate lovers. Not only is this a working chocolate and ice cream factory that makes fine handmade luxury chocolates and premium ice cream, groups can also avail of its workshops and parties. These must be booked in advance, but if you are not in a group you can still walk in daily and ask for a Mould Making session and enjoy an ice cream while waiting for the mould to set!

  • Altamont Gardens near Tullow are known as the most romantic gardens in Ireland. This garden is beautifully varied including its Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen that lead down to the River Slaney. The river walk leads you up to the Hill Walk from where you can stop and take in the wonderful views of the Blackstairs and Wicklow Mountains and Mount Leinster. This beautiful old world garden has an emphasis on the informal Robinsonian style which gives it its feeling of peace and tranquillity as you stroll through it. 

  • The Delta Sensory Gardens are located on the outskirts of Carlow Town. They are set on a 2.5 acre site with 16 interconnecting themed gardens that span the five senses, from water and woodland, to games and music, these gardens offer plenty for the senses over the four seasons of the year. Top names in Irish gardening have designed some of these gardens and they are now a major tourist attraction and are described as “An Oasis of Peace and Tranquility” for groups and individuals.Carlow County Museum is located in the Cultural Quarter of Carlow Town. It is now an award-winning tourist attraction that brings the visitor back in time to discover the interesting heritage of Carlow County. 

  • Carlow Castle stands on the east bank of the River Barrow and was once a strong military fortress. It is similar in design to Ferns Castle in County Wexford but is now a ruin with only the west wall and two battered towers remaining.

  • Brownshill Dolmen is located on the Hacketstown Road and dates back to prehistoric times. It has a very impressive capstone weighing over 100 tones that sits on two portal stones.  It is surrounded by peaceful meadows and is a popular attraction for locals and visitors to the area. 

  • Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds was once part of a 12,000 acre estate that was a large part of the Carlow landscape for over 300 years and home to the Duckett family. The expansive family home including its towers and turrets is now a ruin but is still an extremely photogenic historic building. The County Council has been restoring its walled gardens and the old Georgian Pleasure Grounds are beginning to come alive again due to the care and restoration given to them. This is a peaceful place to visit and stroll round and during busy seasonal times a Tea Rooms can be found in the courtyard along with a neighbouring shop or two. 

  • Carlow Arts Festival is a weeklong event that is held each summer and is the county’s biggest cultural event attracting musicians, writers, actors and street performers producing lots of free and family oriented events. 

  • Huntington Castle & Gardens is located in Clonegal Village.  It was built in 1625 and is still lived in by the descendants of the original owners.  It has been voted in to the top 20 of Ireland’s Hidden Gems and is set on over 160 acres of gardens, woodland and farmland.  The 500 year old gardens in themselves are well worth a visit but there are also very interesting guided castle tours which include the famous Temple of Isis located in the old castle dungeons.  Also outside a fantastic children’s adventure playground can be found along with tasty tearooms and a gift shop. 

  • St Mullins is a picturesque village in South Carlow located beside the River Barrow. It is well worth a visit due to its scenic location but it also has an impressive ecclesiastical history.  On the site of a 7th century monastery there is now a complex worth exploring that includes a medieval church ruin, the base of a round tower and the former Church of Ireland church built in 1811.   There are other prominent monuments including a Norman motte which stands just outside the churchyard gates.  A walk down to the river will bring you on to the starting/finishing point of The Barrow Way and a shorter 6km route starts outside the graveyard, this is the Sli na Slainte trail.