Take me to the Garden of Ireland!
County Wicklow is one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland. Just a short drive from Dublin, It is known as the garden of Ireland because of it’s green and well-designed landscapes. There are numerous places in County Wicklow that attract tourists from all over the world, such as Wicklow Mountain National Park, Lough Tay, Glendalough medieval monastic settlement and Glendalough valley. Filmmakers also love the scenes Wicklow provides and have shot a few films and series in this County.
Here are things to do in Wicklow, Ireland
1| Glendalough Valley
Glendalough or Glendaloch is a valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is found within the Wicklow mountains range. The name means ‘valley of the two lakes; the two lakes being the upper lake and the lower lake. The lakes are so beautiful and perfect for a picnic.
2| Glendalough Monastic Settlement
Near the lower lake, there are historical sites and ruins, a cathedral, as well as great walking trails. People come from all over the world to see how people settled a long time ago.
3| Lough Tay
Lough Tay means ‘Lake Tay’ and is located on the Guinness Estates. Surrounded by Wicklow mountains, the lake presents such a magnificent and picturesque scenery that is arguably one of the best in the whole of Ireland. The Vikings series are filmed here. In my opinion, picnicking at the lake is one thing you must do when in Ireland.
4| Powerscourt Estate & Gardens
At Powerscourt Estate & Gardens in Enniskerry, you will be mesmerized by a beautiful house and breathtaking gardens that surround a beautiful Triton Lake. Visiting Powerscourt is one of the best things to do in Wicklow and very popular amongst tourist from all over the world, it is wise to plan your trip wisely and avoid times that the gardens will be filled with people.
5| Powerscourt Falls
Just 6km from Powerscourt Estate & Gardens you will find this beautiful waterfall that stands at 398 ft. Powerscourt Falls is considered Ireland’s highest waterfall. People sit around the waterfall and enjoy a picnic while admiring the beauty of this area.
6| Sugar Loaf Mountain
The ‘Great Sugar Loaf’ Mountain in County Wicklow can be viewed from various places around Wicklow. When you stand at the Powerscourt Estate House or in the Powerscourt Gardens, you can see Sugar Loaf Mountain.
7| Military Road
Military Road runs from Rathfarnham, Dublin through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains and Enniskerry, all the way to County Carlow border. The road was constructed by the British army in order to capture Michael Dwyer, an Irish rebel leader in the 1800’s.
8| Bray Seafront
Bray is in County Wicklow, about 30km from Wicklow mountains. When you are driving from Dublin you will get to Bray first before Wicklow Mountains National Park, Lough Tay, and Glendalough. The seaside town is vibrant and bright, it is perfect for a day trip. People sit outside pubs and restaurants along the seafront and enjoy fresh fish and chips. Eating fish and chips while strolling along the coast in Bray is one of the best things to do in Wicklow.
Other things to do in Wicklow County:
9| Visit the famous Sally’s Gap in Enniskerry
10| See Russborough House & Parklands
11| Be mesmerized by the views from Wicklow Head
12| Take a scenic drive via Wicklow Way
13| Visit the filming location of the ‘Braveheart’ movie
14| See the bridge where ‘P.S. I Love You’ was filmed
15| Go to Avoca Handweavers in Kilmacanogue
16| Visit The Mill at Avoca Village
17| Visit the National Sea Life Center in Bray
18| Take a Bray Head Cliff Walk
19| Take in the beautiful views at Bray Head
20| Visit the Festina Lente Equestrian Centre & Walled Gardens
21| Take a stroll in Mount Usher Gardens
22| Visit Brittas Bay
23| Another beautiful garden to Visit is the National Botanic Gardens in Kilmacurragh
24| Go to Killruddery House & Gardens
25| Enjoy Avondale House & Forest Park
26| Castleruddery Stone Circle
27| Enjoy the Victor’s Way
28| See the Avoca White Cross
29| See the Mottee Stone
30| Visit the Baltinglass Abbey
31| Enjoy the beauty of Glenmacnass Waterfall
32| Take a walking puzzle at Greenan Maze
33| Take a boat ride in Blessington Lakes
34| Visit the Hunting Brook Gardens
35| Watch birds at National Bird of Prey Centre
36| For golf lovers visit Arklow Golf Links
37| See beautiful birds at Falconry Ireland
38| Visit the National Garden Exhibition Centre
39| Enjoy the June Blake’s Garden
40| Enjoy an afternoon swim at Greystones Blue Flag Beach
41| Visit the Avondale House & Forest Park
Good luck and always travel in style!