They say that a break is as good as a rest, but for many it is a spot of retail therapy that really makes all the difference. If you are holidaying in County Wicklow, and know you are going to need to satisfy your desire to shop, then you should consider choosing a hotel in striking distance of Arklow in the south of the county.
Hotels Near Arklow
Arklow is a lively town tucked away in the southern corner of County Wicklow. In its illustrious past, the town was renowned as one of the busiest ports in Ireland: it boasted a flourishing boat building, sea fishing and pottery industry.
Today, though, it offers trade of a different kind. Lining the banks of the River Avoca you will find the shopper’s paradise of Bridgewater Shopping Centre.
The river itself divides the town in two. It is crossed by the Nineteen Arches Bridge, a handmade stone arch bridge that is the longest of its kind in Ireland.
The shopping centre has its own claim to fame too. It is one of the top shopping destinations in the southeast of the Republic of Ireland and home to more than 40 fantastic fashion, food and lifestyle stores. In addition you can find a food court to help sustain your mammoth shopping spree and a nine screen cinema to relax in once it is over.
County Wicklow Hotels
The shops in Bridgewater offer something for all the family and there is plenty to do nearby too. Just a short drive will take you from the bright lights of retail to the gentler, calming forces of natural beauty. The surrounding countryside and valley that follows the river back to the village of Avoca is one of rolling hills dotted with lovely little hamlets. One of the most scenic spots is the Vale of Avoca, a darkly wooded valley that has been popularised as the setting for the T.V. show Ballykissangel.
Just along the coast you will also find the beautiful beaches of Brittas Bay, whose charms have enchanted philosophers like Ludwig Wittgenstein as well as many a holidaymaker more interested in simpler pleasures.<P>You can find hotels in the towns and the more rural locations in the southern part of County Wicklow. Even here in the south you are still only just over half an hour from Dublin by car, so even the most remote hotel is never going to leave you too far from the attractions of the capital. The beauty of hotels in County Wicklow is that, despite having the shops of Arklow’s Bridgewater Shopping Centre at your doorstep and the energy of Dublin just a short car journey away, you still can feel truly away from it all.
Hotels in the villages, towns and countryside of County Wicklow cater for all budgets from luxury five star hotels complete with golf courses, spas and gyms to modest but welcoming two star accommodation options that are surrounded by delightful countryside.
Wherever you choose to stay beautiful countryside, classic coastal views and, of course, retail therapy to die for await. Enjoy your stay in County Wicklow.