Wicklow

County Wicklow, Contae Chill Mhantain in Irish is known colloquially as the garden county and is located
in the Mid-East region in Leinster.  It is less than one hour south of Dublin city centre.  

The Wicklow mountain range is the largest continuous upland region in Ireland.  Wicklow is a haven for
walkers, with one popular attraction “The Wicklow Way” - the oldest waymarked long distance walking
trail in Ireland.

Some areas of interest in Wicklow include:

Glendalough

The star attraction, which is Glendalough, is in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.  It was founded in the
6th Century by St Kevin.  It is set in a glaciated valley with two lakes. The monastic remains include a superb
round tower, stone churches and also decorated crosses. There are beautiful walks through the valley and
around the lakes.

Joyces House Bray

This mid 19th century seaside house, was the family home of the famous Irish writer James Joyce. It is also
significant in that it is the setting for the Christmas Dinner scene in Joyce's book;
'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'.

Powerscourt House and Gardens

This is a magnificent Palladian house and renowned grounds, nestled at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains,
off the N11, while Powerscourt waterfall - which is the highest in Ireland - is 6km from the main estate.

Arklow Maritime Museum

The Arklow Maritime Museum deals extensively with the maritime history of Arklow in County Wicklow, in particular,
its boat building.

Black Castle Wicklow

The Black Castle ruin stands on a rocky promontory over the sea, at the eastern side of Wicklow town. There is a
fine vantage point for views over the town and the beautiful coast of North Wicklow from the ruins.


The Historic Town of Arklow is situated on the East Coast in Co. Wicklow.  Arklow  is a good base for sightseeing.  
Each July, the Arklow Summer Breeze Festival takes place.  It is, 87km south of Dublin Airport, 69km south of
Dun Laoghaire Ferryport and is 90km north of Rosslare Ferryport.  It is easily accessible from the N11 between
Dublin and Wexford.

Some places to visit in Arklow include:  Arklow Maritime Museum and Knockananna Museum and
Arklow Visual Arts Gallery.


Bray - a seaside town is on the banks of the beautiful Dargle River.  Due to its location in Northeast Wicklow,  
Bray, (Bra or Bri Cualann) is the “Gateway to the Garden of Ireland”, as it is only 28kms South of Dublin City and
11.75 kms from Dun Laoghaire Ferryport, with easy access from the M11/N11. With a Heritage Centre, a vibrant
Arts Centre, historic Houses, scenic walks  can all be found in Bray. Bray also hosts The Bray Jazz and Summerfest
festivals.

Places to visit in Bray: Killruddery House and Gardens, Joyce’s Bray House and Bray Heirtage Centre.


Cill Mhantain meaning "church of the toothless one’’ Built on a great promontory overlooking the sea, on the
R750 29kms south of Bray. Wicklow enjoys a very attractive setting as a Town.

Festivals in Wicklow town include the Round Ireland Yacht Race, Wicklow Regatta festival, one of the oldest
festivals in Ireland and Wicklow Arts festival. Wicklow town was the birthplace of Robert Halpin - the famous
sea captain.

Places to visit in Wicklow:  Wicklow’s Historic Gaol and Black Castle Wicklow.

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