Things To See and Do

County Wicklow, often referred to as the “Garden of Ireland,” is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, historic sites, and outdoor activities. Here’s a list of things to see and do in County Wicklow:

  1. Glendalough: This ancient monastic site nestled in the Wicklow Mountains National Park is a must-visit. Explore the ruins of a medieval monastery, scenic lakes, and picturesque walking trails.
  2. Wicklow Mountains National Park: Embark on hikes through the scenic beauty of the Wicklow Mountains. The park offers various trails catering to different difficulty levels, providing breathtaking views of valleys, lakes, and forests.
  3. Powerscourt Estate: Visit one of Ireland’s finest country estates, boasting stunning gardens, waterfalls, and a historic mansion. Powerscourt Gardens are renowned for their beauty and are perfect for a leisurely stroll.
  4. Russborough House: Explore this stately home with its impressive architecture and extensive art collection. The house also offers guided tours and hosts various events throughout the year.
  5. Bray: Enjoy a day at the seaside town of Bray, with its promenade, beach, and scenic cliff walks. Bray is also home to a variety of cafes, restaurants, and pubs.
  6. Avoca Handweavers: Visit Ireland’s oldest weaving mill at Avoca Village and explore its shop, cafe, and gardens. You can purchase high-quality Irish wool products and other handmade crafts.
  7. Wicklow Way: Hike or walk a section of Ireland’s oldest long-distance trail, the Wicklow Way. The trail spans 129 kilometers (80 miles) through the Wicklow Mountains, offering stunning views and diverse landscapes.
  8. Mount Usher Gardens: Wander through these award-winning gardens, known for their botanical diversity and tranquil atmosphere. Enjoy the beauty of the plants, trees, and water features throughout the gardens.
  9. The Sally Gap: Drive or cycle through the dramatic scenery of the Sally Gap, a mountain pass in the Wicklow Mountains. Stop at Lough Tay, also known as the “Guinness Lake,” for its distinctive dark waters and white sandy beach.
  10. Historical Sites: Explore the historic sites scattered throughout the county, including ancient burial sites, castles, and ruins such as the Black Castle in Wicklow Town and the medieval Trim Castle.
  11. Outdoor Activities: Engage in various outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and golfing, with numerous opportunities available throughout the county.
  12. Events and Festivals: Check out local events and festivals that showcase the culture, heritage, and traditions of County Wicklow, such as the Wicklow Arts Festival and the Bray Air Display.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking relaxation amidst beautiful surroundings, County Wicklow offers a wealth of attractions and activities to explore.