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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 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…
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…
House in Rathdrum

Avondale House

This fine Palladian mansion was the birthplace and Irish headquarters of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–91), the 'uncrowned king of Ireland' and one of the key figures in the Irish independence movement. Designed by …
Historic Building in Wicklow Town

Wicklow's Historic Gaol

Wicklow's infamous jail was notorious 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 lon…
Gardens in Greystones

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, shrub…