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    Co. Wicklow – “Best of the world: 35 destinations for 2023 and beyond”

    Co. Wicklow has been named in National Geographic’s ‘Best of the world: 35 destinations for 2023 and beyond and we have selected some of the best things to do in Irelands Garden County;

    The Glenroe Farm

    The name “Glenroe” comes from the popular Irish television soap opera transmitted on Ireland’s national broadcaster every Sunday night from 1983 to 2001.

    The Glenroe Farm is also one of the top tourist attractions in Wicklow, where you can get up close to a wide variety of farm animals. The farm also includes a large outdoor playground. You can also dine from the onsite coffee shop or enjoy a picnic with the family.

    SEALIFE Bray

    Take a trip under water at the SEA LIFE Bray Aquarium which houses over 1,000 creatures in 26 amazing displays that include: Black Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Seahorses, Stingrays plus Red-Bellied Piranhas.

    Bray Aquarium, Ocean Display, Bray, Co Wicklow | © Kristian Kazakov

    National Aquarium Sealife Centre Bray

    The National Sea Life Centre is one of Ireland’s largest Marine and Freshwater Zoos and the only aquarium on the East Coast of Ireland. The aquarium on the Seafront in Bray is a perfect family fun day out.

    Avondale Forest Park

    Beyond the Trees is the first attraction of its kind in Ireland, the fully accessible Treetop Walk and Viewing Tower takes you to the very heart of the forest and beyond. You can weave your way along the walkway exploring the trees, from top to bottom.

    Avondale House and Treetop Walk, Co Wicklow © Coilte


    One of Ireland’s most beautiful visitor destinations. Glendalough has many interesting attractions for its visitors, from its world-famous Monastic site with Round Tower to its scenic lake.

    This early Christian settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united. Visitors can also experience the interactive centre which features audio/visual show plus an interesting exhibition. Glendalough is one of the top visitor attractions in Ireland’s Ancient East.

    Monastic City at Glendalough

    Powerscourt Estate

    Visit the famous Powerscourt waterfall and enjoy leisurely strolls around the stunning gardens and afterwards you can grab a bite to eat or a coffee at the on site restaurant and finish the day with a spot of shopping.

    Powerscourt House and Gardens

    National Botanic Garden in Kilmaccuragh

    Around the ruins of a fine Queen Anne style house lie 52 acres of wild Robinsonian gardens. Began in 1712 and further expanded with the advice of the Directors of the Botanic Gard.

    Russborough House

    Ideal for families and history enthusiasts Russborough welcomes visitors to explore the grounds and walks of the estate, plus one can explore the rich heritage and the lovely rooms of this historic house. A range of outdoor activities are also on offer including the maze, children’s playground and also the Birds of Prey centre.

    Russborough House & Parklands

    Arklow Maritime Museum

    Located in Bridgewater Centre the Arklow Maritime Museum offers information on the maritime history of Arklow, the main focus of the exhibit is on boat building, lifeboat and fishing traditions of the town.

    Wicklow Brewery Tours

    Enjoy a tour and beer tasting at the Wicklow Brewery. The tour includes an Audio/Visual presentation with a personalised tour of the brewery plus a beer tasting with 5 x 1/3 pint beer samples.

    Wicklow’s Historic Gaol

    Wander through cells and dungeons and watch a unique combination of actors, audio visual material, interactive displays and reconstruction bring Crime, Cruelty, & Misery to life.

    Wicklow Gaol | © Dylan Vaughan

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