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A Landscape Full of Drama
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.
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 .
The Advantages of Wicklow Weekend Breaks
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in Wicklow. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed Wicklow weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in Wicklow.
Cheap Weekend Breaks to Wicklow
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to Wicklow. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in Wicklow. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience.
Wicklow Romantic Weekend Breaks
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in Wicklow. Whisking your lover away for a romantic Wicklow weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in Wicklow and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Family Weekend Breaks in Wicklow
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in Wicklow. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in Wicklow within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in Wicklow. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan Wicklow family weekend breaks.
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