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Avoca
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Avoca

Avoca is a small town in County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland. It sits close to where the rivers Avocaand Avonbeg converge, and it has the charm of an archetypal rural Irish town that, perhaps, only its use as the location for the hit BBC show Ballykissangel can bestow.

The tiny streets and small stone cottages of Avoca, set against a backdrop of rolling green countryside, create a feeling of tranquillity and relaxation. There’s more to Avocathan just a place to unwind, however, since it is an area rich in history and offers a range of activities to suit all tastes.

The History of AvocaMining has played an important role in the history Avoca. The area is mentioned on maps dating back to the Roman era, and copper has been mined here since the 1700s. The remains of the old mines, including engine houses and a mineral tramway arch, are still visible today.

Avoca is also famous for hand weaving, a traditional skill which has been used to fashion handmade fabrics for centuries. There is still a working hand weaving mill in Avoca, situated on the banks of the River Avoca. As well as a store selling traditional fabric items and gifts and a cafe, visitors can enjoy a tour around the mill itself, the oldest working mill in Ireland. It has been producing fine fabrics since 1723 and the original whitewashed buildings are well worth a visit.

Take the Rathdrum Road through Avoca, past the point where the rivers Avoca and Avonbeg meet, and a pathway up to the top of the hill will bring you to the impressive Mottee Stone. This is a large white granite boulder deposited on top of the hill at the end of the Ice Age, although a colourful local legend has it that it was thrown there from the top of Lugnaquilla Mountain by the legendary figure of Fionn MacCumhaill.

Shopping in AvocaA stay in Avoca isn’t all about exploring the past, however. The shopping on offer, for example, runs the gamut from traditional craft goods and local farm produce to large scale shopping centres and high street names. Wander around the town and browse a selection of designer jewellery, hand crafted Shillelagh sticks and art produced by local artists. The Bridgewater Shopping Centre in nearby Arklowoffers mainstream high street retail, whilst nearby Macreddin Village hosts a food market on the first Sunday of every month between April and October.

Avoca AppAlthough much of the appeal of Avocalies in its old world charm, the tourist experience on offer is firmly embedded in the 21st century, thanks to the Wicklow Tourism app for androids and smartphones. Download the app whilst staying in Avocaand you’ll be able to access real time information on amenities, attractions, shopping, food, drink, accommodation and everything else that will help you fall in love with this place.

Booking a Trip to AvocaThe hills, fields and forests surrounding Avocaprovide excellent walking and hiking opportunities throughout the year. Nearby golf courses such as Woodenbridgeand Arklow offer a sporting challenge that is hard to refuse. Meanwhile the golden beaches of the Wicklow coast are just a short drive away.

Avocais more than an archetypal Irish small town: it’s an archetypal holiday location.

Cherrybrook B&B
Cherrybrook B&B
3 out of 5
Avoca Village, Avoca, Wicklow
The price is £61 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Situated in Avoca, this golf bed & breakfast is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Avoca Mines and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Woodenbridge Golf Club. Mottee Stone and Bridgewater ...
4.2/5Very Good! (20 reviews)
"Very well situated for touring Wicklow, Beirne the host was very friendly and welcoming."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2019

Cherrybrook B&B
Lovely Light Filled Townhouse in Avoca
Lovely Light Filled Townhouse in Avoca
Main St, Avoca, Wicklow (county)
The price is £183 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Situated in Avoca, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Mill at Avoca Village and within 3 miles (5 km) of Woodenbridge Golf Club and Mottee Stone. Avoca ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Spacious, warm house in a lovely village
"Overall we enjoyed this property in the perfect little village of Avoca. It is large, comfortable and warm and as it rained a fair bit in the evenings the NetFlix came in handy. It is also equipped with everything you’ll need. The shower is also very, very good. We were a little disappointed that ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019

Lovely Light Filled Townhouse in Avoca
The Meetings B&B
The Meetings B&B
3 out of 5
Avoca, Avoca, Wicklow (county)
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Situated in Avoca, this bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of Avoca Mines, Mottee Stone and Avondale House. Mill at Avoca Village is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (67 reviews)
"A lovely b&b highly recommended very clean with lovely scenery"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

The Meetings B&B
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lovely Light Filled Townhouse in Avoca
Lovely Light Filled Townhouse in Avoca
Main St, Avoca, Wicklow (county)
The price is £183 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Situated in Avoca, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Mill at Avoca Village and within 3 miles (5 km) of Woodenbridge Golf Club and Mottee Stone. Avoca ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Spacious, warm house in a lovely village
"Overall we enjoyed this property in the perfect little village of Avoca. It is large, comfortable and warm and as it rained a fair bit in the evenings the NetFlix came in handy. It is also equipped with everything you’ll need. The shower is also very, very good. We were a little disappointed that ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019

Lovely Light Filled Townhouse in Avoca
Woodstock Demesne Holiday Homes
Woodstock Demesne Holiday Homes
Woodstock Holiday Homes, 31, Kilcoole, Wicklow (county)
Situated in a rural location, this resort is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Druids Glen Golf Club and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from National Garden Exhibition Center. Wicklow Mountains ...
Woodstock Demesne Holiday Homes
Unique Lodge With Industrial Designed Interior
Unique Lodge With Industrial Designed Interior
Ballymacahara, Ashford, Ashford, Wicklow (county)
Situated in Ashford, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Mount Usher Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sculpture in Woodland and Wicklow's Historic ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Christmas /new year at Birchhill House Ashford Wicklow
"Thankyou Pete and Una. Very welcoming and excellent hosts attended to all our requests. Property is different and quaint (tin/wood. Recycled products. Like a mini grand design) from our normal home which made it a joy and a novelty and a lovely wood burning stove (logs provides) especially for this ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2021

Unique Lodge With Industrial Designed Interior
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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