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County Wicklow City Guide

Famous for the stunning scenery of its daunting inland mountain range and its pretty coastline, County Wicklow is just a stone’s throw from Dublin, making it popular with both tourists and the inhabitants of Ireland’s capital. Magnificent monastic ruins, handsome mansion houses and glorious gardens abound along the Wicklow Way, the country’s most popular walking trail. Given its proximity to Dublin, you can be exploring the county’s many delights quickly and easily by car or through a combination of public transport and walking boots.

Stretching more than 80 miles from Dublin’s southern suburbs to Clonegal in County Carlow, the Wicklow Way takes in nature trails, old bog roads and disused military supply lines. Typically, it can be completed in five to seven days, with up to 24,000 people walking the most popular sections every year.

A Landscape Full of Drama

As you leave Dublin for County Wicklow, affectionately known as the “Garden of Ireland”,  the landscape changes dramatically. The journey south crosses moors, bogs and mountains splashed with lakes. The desolate, wild peaks mix with deep glacial valleys to produce an unforgettable landscape.

The most remote parts of the mountains and surrounding wilderness can be explored via the Military Road. The best place to join it is at Glencree, allowing you to head south through the Sally Gap, the Glenmacness Valley, famous for its waterfall, Laragh, the Glenmalure Valley and Aghavannagh.

Glendalough, or the Valley of the Two Lakes, features prominently on most people’s must-see lists. Home to an important monastic settlement as well as two dark lakes surrounded by forest, it is one of the most beautiful, romantic locations in the whole of Ireland.

On the Coast

County Wicklow’s coastline plays second fiddle to its dramatic inland attractions but there is plenty to explore when you fancy a breath of bracing sea air.

Keen to maintain its own identity from Dublin, the resort of Bray has a fine stretch of sand and a great coastal walking route to Greystones, which has a charming seafront centred around an idyllic harbour. The town of Wicklow, set on the curve of a bay stretching for more than seven miles, is also home to an impressive harbour.

See and Do

County Wicklow is full of attractions steeped in history. One of the most notable, Wicklow’s infamous jail, opened in 1702 to deal with prisoners held captive under the repressive anti-Catholic penal laws of the time. It was renowned throughout Ireland for its harsh living conditions and the brutal guards who patrolled its bleak corridors.

Spectacular Russborough House, one of the country’s finest stately homes, can be found at Blessington while the “uncrowned king of Ireland”, nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell, was born in Avondale House, the heart of a magnificent 500-acre estate.

Surrounding the ruins of a Queen Anne house, the 52-acre National Botanic Gardens are located in Kilmacurragh while the Powerscourt Estate, which gives a real insight into the lives of 18th century Ireland’s wealthiest citizens, is on the doorstep of the handsome village of Enniskerry.


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The Royal Hotel and Leisure Centre £69
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The Royal Hotel and Leisure Centre

The Royal Hotel and Leisure Centre

Main Street, Bray, Wicklow
     
    3.2 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I liked the Hotel in general. Our room was a little away from the lift and we walked a lot of corridors and through fire doors to get to it. The staff were very polite and the bar staff were equally nice. One complaint I had as did our party of 4 is that the plates at the breakfast buffet were all ...

    Esplanade Hotel Bray £70
    Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019
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    Esplanade Hotel Bray

    Esplanade Hotel Bray

    Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow
       
      3.6 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The staff were very helpful and friendly ..the room was clean and tidy and amazing for the price .. will be back to stay again

      Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection £128
      Reviewed on 12 Jul 2019
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      Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection

      Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection

      Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Wicklow
         
        4.7 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Incredible location and hotei was amaizing. I woulld definitely recommend this place!

        Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort £92
        Reviewed on 26 Aug 2019
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        Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

        Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

        Blessington Lakes, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Very good service, spacious rooms and excellent food. What's not to like?

          Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort £146
          Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019
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          Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort

          Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort

          Newtownmountkennedy, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The friendly service and the efficiency of the service

            Arklow Bay Hotel £80
            Reviewed on 1 Aug 2019
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            Arklow Bay Hotel

            Arklow Bay Hotel

            Sea Road 1, Arklow, Wicklow
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Ilove the arklow bay. The staff are so friendly especially janet at tge front of house. Every day asked us how we are. The childrens club is great even in the evening .well worth a visit.

              Wilton Hotel Bray £69
              Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019
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              Wilton Hotel Bray

              Wilton Hotel Bray

              Southern Cross Road, Bray, Wicklow
                 
                4.6 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                All good . Would-be nice if breakfast was include ed.

                Parkview Hotel £56
                Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019
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                Parkview Hotel

                Parkview Hotel

                Main Street, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The Parkview is a beautiful hotel, the staff went above and beyond to make our stay special sepecially the ladies who cleaned our room everyday and left it so fresh. I would recommend this hotel to anybody

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