A Tour of County Wicklow

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County Wicklow is located in the province of Leinster, and is known as one of the traditional counties of Ireland. Once part of the County Dublin and County Carlow it was established quite late in history in 1606 as a way of controlling local groups. There is lots to see in County Wicklow and it will not be possible to fit all of it into a single day tour however if you have more time to spare then you can always take longer to explore the area.

County Wicklow IrelandA good way of seeing the County is to start by traveling from Dublin to Bray. If you need to hire a car then there are a number of car rental companies in Dublin who will be able to offer this service. Just south of Bray on Greystones Road, you will find the Killruddery House and Gardens which is worth a stop. The gardens are famous as being the largest early formal gardens still preserved in the original style in Ireland. A walk around these gardens will provide you with a fascinating insight into the design and style of horticulture during the 17th Century.

Once you have had your fill at the Killruddery Estate drive on to the village of Kilmacanogue. This village is situated at the junction of the R755 to Roundwood and the N11, a mere 5km south of Bray. Founded in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains you will be able to see Little Sugar Loaf to the East and the Big Sugar Loaf to the west. The village is famed for the Avoca Handweavers, whose mill is one of the oldest working woolen mills in Ireland. The famous Avoca Restaurant is a good place to stop for lunch if you are starting to feel hungry. From Kilmacanogue drive on to Glendalough which is in the centre of the Wicklow National Park.

As a first stop find the visitors centre which is home to an exhibition and where you can book tours to view the monastic site located here. When time permits it is worth taking a stroll to the Lakes and to absorb the breathtaking scenery. If after all the sightseeing you need something to entertain the children then Clara Lara Fun Park is located close by in Rathdrum. The park is surrounded by oak trees and contains assault courses, water slides, mini golf, tree houses and woodland playgrounds amongst other things. There are picnic areas and barbecues available should you need to rest as well as some great hill walks if you feel the need to be active.

Rathdrum itself is also definitely worth a look to if you have the time, and if you are traveling in August then the spectacular fireworks display held in Parnell memorial park will delight old and young alike. County Wicklow has a great deal to offer and the above provides only a brief description of some of its highlights. For those with more time there is plenty more to explore so what are you waiting for!

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