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Welcome to Wicklow

Welcome to Wicklow.  According to historians, the town was founded circa AD 795 by the Vikings. The Black Castle ruins overlook the harbour which has a commanding position on the crescent curve of a wide bay. Enjoy a stroll on either of the piers or make your way further along to The Murrough, a coastal wetland which is very popular with walkers and nature lovers and where beautiful views can be found of the town and its coastline.  

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  • 0.53km to City/Town Centre

    Arklow Bay Hotel

    verlooking the lakeside wildlife reserve, The Arklow Bay Hotel is situated in the heart of County Wicklow, Ireland's garden county. Set in idyllic grounds the Arklow Bay Hotel offers 91 tastefully decorated bedrooms is the ideal base to explore and discover all Co. Wicklow has to offer and is easily accessible with good bus and train links plus ample onsite free parking. Whether you are looking for a relaxing break away, family fun, a round of golf, wedding or conference, we have all the facilities needed to make you stay the ultimate experience. All of our guests have full use of the Bay Leisure centre offering a 20 metre deck pool, state of the art gym, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi. You can also unwind and treat yourself to some 'me time' in the Bay Beauty Rooms. Our friendly, efficient staff at this Wicklow Hotel are at your disposal for the duration of your stay. We pride ourselves on our standards of service and customer care. Many of our guests return time and again to soak up the genuine, friendly atmosphere that prevails at the Arklow Bay Conference & Leisure Hotel in Wicklow. We are looking forward to welcoming you here to the Arklow Bay Hotel in Wicklow

    Address: Sea Road, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

    • Brittas Bay - km
    • Clara Lara Funpark - km
  • 4.3km to City/Town Centre

    Ballyknocken House

    Ballyknocken House in Wicklow is an award winning romantic 19th Century Victorian farmhouse offering unique 4 star Bed & Breakfast accommodation. There are seven charming en suite bedrooms, some with Victorian roll top baths.The much loved charm of our homely B&B is reflected in the décor of our accommodation. We offer both twin, double and triple room accommodation We are also delighted to offer private and exclusive rental of the entire house for private groups or special occasions accommodating up to seventeen people. We have a full wine and beer license.

    Address: Ashford, Glenealy,Co.Wicklow

    • Mount Usher Gardens - km
    • Clara Lara Funpark - km
  • 0.26km to City/Town Centre

    Bridge Hotel

    Bridge Hotel is a family run hotel located in Arklow. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, free WiFi throughout and free parking.All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, a desk, tea/coffee making facilities, ironing facilities and a hairdryer.The fully licensed bar/lounge serves food and snacks, local craft beers, spirits and international brands. There is a shared guest lounge and luggage storage facilities.An array of activities and amenities can be enjoyed locally, including golf, fishing, hill walking, stunt driving, archery, leisure centres, cinemas, horse riding, restaurants and bars, hairdressers and beauty salons. Dublin Airport is 70 km away

    Address: Bridge Street, Arklow, Co.Wicklow.Y14A303

    • Brittas Bay - km
    • Clara Lara Funpark - km
  • 0.4km to City/Town Centre

    Summerhill House Hotel

    Welcome to the Summerhill House Hotel Wicklow a beautiful country house hotel located just 30 minutes south of Dublin city and right at the gateway to Wicklow the Garden county of Ireland. Located just on the outskirts of Enniskerry one of Irelands most charming villages and opposite the world famous Powerscourt House & Gardens.

    Address: Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

    • Powerscourt Gardens - km
    • Powerscourt Waterfall - km
  • 1.2km to City/Town Centre

    The Martello Hotel

    Welcome to The Martello Hotel situated in a stunning location giving breathtaking views across the Irish Sea and the imposing Bray Head. The Martello Hotel offers an unmatched combination of accommodation, dining, drink, music and late night entertainment in a lively, vibrant, modern setting on the seafront at Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland just 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre.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.For those who want to continue the revelry into the early hours 'Koo' night club is the perfect spot in Bray, Wicklow.

    Address: Strand Road, Bray,Co. Wicklow

    • Bray Head Cliff Walk - km
    • Powerscourt Gardens - km
  • 37.07km to City/Town Centre

    Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

    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 making it the ideal location for a short break away! Enjoy the breathtaking lush green meadows and lakes that Tulfarris has to offer. Guests can avail of the 18-hole championship golf course, 2 outdoor tennis courts, 2 treatment rooms, a large terrace area. All of the elegant, stylish rooms have contemporary en suite facilities, along with a TV, 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 holes and Blessington Lake, 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 weekends.

    Address: Blessington Lakeshore Resort, Burgage More, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

    • Russborough House - km
    • Lugnaquilla - km
  • 2.7km to City/Town Centre

    Wilton Hotel Bray

    Best hotel in Bray The Wilton Hotel offers excellent accommodation, free car parking, free wi fi. Large comfortable bedrooms, super breakfast the Wilton Hotel Bray enjoys a great location with easy access to Bray town centre (2km), seafront (2km) and the wealth of local attractions and activities available locally in Bray, Wicklow and Dublin.

    Address: Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

    • Powerscourt Gardens - km
    • Powerscourt Waterfall - km
  • 0.78km to City/Town Centre

    Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge

    Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge is the oldest Hotel in Ireland having started life as a coach-house in 1608. Situated in the picturesque Vale of Avoca, the hotel is surrounded by areas of breathtaking natural beauty. The Hotel itself features 29 rooms and overlooks the Woodenbridge Golf Course. Some of the rooms have balconies where you can take in the panoramic views. Directly across from the Woodenbridge Hotel is the Lodge building. Completed in 2004, the Lodge is a more modern building featuring 40 guest bedrooms. The Lodge is situated on the bank of the Aughrim river and is a haven away from the hustle & bustle of the main hotel. The newly refurbished Goldmines Bar is a perfect blend of old world charm and modern warmth. Popular with visitors & locals alike, it features a mouth-watering menu and live music most weekends.

    Address: Vale Of Avoca, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

    • Brittas Bay - km
    • Clara Lara Funpark - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Powerscourt Gardens
  • Glendalough Monastic Settlement
  • Powerscourt Waterfall
  • Brittas Bay
  • Lugnaquilla
  • Clara Lara Funpark
  • Mount Usher Gardens
  • Kildare Village Shopping Outlet
  • Victoria’s Way
  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork
  • The Royal Curragh Golf Club
  • Bray Head Cliff Walk
  • Russborough House
  • Mount Usher Gardens

Things to Do

  • Mount Usher Gardens, with its Avoca Garden Café and Courtyard Shops is situated in Ashford Village, just 35 minutes south of Dublin city. Its sheltered valley setting helps to make these gardens one of the finest examples of a ‘Robinsonian’ style garden with its distinguished collection of trees and shrubs and its informal floral planting schemes.

  • Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is an atmospheric jail museum experience telling the story of its 18th century inmates through an interactive tour. Wicklow Gaol’s story is interwoven with the history of Wicklow and is a highlight on any historical itinerary of the town and its surrounds.

  • Glendalough Monastic Settlement is a world famous 6th century monastery founded by St Kevin with its round tower at a height of 112 foot. It is situated in ‘the valley of the two lakes’ and enthrals visitors with its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. There are a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way. These walks will bring you through oak forests, along the lake-shores or up steep mountain trails that reach panoramic views overlooking the valley.

  • Powerscourt Gardens & House – Voted No 3 in the Top 10 Gardens of the World by National Geographic, these Gardens are situated in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains 20 km south of Dublin City. The Gardens stretch out over 47 acres and are full of a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces and ornamental lakes. You will also find secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch or coffee in the coffee shop found in Powerscourt House, sit out on the terrace and continue to take in the wonderful views of the Gardens and the Sugar Loaf Mountain as a back drop. 

  • The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh are situated just south of Dublin in east County Wicklow. They are found on an18th century estate, seat of the Acton family for three centuries. Kilmacurragh, due to its mild climate, low rainfall and deep, acidic soils provides an advantageous situation for growing plants from the Himalaya and the Southern Hemisphere and is today famous for its conifers and calcifuges. Visitors can meander through the remnants of the 17th century formal gardens and on into the Robinsonian-style wild gardens.  

  • Greenan Maze – This tricky Celtic maze stands on half an acre, is unique in design and even has a stream flowing through it to the pond in the middle. A viewing tower in the centre overlooks the excitement below. There is also a Solstice Maze which is a relaxing, contemplative pathway set within a large stone circle. The Maze gives you a chance to un-wind and enjoy the peaceful tranquillity of the Wicklow Mountains.  Once you have found your way in and out of the Maze, there are plenty of other things to see and do here at Greenan. Kids and adults will enjoy the farm animals on the working farm; stroll along the wild nature walk by the stream and on to the dragon-fly ponds where abundant wild life can be enjoyed.  The Museums and Old Farmhouse will remind you of a by-gone era where you can imagine farming life as it used to be. After all that, you can relax and enjoy some delicious home baking in the tea-rooms and browse through the arts and crafts in the craft shop. 

  • Russborough House is a beautifully refurnished 18th century Palladian mansion housing the world-famous Albert Beit art collection. The beautiful Parklands include a 20,000 sq ft maze, a fairy trail, a playground and walks. A new Bird of Prey Centre is also located alongside the West Courtyard. The tea rooms offer light refreshments and there is also a delightful souvenir and craft shop. 

  • Avoca Mill – This is the birthplace of the Avoca experience and the origin of the family company’s name, Avoca Handweavers. The Visitor Centre tells the story since 1723 and a free Mill Tour allows you to view the whole weaving process at first hand and even have a chat with the weavers. Of course, you can’t leave without sampling the delights of the Avoca Coffee Shop, famous for its delicious lunches and home baking. The historical and picturesque village of Avoca itself is situated on the River Avoca and was the fictional home of BBC TV’s Ballykissangel. 

  • The Wicklow Way is a 131 kilometre walking trail that crosses the Wicklow Mountains from Marley Park in South Dublin through County Wicklow and ends in Clonegal, County Carlow. It is the oldest and one of the most scenic long distance linear walks in the country. Discover some amazing scenery including Powerscourt Waterfall, Lough Tay and Glendalough.

  • Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk - This very enjoyable walk is in a spectacular coastal setting linking Bray and Greystones. This stunning coastal path brings you around the side of Bray Head and above the railway line and rocky coastline. Views both up and down the coast are breath-taking. Greystones has plenty to offer in the way of refreshments after your walk and you have the option of taking the DART back to Bray afterwards.