- Festivals & Events
The Walking Festival takes place annually in October and starts from Laragh.The Bealtaine Festival takes place in May and is an ‘Arts’ festival to celebrate the older members of the community. The events are varied and include drama, music and dance and are open to everyone.The Festival of St. Kevin takes place in June and the St. Laurence O’Toole Festival take place in November.The Wicklow Gardens Festival takes place in the summer from May until August where many unique gardens are open to the public.See the News and Events page nearer the dates of these festivals for more information.
- Historic & Ecclesiastical Sites
Monastic City Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the ‘Monastic City’. The ‘City’ consists of a number of monastic remains, and the most impressive being the Round Tower which stands 30m high. The main group of monastic buildings lie downstream near the Round Tower. To find out more about the Monastic City and details of other archaeological features, tombs and cairns, to be found in the Park click here>>>
- Museums/ Visitor & Education Centres
Glendalough Visitor Centre
Co. WicklowTel:+353 (0)404 45325 / 45352
Fax:+353 (0)404 45626
W: www.heritageireland.ieThe Visitor Centre is adjacent to ruins of the monastic settlement and has an interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show. Guided tours of the Monastic City are available in multiple languages all year round by advance booking. The Visitor Centre also holds Free Summer Lectures related to Irish heritage and history.
- Parks & Gardens
Wicklow is known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ because of its diverse landscape and beauty but it also boasts a myriad of wonderful gardens both formal and informal as well as a number of parks and woodland walks. You can visit Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall (the highest in Ireland) in Enniskerry. Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford are also well worth a visit. Avondale House, in Rathdrum, is set in 500 acres of forest with short and long walks.
- Retreat Centres
Glendalough is an ideal location to find peace and tranquility. There are a few places that can provide this service. Please click here for information.
Glenmacnass Waterfall North of Laragh on the Sally Gap Road (R115), this turbulent fall cascades nearly 80m into a deep glacial valley.