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Wicklow Vacation

Planning a vacation in Wicklow. And looking to see what to do.

Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland,” is a stunning area with a mix of scenic landscapes, historical sites, and outdoor activities. If you’re staying for three nights in Wicklow, here’s a suggested itinerary to make the most of your vacation in Wicklow. You can base yourself in The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club and combine it with a few days exploring Dublin City.

Here is a sample itinerary.

Day 1: Exploring Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains

Morning: Start with a visit to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most iconic monastic sites. Explore the ancient round tower, cathedral, and several other ruins set in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Midday: Take a walk along one of the many trails in Glendalough. The Spinc Loop is popular for those who want a longer hike with stunning views, while the Lower and Upper Lake walks are more accessible.

Afternoon: Visit the picturesque village of Laragh for lunch. Check out local cafes or restaurants for a hearty Irish meal.

Evening: Return to the Glenview Hotel or your accommodation for a relaxing evening or explore a local pub for some live music and a pint of Guinness.

Day 2: Adventure and Nature

Morning: Head to the Powerscourt Estate, known for its stunning gardens and beautiful waterfall. Explore the expansive gardens, which include an Italian Garden, Japanese Garden, and more.

Midday: Visit Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest in Ireland. Enjoy the natural surroundings and perhaps have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Consider a visit to Avoca Village, known for its handweaving heritage. Stop by Avoca Handweavers for a tour and some shopping.

Evening: Return to the Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club and relax I for Dinner in the restaurant

Day 3: Coastal Drive and Historical Sites

.Morning: Take a drive along the Wicklow coast. Start in Bray, where you can walk along the seafront promenade or hike Bray Head for panoramic views.

Midday: Continue to Greystones, a charming seaside town. Walk along the coast or enjoy lunch at a local café or restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the historic Wicklow Gaol, where you can learn about Ireland’s turbulent past and experience interactive exhibits.

Evening: Conclude your day with a visit to a local pub or restaurant for a farewell dinner.

This itinerary offers a mix of nature, adventure, history, and local culture. Depending on your interests, you can adjust activities and timing as needed and possibly pop into Dublin to explore some of the iconic sites there such as the Guinness Store House or Trinity College Dublin to name a few. Have a fantastic time in Wicklow!

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!