I want to see
Wicklow's infamous jail was opened in 1702 for prisoners sentenced under the repressive Penal Laws. Unfortunately, it was famous throughout Ireland for the brutality of the guards and the harsh conditions suffered by inmates. Today, however, there are regular, highly entertaining tours of the prison throughout the summer which make the Gaol one of Wicklow's most popular tourist attractions.
One of the finest beaches on the East Coast, Brittas Bay has a 5km stretch of beautiful white sand dunes and clean beaches.
There are LOTS of things for you to do in and around Wicklow. Take a look here to see how to book everything from golf to fishing, horse riding to sailing.
The Black Castle
One of the main attractions in Wicklow Town. Immediately south of the harbor, perched on a promontory that has good views of the coastline, the structure was built in 1169 by Maurice Fitzgerald, an Anglo-Norman lord who arrived with the English invasion of Ireland.
Glendalough means The Valley of Two Lakes. The buildings here are from the 8th and 12th Centuries and the most famous is, of course, the Round Tower.
What an unusual way to spend a morning, afternoon or an entire day – perfect if you’d like a taste of Ireland's scenery, nature and birdlife.
I want to eat
One of Wicklow’s best restaurants is in one of our most scenic spots – great food, nice people and well worth the drive up into the mountains.
Another very popular restaurant near the gorgeous Glendalough right in the heart of Wicklow Mountains National Park (like Boswell Mews).
This is the oldest coaching inn in Ireland and boasts one of the finest old restaurants in all of Wicklow.
The Bridge Tavern, on the arched stone bridge over the river in the heart of Wicklow Town, offers top class food in both open air, the bar and in the bistro.
Deli and restaurant serving fantastic, genuinely homemade food, cakes and the best coffee.
A little gem right beside the incredible Brittas Bay beach.
Leitrim Bar & Lounge
Good bar food in this old-fashioned public house in the middle of town. Burgers, steaks and sandwiches are there, but you’ll also find some Asian-influenced stir-fries and duck dishes too.
An award-winning café and part of a brand that has become famous for it great, wholesome, freshly prepared food.
Kilmacurragh Arboretum is managed by the National Botanic Gardens and was once a large estate planted during the 19th century by curators of the National Botanic Gardens at that time.
Now in Ashford village, serving good food at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Book lunch, dinner or afternoon tea in one of the East coast’s nicest country house hotel – just minutes from Boswell Mews.
I want to go
Avondale House is the restored birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell. Set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres with tree trails and walks ranging from one to five hours.
Located a short drive from Boswell Mews, run by celebrity TV chef Catherine Fulvio, the school offers a broad range of cookery classes from Southern Italian recipes to Gourmet on a Budget with something for everyone and accommodation available in a Victorian Farmhouse, Ballyknocken House.
Livery and riding lessons/treks for children and adults, located very close to Brittas Bay.
Right next door to us is Boswell Equestrian with eventing, horses, show jumping, stables and tack shop.
In Arklow Bridgewater with more than 40 fantastic fashion, food and lifestyle stores such as Dunnes, TK Maxx, Next, a food court and a cinema.
Coillte forests provide some of Ireland's best outdoor family recreation opportunities from walking and hiking to mountain biking and from family picnics to fishing and nature watching.
Diamond Bowl & KidZone
Diamond Bowl is on the way into Wicklow Town and is an entertainment centre whose ground floor has 12 lanes for ten-pin bowling, American pool tables, simulators, air hockey and arcade games. Upstairs is devoted to the under 12s with a 15,000 sq ft indoor play area.
If you like golf, you are absolutely spoiled for choice around Ashford. For championship to links courses, you could play a different course every day all season long.
Clara Lara is a unique outdoor adventure park and activity centre on 30 acres of beautiful countryside. One of Wicklow’s most popular kids birthday party venues and fun for all the family.
Glenroe Open Farm where the kids can hold, feed and get close to all their favourite furry animals, including rabbits, gerbils and guinea pigs.
Visitors will delight in a fun-filled day of heritage, education, nature and relaxation. It is a wonderful day out for everyone.
Outdoor activities for people from 12 years of age upwards, including quad biking and archery.
One of County Wicklow’s top attractions is less than a mile away - the 8-hectare Mt Usher Gardens, just outside Ashford. The gardens are pretty special, with trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants from around the world laid out in Robinsonian style. BBC's Gardener's World Magazine voted Mount Usher the Best Garden to Visit in Ireland and it's one of only 3 top-rated Irish gardens in the UK's The Good Garden Guides. Of course, Monty Don also nominated it one of his favourites to visit anywhere.There’s also an Avoca café here too.
With over 28 different displays featuring over 90 different species, the National Sea Life Centre on Bray’s Seafront is a perfect destination for a family outing.
There are LOTS of things for you to do in and around Wicklow. Take a look here to see how to plan tours, heritage sites and art galleries.
Powerscourt is one of Europe’s great treasures and is Ireland’s most famous stately house and gardens. It’s a heritage property and you can now book your visit online here.
Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland's highest waterfall, is a favourite family attraction in Wicklow with picnic area, woodland walks and playground.
Closed down during the 16th-century dissolution of the monasteries, the Friary in the centre of Wicklow Town is a reminder of Wicklow's stormy past, which began with the unwelcome reception given to St. Patrick on his arrival in AD 432.