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Angling For All:
Award winning Angling facility on the Ow river. A four acre lake fully stocked with trout and surrounded by an attractive wildlife area. Accessible to wheelchair users with toilets and car parking provided on site. Rods, bait and refreshments available

Sean Linehan Walk: (Aughrim)

A most enjoyable 4km. Woodland looped walk starting at Tinnakilly bridge and following a stream into Tinnakilly wood. Enjoy a picnic by the river on your return to the finish.

Macreddin Village:

Macreddin village, home to The Brook Lodge Hotel, The Wells Spa, Acton’s Pub and The Strawberry Tree Restaurant which is Ireland’s only certified Organic Restaurant is less than ten minutes drive from Askanagap across the mountain at Cappagh or via Aughrim. The newly developed Macreddin Golf Club is now open.

Arklow Cinema:

Bridgewater Centre, Arklow 

Nine Screen Multiplex.

Coral Leisure Centre & Pool:
Swimming Pool, Gym, Sauna & Steamroom, Racquetball and Squash Courts. Phone for details of opening time and bookings. 

Tick Tock Activity Centre: (Arklow)
Activity farm for children from toddlers to 9/10 year olds with indoor and outdoor play areas. Over forty animals including rabbits, peacocks, pigeons, gerbils, goats and sheep. In the pet’s corner you can hold and pet the animals. Coffee shop and picnic area.
Courtown is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the south-east. Fun for all the family with a beautiful sandy beach combined with Pirates Cove family entertainment centre, crazy golf, carnival amusements etc make Courtown an ideal place for a relaxing day out.

Diamond bowl: (Wicklow Town)
Family entertainment Centre. Ten pin Bowling (12 Lanes)  Also Kidzone children’s amusement area.

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol:  (Wicklow Town)
Take a trip back in time and meet some of the most notorious characters to have passed through this historic building. Actors play the part of many of the people who inhabited the jail, creating a realistic experience of life in jail in the 18th. & 19th centuries.

Mount Usher Gardens:  (Ashford)
22 acres of gardens with over 5000 species of plants beside the river Vartry. Have afternoon tea in The Garden Café and visit the shopping courtyard.

Hilltop Outdoor Activity Centre:
Enjoy a number of activities for people from 12 years of age upwards including Shooting and Archery. An ideal outing for individuals, families and groups and can put together a package to suit any group. All age groups and people with or without experience catered for. Staff are specially trained for the individual activities and safety procedures. Stunning views of the Wicklow hills.

Glenroe Farm:
Meet all the farm animals and pets up close. Children’s playground, picnic area, coffee shop, 350 year old farm cottage. The popular television series “Glenroe” was filmed on the farm. An ideal family day out.

The National Gardens Exhibition Centre:
Twenty individual gardens designed by leading garden designers on display. Tea rooms, Garden and Giftshop. 

Sea life Aquarium:
The National Sea Life Aquarium is a state of the art, hi-tech, marine experience displaying over 70 different sea and freshwater species including sharks, crabs, seahorses and starfish.

Powerscourt House & Gardens:
One of Ireland’s finest treasures. 47 acres of gardens including Italian & Japanese Gardens, House exhibition, Speciality  shops, Garden pavilion, Terrace café. Ireland’s Highest Waterfall. 

Skirmish Paintball:
Irelands’s premier paintball game. Six purpose built games areas provide an unrivalled war games experience. 


Glendalough, -the valley of the two lakes- is famous for it’s wild beauty., it’s rich spiritual history and it’s many archaeological sites and is one of Wicklow’s most popular visitor attractions. It is an area steeped in history with wonderful mountain walks, woodland trails and lakeside rambles. Dotted around the valley is a number of interesting archaeological sites including a number of early Christian monastic churches, a round tower and a medieval cathedral. Take the scenic route across the hills through Aughavannagh and Glenmalure to take in some of the best mountain scenery in Wicklow.

Clara Lara Childrens Funpark:
60 acre outdoor children’s fun park including swings, canoes, water slide, crazy golf, go karts and much more. Picnic area and diner. Ideal for an all action day for the kids.

Avondale House:
The birthplace of Charles Stewart Parnell, one of Ireland’s greatest ever political leaders. Set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres there are a number of tree trails and walks to suit everyone. The house is open to the public and contains many original pieces of furniture. With ample car parking, picnic areas, coffee shop, open spaces, wide open spaces for the kids to run free Avondale house is well worth a visit any time of the year. www.coillte.i

Greenane Farm Museum and Maze:

Farm museum with exhibits dating back 200 years gives the visitor an understanding of life on a traditional hill farm. Find your way through the Celtic Hedge maze and enjoy home baking in the tea rooms.

Railway Walk:
A delightful walk along a section of disused railway line starting near Tinahely. The walk joins with the Tomnafinnoge Woods Walk.  Tomnafmnoge is the last surviving fragment of the great Shillelagh woods which once clothed the hills and valleys of south Wicklow.

Haroldstown Dolmen:
Ancient burial site. The Dolmen is one of the finest of it’s kind in Ireland with 2 capstones and 10 vertical stones, two of which acted as a door. Located just off the Hacketstown – Carlow road 

The award winning Rathwood Home, Gift & Garden Centre offers an exclusive range of stylish gifts, a top quality restaurant, charming garden centre and children’ s outdoor play area and train to provide a unique shopping and leisure experience.

Altamont Gardens:
Altamont Gardens are large old world gardens with a strong emphasis  on the informal tradition of combining a good plant collection with the natural landscape of it’s environment. Lawns bisected by sculpted Yews slope down to a lake surrounded by rare trees, rhododendrons and shrubs.  A wonderful place to spend an afternoon www.altamontgarden.m/

The Dome:

Family entertainment centre featuring 12 lanes of Ten Pin Bowling, amusements and children’s indoor adventure centre. Restaurant and café facilities available.

Delta gardens:
The Delta Gardens are a series of interconnecting gardens of a multi sensory nature covering 2.5 acres. A combination of formal and informal landscapes allows the visitor to enjoy splashing fountains, perfumed plants, flowers and foliage.

Carlow Cinema:
Carlow is a thriving town with all of the big stores. If you want to combine a bit of retail therapy with a visit to the movies, Carlow is just a 40 minute drive.

Duckett’s Grove:
Originally the home of the Duckett family from the middle of the 18th. century. Although damaged by fire in 1933, the remaining towers and turrets give the enchanting structure a fairytale air. Two newly restored walled gardens, wooded walks and a nature trail make for a tranquil experience

Browneshill Dolmen: (Carlow)
Ancient burial site. The dolmen has the largest capstone of it’s kind in Europe weighing an estimated 100 tonnes. It is thought that religious rites, possibly even human sacrifice were performed there for four and a half thousand years up to 2500B.C. Located just off the Hacketstown – Carlow road

Moone High Cross: (County  Kildare)
Moone High Cross is one of the finest examples to be found in Ireland. Dating from the 7th. century, the 5 metre high granite cross is decorated with scenes from The Old and New Testaments, including The Crucifixion, The Twelve Apostles, The Flight into Egypt and Daniel in The Lion’s Den. Timolin pewter mill and giftshop are located nearby.  

The National Stud & Japanese Gardens:
Home to some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds, the guided tour offers a fascinating insight into the bloodstock industry and an opportunity to see stallions, mares and foals at close range. In the grounds are the exquisite Japanese Gardens and Saint Fiachra’s Garden of indigenous Irish Plants named after the patron Saint of Irish Gardeners. Admission covers entry to all four attractions.

Newbridge Silver:
Newbridge Silver is synonymous with quality and style all over the world. Silverware and jewellery are manufactured on site. The showroom includes the Museum of Style Icons which is a permanent exhibition dedicated to design and style excellence. The museum includes artifacts associated with some of the stars of screen including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Barbara Streisand and Julie Andrews.  Admission is free.

Russborough House:
Probably the finest house of it’s kind in Ireland to be open to the public. Built in 1741 the beautifully restored house is home to the Beit collection of art, fine furniture, tapestries, porcelain and silver. Maze and newly opened walkway in the demesne.

Ballykeenan Pet & Aviary Farm:
Variety of fowl, animals and unusual birds. Feel and touch section. All visitors receive a fully guided tour from the McCord family. Open April to September.

Dunmore Cave: (Kilkenny)
The cave consists of a number of chambers containing some of the finest calcite formations to be found in any cave in Ireland.

Johnstown Castle: (Wexford)
Set in extensive ornamental grounds where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll, Johnstown Castle is home to The Irish Agricultural Museum which provides a great insight into many aspects of rural life in days gone by. Special exhibits feature farm transport, The Potato Famine, dairying, rural crafts and farmhouse furniture. Coffee shop on site. Highly recommended.

Dunbrody Heritage Ship: (Wexford)  
Full Scale reproduction of a 19th. century Famine Ship. Walk on and walk in the footsteps of emigrants on their journey of hope in the 1840’s

Irish National Heritage Park: (Wexford)
9000 years of Irish History, told in a fascinating setting of woodland, riverbank and native Irish dwellings. Man’s first settlements I Ireland up to the arrival of the Normans in the 12th. century are recreated

1798 Visitors Centre Enniscorthy: (Wexford)
The centre tells the epic and heroic tale of the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland and it’s aftermath, using the latest multi-media and interactive computers. 

Kilmacurragh Gardens:
Around the ruins of a fine Queen Anne style house lie 52 acres of wild Robinsonian gardens began in 1715 and further expanded with the advice of the Directors of the Botanic Gardens in Dublin during the 19th century. Rare trees and shrubs abound. The arboretum is now being replanted by the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. Ideal for a relaxing stroll.

Open: Winter; November to mid February 9am – 4.30pm, Summer; mid February to October 9am – 6pm. Admission is free

Facilities: Mostly Wheelchair Accessible, Toilets, Child Friendly, Pet Friendly (dogs on leads), Guided Tours, Coach Parking

GPS Coordinates: N 52 56.059 W 6 09.161

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