Is Wicklow Town worth a visit

Your Fun Filled Adventure Blueprint to Wicklow

Did you know that Wicklow Town is lovingly called the Garden of Ireland? And for good reason. The name itself is believed to have evolved from Vykyngelo which translates to meadow of the Vikings.

This town lives up to the hype by having beautiful gardens and areas where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. There are treetop adventures high above the trees and panoramic views of Wicklow’s rolling hills. 

But it also has locations steeped in history, great places to eat, and unique places to shop. So, gear up as we take you to the best-kept attractions of Wicklow. 

Exciting Things to Do in Wicklow

Beyond the Trees Avondale

Address: Beyond the Trees, Forest Park, Avondale, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, A67 P303, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 46111


Hours: Open everyday from 12 pm to 7 pm

You can explore Wicklow’s natural wonders at Beyond the Trees Avondale. This treetop walk takes you high above the canopy. As you walk on the path, you’ll be treated to the sight of the Wicklow Mountains and the picturesque Vale of Avoca. 

If you don’t want to make the trek back down, there’s a  spiral slide at the Viewing Tower you can take. 

Beyond the treetop adventure, you can immerse yourself in the rich history of Avondale House and Forest Park, indulge in delectable eats at the Seed Café, and take a walk through the charming Walled Garden.

Glendalough Cathedral

Address: Sevenchurches Or Camaderry, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 45325


Hours: Open everyday 24/7

The Glendalough Monastic Site is one of the country’s top attractions and for good reason. This enchanting site is nestled in a valley with 2 serene lakes. 

You can take your time as you walk along the valley for 3 meters, taking in the tranquility as you explore historical landmarks such as Reefert Church, Temple-na-Skellig, Saint Kevin’s Cell, and Saint Kevin’s Bed. 

The visitor center is a great place to learn about the captivating tale of this early Christian settlement, offering a little history lesson along with your time in nature. The Wicklow Heather is a great place to end your day with some good food. 

Killruddery House & Gardens

Address: Southern Cross Rd, Kilruddery Demesne West, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 1 286 3405


Hours: Open everyday from 9 am to 5 pm

For a slow and relaxing day at Wicklow, you can escape the hustle at Killruddery House and Gardens. A day here slows down time as you walk the woodland paths dotted with vibrant plants, flowers, water features, and outdoor seating areas. 

If you time your visit on a Saturday, you’ll find a bit more action at the weekly farmers market during the spring and summer months where you can find local  produce and handcrafted items like candles, scented, and jewelry. 

After your tour, treat yourself to the delightful offerings at the tea rooms, where much of the ingredients are harvested directly from the gardens.

Mount Usher Gardens

Address: Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 49672


Hours: Open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm

Another location is Wicklow where you can be at one with Mount Usher Gardens. This place is home to over 5,000 species of plants and trees from Ireland and other countries. You’ll have a whole assortment of flora to explore. 

The river that runs through the location adds even more to the picturesque scene, with plants growing all along the river banks. You can walk here along the path and take a breath to appreciate the views in between walks. 

Powerscourt Estate and Gardens

Address: Powerscourt Demesne, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 1 204 6000


Hours: Open everyday from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Experience the 3rd best garden in the world according to National Geographic with a visit to the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. Spanning a vast 47 acres at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, the gardens feature unique landscapes all throughout. 

There is an Italian Garden and a Japanese Garden among other themed areas, but the star of the show is the huge waterfall. Tallest in the country, the view itself is great up close, but watching the water falling from a distance amidst the greenery is amazing. 

You can get some rest after walking at the Powerscourt House and treat yourself to some snacks and great views at the Avoca Terrace Cafe. 

How to Get There

The best way to get to Wicklow is by bus and there are numerous bus routes that will take you there. Bus Route 133 connects Dublin to Wicklow and takes around 2 hours. Other bus routes to take include 185,132, 702, 143, 740A, 145, 155, 65, and 84a. 

How to Get Around

Getting around Wicklow is fairly easy with the help of TFR (Transport for Ireland) where you can plan trips using the public transportation systems there. The online website or the App of the same name is very useful and will guide you on which buses to take. 

The Best Time to Go 

The best time to go to Wicklow is during the shoulder season from March to May or from September to November. These months have temperatures averaging from 9 to 11 degrees which is manageable enough to enjoy your trip. 

These months are also less busy and don’t see too many people. The prices of goods and services also tend to drop a bit and you’re offered discounts. 

Places to Eat in the Area

The Brass Fox

Address: 14-15 Leitrim Pl, Corporation Murragh, Wicklow, A67 Y429, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 64432



  • Open from Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 11:30 pm 
  • Open from Friday to Saturday from 9 am to 12:30 am 

Tucked away on the Murrough side of Wicklow Town, The Brass Fox is not your run-of-the-mill pub Situated near Leitrim Place, just by the sea wall car park, this place blends modern innovation with quirky charm. 

Having bagged the Best Newcomer title in the 2018 Irish Pub Awards, The Brass Fox takes pub dining to a whole new level. Their tacos whether you get beef, fish, or chicken are flavorful and moist. They also serve classic burgers and pizza. 

O’Sheas Corner

Address: Abbey St, Ballynerrin Lower, Wicklow, A67 TR25, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 54709



  • Open from Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 11:30 pm 
  • Open from Friday to Saturday from 9 am to 12:30 pm 

O’Sheas Corner is located in a building that was originally a forge in 1845 and was later transformed into a pub in the early 1900s. The walls in the bar are still from the original building. This place offers more than just historic flair though. 

They do traditional pub grub best, especially the Grilled Breakfast platter with sausages, mushrooms, toast, mash, beans, and a whole head of over roasted garlic. The Masala fries and Garlic and Ginger Chicken Naan are also stars of the menu. 

Fitzpatricks Bar & Lounge

Address: Rockmarshall, Jenkinstown, Co. Louth, 47545, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 42 937 6193


Hours: Open everyday from 12 pm to 10:30 pm

Fitzpatricks Bar & Lounge is the locals go-to spot for a laid-back drinking session. The comfortable bar and lounge radiate a warm ambiance. With live music gracing the space every weekend, Fitzpatricks is the perfect place to unwind. 

Their Fitzpatricks Now Famous Chicken Wings and the Carlingford Oysters are must order items. They also have gluten free options like the Organic Burger served in a toasted gluten free bap. 

Nick’s Coffee

Address: Main St, Corporation Lands, Wicklow, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 86 383 8203



  • Open from Monday to Saturday from 6:30 am to 6 pm 
  • Open on Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm

Nick’s Coffee is a coffee shop that has made a name for itself as a local institution. Besides serving up fantastic coffee, they supply their beans to various businesses, spreading the love for good brews. 

The huge selection of pastries from savory to sweet ones go perfectly well with the coffee and tea. The cinnamon swirls, mince pies, chocolate biscuits, and bread are our favorites. 

The Grey Dog Cafe

Address: Leitrim Pl, Corporation Murragh, Wicklow, A67 Y429, Ireland

Phone Number:  +353 1 2238 2044



  • Open from Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm
  • Open from Friday to Saturday from 9 am to 10 pm

For a dining experience that will have you filled and satisfied in Wicklow, we suggest you head to The Grey Dog Cafe. Specializing in artisan stone-baked pizza and tacos, this eatery in Wicklow Town takes comfort food to the next level. 

You can expect a creative twist on familiar flavors. On the menu, diverse dishes are featured like the Mediterranean Bowl, the Shrimp Cake Burger, Fried Artichokes, and the Short Rib Hash. They also have great cocktails and draft beers on tap. 

Places to Stay in the Area

Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club

Address: Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Glen of The Downs, Co. Wicklow, A63 DC95, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 1 274 0000

Pricing: $$$

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Located within the scenic hills of the Glen of Downs, The Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club is a delightful 4-star retreat that we tried and loved. Spread across 30 acres of woodlands and gardens, this hotel provides panoramic views of Wicklow’s beauty. 

The leisure facilities here are second to none, featuring an 18 meter deck-level swimming pool and hot tub. There is even a sauna and a steam room in the premises for further relaxation. They also have a fitness center with the latest machines.  

For great dinner, the AA Rosette-awarded Woodlands Restaurant is a must try.

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort

Address: Kilmullin, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co. Wicklow, A63 DW08, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 1 287 0800

Pricing: $$$

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Among the select 5-star hotels in Wicklow, Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort stands proud in 400 acres of exposure to nature in the quiet countryside. It offers 180 rooms and suites all of which are comfortable and equipped with modern amenities. 

The award-winning Bijou Spa offers you indulgent spa treatments, and Hugo’s Restaurant and Garden Rooms and Bar provide a taste of the local food and drinks.

Golf enthusiasts can tee off at championship courses, including Druids Glen and Druids Heath.

BrookLodge & Macreddin Village

Address: Macreddin West, Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow, Y14 A362, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 402 36444

Pricing: $$

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For a Wicklow County stay that blends luxury and tranquility, you don’t need to go further than BrookLodge & Macreddin Village. This country-style house, with awards like AA Hotel of the Year (twice), will not leave you wanting more. 

The best thing about this hotel is the Wells Spa which is exclusive to adults to maximize relaxation. Dining at the Strawberry Tree, a certified organic restaurant and La Taverna Armento, an authentic Italian restaurant haven is the cherry on top. 

Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge

Address: Vale of Avoca, Garnagowlan, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Y14 XT95, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 402 35146

Pricing: $$

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Steeped in history, Woodenbridge Hotel Avoca proudly claims the title of the oldest hotel in Ireland, dating back to the 17th century. Set in the scenic Vale of Avoca, it marries historic charm with contemporary comforts. 

You can head to the Goldmines Bistro and the award-winning Redmond Restaurant, where they have high end steaks and simple yet classic homemade cheesecakes. 

Live Irish music at the Gold Mines Bar adds to the experience. With 70 en-suite bedrooms offering river views, this hotel is definitely on the top of our list. 

Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection

Address:  Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Demesne, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, A98 DR12, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 1 274 8888

Pricing: $$$

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Powerscourt Hotel is a 5-star hotel in Wicklow that’s mostly known for its great spa services (and for good reason). But, the Powerscourt offers more than that. The Palladian-style architecture and marble-decorated rooms create a luxurious setting. 

They kick up the opulence a notch with the indoor pool lit up with Swarovski crystals. Complimentary bicycles are available if you want to explore the estate, while the Powerscourt Golf courses cater to golf lovers.

Places to Shop in the Area

Glendalough Woollen Mills

Address: Glendalough Woollen Mills, Derrybawn, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, A67 A268, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 45156


Hours: Open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm

If you’re as obsessed with anything knitted as we are, be like us and make the  Glendalough Woollen Mills your first stop in wicklow. This shop is a treasure trove of knitwear including more traditional pieces and some with more modern designs. 

The local knitters showcase their craftsmanship in an array of sweaters for women, men, and children. But, there are also other pieces like capes and blankets. The collection extends to tweeds and craft items as well. 

They also have a selection of exquisite jewelry, some inspired by carvings on the nearby monastery wall.

Bridge Street Books

Address: Bridge St, Wicklow, Books, Co. Wicklow, A67 XN83, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 62240



  • Open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm 

Book worms can celebrate their love for reading at the Bridge Street Books. You can wander through the aisles of Bridge Street Books,to browse the collection or read a few pages while you’re there. The staff are very friendly and handy with suggestions. 

This quaint bookshop offers a diverse selection for every age group. They have everything from children’s books to teen novels. There are also books on philosophy, literature, fiction, and almost any other genre. 

Sean Connolly Menswear

Address:  Main St, Wicklow, A67 FC44, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 67378



  • Open from Monday to Thursday from 9:45 am to 5:30 pm 
  • Open from Friday to Saturday from 9:45 to 6 pm

For half a century, Sean Connolly’s Menswear has been known to be responsible for dressing the men of Wicklow in style. Located on Wicklow’s bustling Main Street, Connolly’s boasts an impressive array of men’s clothes for all occasions. 

They have the top clothing brands on hand. If you’re in need of premium menswear for formal, casual, or business wear, they’ll likely have what you’re looking for. 

They’re dedicated to fostering lasting relationships with customers by always trying to help you find clothes that work for you. 

Angela’s Attic

Address: Angela’s Attic, Main St, Corporation Lands, Wicklow, A67 WP99, Ireland

Email: [email protected]



  • Open from Wednesday and Friday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm 

If you’re on the lookout for uncommon knick knacks while on your trip to Wicklow, we suggest dropping by Angela’s Attic. The store itself is quirky but the things inside are even more fun to browse through and take home with you. 

This charming store stocks a unique range of interesting treasures, from handmade furniture and lamps to ceramics, plates, stamps, and everything else in between. 

Angela’s Attic specializes in upcycling by repairing and sprucing up second hand items and selling them to new owners. It’s a great place if you prefer unique finds rather than common items you find in malls.

Byrne’s Giftware & Furniture

Address: Main St, Corporation Lands, Wicklow, Ireland

Phone Number: +353 404 67824



  • Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 6 pm 
  • Open on Sunday from 12:30 to 5 pm

Located on Wicklow Main Street, Byrne’s Gifts and Furniture is an upscale version of  traditional flea markets. Here, you’ll find a wide diversity of products from home decor and kitchenware, to accessories and jewelry. 

This is also a perfect place for those trying to look for gifts for loved ones after your trip to Wicklow. They have handmade candles and soaps, as well as furniture and bedding if you want to make a big impact.