Top things to do in Counties Wicklow & Kildare

Top Choice Gardens in Enniskerry

Powerscourt Estate

Wicklow's most visited attraction is this magnificent 64-sq-km estate, whose main entrance is 500m south of Enniskerry town. At the heart of it is an elegant Palladian mansion, but the real draw is the formal garden…
Top Choice Christian Site in Glendalough

Glendalough Monastic Site

Nestled between two lakes, haunting Glendalough (Gleann dá Loch, meaning 'Valley of the Two Lakes') is one of the most significant monastic sites in Ireland and one of the loveliest spots in the country, centred on …
Top Choice Historic Building in County Kildare

Castletown House

Magnificent Castletown House simply has no peer. It is Ireland’s most imposing Georgian estate, and a testament to the vast wealth enjoyed by the Anglo-Irish gentry during the 18th century. Hour-long guided tours be…
Top Choice House in Greystones

Kilruddery House & Gardens

A stunning mansion in the Elizabethan Revival style, Killruddery has been home to the Brabazon family (earls of Meath) since 1618 and has one of the oldest gardens in Ireland. The house is impressive, but the prizew…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Vale of Avoca

Avoca Handweavers

Ireland's oldest working mill is the birthplace of Avoca Handweavers, a company that is now famous across Ireland and the world. The mill (open from 10am to 4.30pm) has been turning out woollens and other fabrics si…
Top Choice Irish in Rathdrum

Strawberry Tree

There's organic, and then there's certified organic – and this elegant restaurant is the only one in the country to be classified as such. Everything on your plate is either grown on nearby organic farms or foraged …
Top Choice Cafe in Greystones

Happy Pear

Half of Greystones seem to meet each other for a chat at this hugely popular cafe, deli and organic grocery. Enjoy your fancy porridge with fruit and seeds, washed down with a soy latte, in the cool upstairs seating…
Gardens in Kildare Town

Irish National Stud & Gardens

The Irish National Stud, about 3km south of town, is the big attraction in Kildare – horse-mad Queen Elizabeth II dropped in during her historic 2011 visit. This immaculately kept centre is owned and managed by the …
Christian Site in County Kildare

Moone High Cross

One of Ireland's most magnificent early Christian monuments, the unusually tall and slender Moone High Cross is an 8th- or 9th-century masterpiece, housed within the ruins of a 13th-century abbey. It displays carved…
Horse Racing in The Curragh

Curragh Racecourse

The Curragh is the oldest and most prestigious racecourse in the country, and one of the finest flat-racing courses in the world; even if you’re not a horsey type, it’s well worth experiencing the passion and atmosp…