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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 …
Waterfall in Wicklow Mountains

Glenmacnass Waterfall

Desolate and utterly deserted, the Glenmacnass valley, a stretch of wild bogland between the Sally Gap crossroads and Laragh, is one of the most beautiful parts of the mountains, and the sense of isolation is quite …
Waterfall in Enniskerry

Powerscourt Waterfall

On the southern edge of Powerscourt Estate, 6km south of Powerscourt House, is this picturesque waterfall. At 121m it's the highest in Ireland (though it's a cascade, rather than a single drop) and is at most impres…
Arts & Crafts in Enniskerry

Avoca Handweavers

Avoca is one hell of an operation, with seven branches nationwide and a widespread reputation for adding elegance and style to traditional rural handicrafts. Operational HQ is set in a 19th-century arboretum 5km sou…
Church in Glendalough

St Kevin's Kitchen

Glendalough's trademark is St Kevin's Kitchen or Church, at the southern edge of the monastic site. This compact structure, with a miniature round towerlike belfry, protruding sacristy and steep stone roof, is a mas…
Church in Glendalough

Reefert Church

The considerable remains of Reefert Church sit above the tiny River Poulanass, south of the Upper Lake car park. It's a small, plain, 11th-century Romanesque nave-and-chancel church with some reassembled arches and …
Hill in Enniskerry

Great Sugarloaf

At 503m it's nowhere near Wicklow's highest summit, but the Great Sugarloaf is one of the most distinctive hills in Ireland, its conical peak visible for many kilometres around. The mountain towers over the small vi…
International in Glendalough

Wicklow Heather

This rustic family restaurant has been around for 40 years, serving everything from breakfast to dinner amid the honeyed glow of polished wood. The dinner menu offers Wicklow lamb, wild venison, Irish beef and fresh…
Seafood in Enniskerry

Johnnie Fox's

Busloads of tourists fill this place nightly throughout the summer, mostly for the knees-up, faux-Irish Hooley Show of music and dancing. But there's nothing contrived about the seafood, which is so damn good we'd h…