Attractions

Gardens in Carlow Town

Duckett's Grove

Dominated by the jackdaw-haunted ruins of a Gothic fantasy of a country house, the former seat of the Duckett family (the house burned down in 1933) was taken over by Carlow County Council in 2005. The walled garden…
Museum in Carlow Town

Carlow County Museum

This thoroughly engaging museum focuses on the lives of local people through the ages. There are some real one-offs, such as the trapdoor from the county gallows, dating from the early 1800s, and a 6m-high exquisite…
Gallery in Carlow Town

Visual Centre for Contemporary Art

British architect Terry Pawson was behind the factory-inspired industrial design of this concrete, steel and glass cultural centre which, some consider, sits in uneasy alliance with the historic cathedral across the…
Gardens in Carlow Town

Delta Sensory Gardens

A dozen or so interconnecting, themed gardens span the five senses – from sculpture garden to formal rose garden, water and woodland garden, willow garden and even a musical garden with mechanical fountains. Admissi…
Ruins in Carlow Town

Killeshin Church

One of the tallest round towers in Ireland once dominated this former monastery, but was destroyed early in the 18th century by a farmer worried that it might collapse and kill his cows. The ruins of a 12th-century …
Cathedral in Carlow Town

Carlow Cathedral

This elegant Regency Gothic cathedral dating from 1833 was the brainchild of Bishop James Doyle, a staunch supporter of Catholic emancipation. On the right of the nave a statue of the bishop is flanked by a crowned,…
Historic Site in Carlow Town

Browne's Hill Dolmen

This 5000-year-old granite portal dolmen (tomb chamber) is one of Ireland's most famous prehistoric monuments, sporting the largest capstone in Europe (it weighs more than 100 tonnes). It's signposted 3km east of Ca…
Ruins in Carlow Town

Carlow Castle

Built by William Marshal on the site of an earlier Norman motte-and-bailey fort, this 13-century castle survived Cromwell's attentions. It later succumbed to the grand plans of a certain Dr Middleton, who decided to…