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Planning a family trip to Wicklow

Planning a family vacation in Wicklow. And looking to see what’s on offer for families to do.

Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland,” offers plenty of activities and attractions for families to enjoy. There are some great activities for all the family no matter what the weather . Here are some suggestions  a mix of fun and education for things to do in Wicklow:

  1. Wicklow Mountains National Park: 

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, which offers various walking and hiking trails suitable for all ages and abilities. You can enjoy picnicking, wildlife spotting, and breath-taking views.

  1. Glendalough: 

Visit the historic site of Glendalough, an ancient monastic settlement nestled in a picturesque valley. Explore the ruins of the monastery, stroll around the serene lakes, and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains.

  1. Powerscourt Estate: 

Spend a day at Powerscourt Estate, a magnificent stately home with stunning gardens. Children will love running around the gardens, discovering hidden pathways, and playing in the walled garden and playground.

  1. Wicklow Gaol: 

Take a tour of Wicklow Gaol, a former prison turned museum. Learn about the history of the gaol, hear tales of its inmates, and experience the atmospheric dungeons. Note that this may be more suitable for older children.

  1. Clara Lara Fun park: 

Visit Clara Lara Fun Park, an outdoor adventure park that offers a range of activities, including zip-lining, water slides, kayaking, and mini-golf. It’s a fantastic place for families to enjoy a day of outdoor fun.

  1. Greenan Maze and Farm Museum: 

Get lost in the Greenan Maze, a large hedge maze that offers a fun and challenging adventure. Additionally, you can explore the farm museum, which showcases rural Irish life with its displays of traditional tools and artifacts.

  1. Wicklow Way: 

If your family enjoys hiking, consider exploring a section of the Wicklow Way, a long-distance walking trail that stretches through the county. Choose a suitable portion for your family’s abilities and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

  1. Brittas Bay: 

Spend a day at Brittas Bay, a beautiful sandy beach that’s perfect for building sandcastles, swimming, and enjoying a family picnic. The beach has lifeguards on duty during the summer months for added safety.

  1. Avoca Handweavers: 

Visit Avoca Handweavers, a renowned Irish craft shop and café. Browse through their selection of woven goods, clothing, and unique gifts. Enjoy a delicious meal at the café, which offers a range of tasty treats.

  1. Wicklow Historic Gaol: 

Take a guided tour of the Wicklow Historic Gaol, an interactive experience that brings the past to life. Learn about the history of crime and punishment in the 18th and 19th centuries through immersive exhibits and re-enactments.

  1. Beyond the Trees Avondale Forest Park 

The focal point of the re-developed Avondale Forest Park is the incredible Treetop Walk & Viewing Tower. The views from within and above the forest are breath-taking, looking out widely over the Wicklow mountains, Avonmore River valley and the Vale of Avoca. You can take the slide for a fantastic descent from the top of the Tower! There is so much to see and do here from Picnics to playgrounds, great walking and cycling trails river activities and wildlife spotting and plenty of heritage to learn about. . 

Remember to check the operating hours and availability of attractions beforehand, as they may vary. Enjoy your time exploring Wicklow with your family and just a few of the many things indoors and outdoors  for the family to enjoy and explore not matter what the weather!    need   The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club is the perfect location  stay for families in Wicklow with a selection of family rooms and the team will be delighted to assist you with packed lunches for your day out. Being only 20 minutes from Dublin, you can take in some of the family attractions on the doorstep too. 

Wicklow, Ireland, offers a variety of activities and attractions for adults to enjoy. Here are some suggestions for things to do in Wicklow  no matter what the weather. : Basing yourself in The Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club is a great location to base yourself  and accessible to all of Wicklow and still its only 20 minutes from Dublin. 

Explore Glendalough: Visit the beautiful Glendalough Valley, known for its stunning lakes and medieval monastic settlement. Take a hike through the scenic trails, explore the ancient ruins, and immerse yourself in the serene natural surroundings.

Wicklow Mountains National Park: Embark on a hike or a scenic drive through the Wicklow Mountains. Enjoy breath-taking views, picturesque landscapes, and the opportunity to spot wildlife. There are various trails available, catering to different skill levels.

Powerscourt Estate & Distillery: Visit the magnificent Powerscourt Estate, which features stunning gardens, an impressive mansion, and a waterfall. Take a stroll through the meticulously manicured gardens, visit the Avoca Handweavers shop, and enjoy a meal or afternoon tea at the estate’s café. Of course there is plenty of sampling of their unique malt whiskey to be done. 

Wicklow Gaol: Delve into Wicklow’s dark history with a visit to Wicklow Gaol, a former prison turned museum. Take a guided tour to learn about the prison’s fascinating past, its inmates, and the harsh conditions they endured.

Wicklow Brewery: If you appreciate craft beer, head to the Wicklow Brewery in Redcross. Take a tour of the brewery, learn about the brewing process, and sample their range of delicious beers. You might even find a new favourite brew!

Mount Usher Gardens: Explore the stunning Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford, known for their botanical diversity and tranquil atmosphere. Wander through the beautiful pathways, admire the vibrant flora, and relax in the peaceful surroundings.

Wicklow Way: If you’re up for a challenge, consider hiking a portion of the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest long-distance walking trail. Enjoy the rugged landscapes, fresh air, and the satisfaction of conquering a picturesque stretch of the route.

Wicklow’s Historic Houses: Wicklow is home to several historic houses that offer tours and glimpses into the past. Consider visiting Russborough House, Killruddery House, or Avondale House to appreciate their architectural beauty and learn about their fascinating histories.

Beaches: Wicklow has a beautiful coastline with several stunning beaches. Visit Brittas Bay, Silver Strand, or Bray Beach for a relaxing day by the sea. Enjoy a walk along the shore, build sandcastles, or take a refreshing swim if the weather permits.

Outdoor Activities: Wicklow’s natural landscapes make it a great destination for outdoor activities. Engage in activities such as horseback riding, cycling, kayaking, or fishing. There are various providers and rental services available to facilitate these adventures.

Remember to check the availability and opening times of attractions and plan your visit accordingly. Enjoy your time in Wicklow!