Attractions

Top Choice House in Greystones to Wicklow

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…
House in County Wicklow

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 a 68-room Palladian mansion, but the real draw are the formal garden…
Historic Building in Blessington

Russborough House

Magnificent Russborough House is one of Ireland's finest stately homes, a Palladian palace built for Joseph Leeson (1705–83), later the first Earl of Milltown and, later still, Lord Russborough. Since 1952 the house…
Historic Building in Wicklow Town

Wicklow's Historic Gaol

Wicklow's infamous jail was renowned throughout Ireland for the brutality of its keepers and the harsh conditions suffered by its inmates. The smells, vicious beatings, shocking food and disease-ridden air have long…
House in Rathdrum

Avondale House

This fine Palladian mansion surrounded by a marvellous 209-hectare estate was the birthplace and Irish headquarters of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–91), the 'uncrowned king of Ireland' and unquestionably one of the…
Gardens in Greystones to Wicklow

Mt Usher Gardens

Wicklow's nickname, 'the Garden of Ireland', is justified by green idylls such as the 8-hectare Mt Usher Gardens, just outside the unremarkable town of Ashford, about 10km south of Greystones on the N11. Trees, shru…
Waterfall in Enniskerry

Powerscourt Waterfall

A 7km walk from Powerscourt House through the estate takes you to the 130m Powerscourt Waterfall. It’s the highest waterfall in Britain and Ireland, and is most impressive after heavy rain. You can also get to the f…
Church in Glendalough

Reefert Church

Follow the Upper Lake lakeshore path southwest of the car park until you come to the considerable remains of Reefert Church above the tiny River Poulanass. It's a small, plain, 11th-century Romanesque nave-and-chanc…
Ruins in Glendalough

Teampall na Skellig

The original site of St Kevin's settlement, Teampall na Skellig, is at the base of the cliffs towering over the southern side of the Upper Lake and accessible only by boat; unfortunately, there's no boat service to …
Gardens in County Wicklow

National Botanic Gardens

Surrounding the ruins of a Queen Anne house are 52 acres of wild gardens originally laid out in 1712 but then replanted under the instruction of the Director of the Botanic Gardens in Dublin in the 19th century to r…