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Wicklow Town is built on a great promontory overlooking the sea, the town enjoys one of the most attractive settings of any Irish town and has easy access to the surrounding County, the Garden of Ireland.
The name of the town comes from the days of the Vikings who established a seaport here in a sheltered bay beneath Wicklow Head. They called it Wykinglo, 'translating the bay of the ships'.
Older traditions tell of the foundation of a church by an otherwise unknown disciple of St. Patrick called Mantan.
The Town is a centre for fishing, sailing & walking and you can visit the Wicklow Gaol Museum, the 12th Century Black Castle ruins and Wicklow Head.
WICKLOW’S HISTORIC GAOL
Welcome to one of Ireland’s best and most interactive experiences. On entering the building you will be transported back in time and meet face to face with some of the most notorious characters to have walked the floors of this dramatic and history filled building. Facilities include Cafe and Craft & Gift Shop. The Gaol is open daily Mon-Sun 10.30am - last admission 4.30pm. Log onto www.wicklowshistoricgaol.com for
Places to Visit & Things to Do...
MOUNT USHER GARDENS
Ashford - These privately owned gardens are laid out along the banks of the Varty River. They measure 20 acres and contain approx. 5,000 different species of plants & trees. Cascades and suspension bridges are visible from many areas. Open daily Mid March - End of October. 10.30am - 6pm. . Tel: 0404 40205
GREENANE FARM MUSEUMS AND MAZE
Rathdrum - The Farm Museum has exhibits dating back over 200 years when traditional hill-farming used only the horse/ass. An understanding of traditional hill farm can be obtained from a visit to Greenane. The collection is one of the largest in the country. The Maze was planted in 1988 and the centre is surprisingly difficult to find. Open May weekends only, June 6 days (closed Monday), July & August 7 Days, September & October Sundays only. T: 0404 46000
AVONDALE HOUSE & FOREST PARK
Rathdrum - Avondale House is set in a magnificent forest of over 500acres and was the birthplace & home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 - 1891), and is now a museum to his memory.
Informative video presentation of the life of Parnell. Knowledgeable guides. Forest trails, designated picnic areas, children's play area and orienteering course suitable for children & adults. Open Easter - End of October. 11am-5pm Tel: 0404 46111 or see www.coillteoutdoors.ie
Annamoe Trout Fishery – On a 4-acre lake, Annamoe Trout fishery offers quality angling and the thrill of a catch in a beautiful natural scenic environment. Prime fish, brown trout, artic char & rainbow trout from 1lb to 10lb. Angling equipment is for sale or hire, bait is also available. Full day or half day tickets, discount rates for under 16 years. Open daily March to November 9am to dusk. Also open after Christmas & New Year.
Tel: 0404 45470.
Bel-Air is an old country house on an estate with really good riding. Imagine a fantastic horse and thousands of acres of breathtaking Wicklow woods, trails and forest. An exhilarating ride to the top of a mountain where your reward will be stunning coastal scenery and a chance to catch your breath. You are still on a high when you get back, ready to relax and unwind by the big log fire. Tel: +353 87 2794392.
GLENROE OPEN FARM
Kilcoole - The farm offers close and easy access to a wide variety of farm animals and pets. There is a Pets Corner where you can hold your favourite fluffy pet and an outdoor children's playground. The farm is wheelchair accessible and has a coffee shop, gift shop, and lots of outdoor and indoor picnic tables. Open Daily April to August. Weekends/Bank Holidays in March, September & October.
Telephone: 01 287 2288
BLAINROE GOLF COURSE – A parkland course that has extensive views of the Irish Sea with some holes right on the coastline. The exposure to the coastal winds adds to its challenging test. Two holes worth noting are the 14th & 15th hole over the lake. Tel: 0404 68168.
WICKLOW GOLF CLUB– It is a challenging and scenically spectacular course. Good food & hospitality are assured. Tel: 0404 67379.
MILBROOK PAR 3 PITCH & PUTT – This 18 hole, par 3 course nestles in the picturesque valley and incorporates interesting water features. Tel: 0404 41647.