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Carlow is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, with many sights, both modern and historic to be visited and enjoyed. Booking a four star hotel online in County Carlow will give all visitors great access to all of the area’s attractions. There is so much to see and do nearby.
Its most notable historic site is Browneshill Dolmen, a portal megalithic tomb constructed between 4,000 and 3,000 BC. It is situated on a hill that was formerly a part of the estate of the Browne family, which gives it its name. The top stone of the tomb is estimated to weigh 100 tonnes, arguably the heaviest in Europe.
Another great historic place to visit is Shankill Castle, which offers both a guided tour of the building as well as walks around its beautiful gardens. The castle is open to visitors every weekend from Easter until September, with many special events to be enjoyed.
Russborough House, just a short trip away when staying in a 4 star hotel in Carlow, has a wealth of attractions for visitors. This magnificent country house was built in the 1740s and can boast having had more than a million visitors to its guided tours. The estate features a unique maze in its gardens. The Palladian mansion is also home to artists and artisans, such as candlemakers, blacksmiths, stone masons and ceramicists.
Carlow is perfectly situated for a visit to the Wicklow Mountains, which occupy all of County Wicklow, as well as parts of the counties of Carlow, Wexford and Dublin. At the heart of the area is its national park. This is an extremely popular spot for all things outdoor, such as walking or hiking to horse riding and mountain biking. It boasts a network of marked walking trails, from a short half-hour stroll to more exacting four-hour hikes.
The town centre of Carlow is home to many attractions, such as the ruined castle, built in the 13th century but mostly destroyed in the 18th Century, with just two of its towers remaining today. Nearby, is the town’s fascinating museum, the historic courthouse and the County Carlow Military Museum. Staying in a four star hotel in or around Carlow gives easy access to sights both in and around the town.
County Carlow is famed for the quality of its food. To highlight the importance of produce in the region, it is also host to the Food Rescue Festival, which highlights the amount of food that is unnecessarily wasted and how it can be used more economically.
The region’s locally produced food is on offer at 4 star hotels around Carlow. Chefs using local fresh ingredients provide superb menus for visitors, with grass-fed cattle and lamb, and seasonal vegetables all on offer. After a hard day of seeing the sights, this is a charming way to relax, before a stroll through the town or the beautiful countryside. Staying in a four star hotel in Carlow is an experience that everyone will want to repeat.