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  • 1 Russborough House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 81 IRL - Blessington

    This magnificent Palladian mansion stands on gently sloping ground leading down to the waters of Poulaphouca Reservoir, which reflect the Wicklow Mountains lying beyon it. The lawned terraces behind the house are original. The short drive passes the ..

  • 2 Avondale House and Forest Park Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R 752 IRL - Rathdrum

    La maison à deux niveaux, de style néoclassique, a retrouvé l'aspect qu'elle avait au temps de Charles Parnell, leader nationaliste qui l'utilisa en différentes occasions de sa vie publique. La salle à manger présente une ornementation en pierre de C..

  • 3 Wicklow Mountains Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Wicklow

    South of Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains offer nature lovers spectacular views of mountain peaks, lakes, waterfalls, open moorland and verdant valleys, some landscaped into elegant parks. The rolling heights are covered in peat bog where rivers form wi..

  • 4 Powerscourt Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 760 IRL - Enniskerry

    The estate owes its name to Eustace le Poer, a Norman knight. In 1609 James I granted the land to Sir Richard Wingfield, who was named Viscount of Powerscourt. In 1961, the estate was sold to Mr and Mrs Slazenger. The gardens stand on sloping grounds..

  • 5 Mount Usher Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Ashford

    These gardens in the suburbs of Ashford village, (8 ha) have more than 5 000 species, including a great variety of subtropical plants. The gardens are renowned for their collection of eucryphias and eucalyptus. Edward Walpole, a member of a flax trad..

  • 6 Historic Gaol Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kilmantin Hill IRL - Wicklow

    This formidable stone prison, built in 1702, the time of the Penal Laws, was in use until 1924. A sophisticated exhibition now presents some of the most dramatic episodes from Irish history. Visitors are given a taste of 18C prison life, under the wa..

  • 7 Powerscourt Waterfall Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Enniskerry

    The highest waterfall in Ireland is formed by the Dargle River which plunges (120m) in a spray of thick white spume down a grey rock face set in a horseshoe of hills. There are pleasant walks and nature trails along the river banks. Climbing the rock..

  • 8 Halpin Memorial

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Sitzwalliam Sq. IRL - Wicklow

    This obelisk, made of polished granite, was erected in memory of Captain Robert C. Halpin (1836-1894), a native of this town who commanded the Great Eastern. This metal-hulled ship, built by Brunel, laid the first transatlantic telegraph cable. Memen..

  • 9 Black Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 750 IRL - Wicklow

    Maurice Fitzgerald built the castle in 1176 on a rocky promontory, directly south of the harbour. The region was granted to Fitzgerald after the 12C Anglo-Norman invasion. Until the 16C, Black Castle was subject to frequent attacks by local clansmen,..

  • 10 Wilcklow Anglican church

    Religious buildings

    IRL - Wicklow

    This church dates from the 18C, and has a copper cupola, donated by the Eaton Family in 1777. The 12C Irish Norman doorway opens onto an interior with a pretty king-post roof, a 12C baptismal font, an organ, transferred at the end of the 18C from the..

  • 11 Franciscan Friary

    Religious buildings

    R 750 IRL - Wicklow

    The extensive ruins of the Franciscan friary founded by the Fitzgerald family in the 13C stand in the grounds of the parish priest's house. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16C, the building became a courthiouse. In 1812, the build..

  • 12 The Murrough

    Nature and gardens

    The Murrough IRL - Wicklow

    A long pebble beach (5km) backed by a broad grass bank is flanked by the sea and the Broad Lough, a natural lagoon known for its wildfowl and golden plover.

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