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Wicklow County Introduction

Though County Wicklow was the last of Ireland's counties to be formed, it's by no means at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to things to see and do. With breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, its 'Garden of Ireland' moniker is well deserved. It's a land of superlatives, boasting the country's largest national park, the highest waterfall, the most extensive mountain area and the biggest forest land. And with a plethora of historic sites and outdoor recreation, it's unsurprisingly a popular tourist destination.

Hotels in Wicklow County

Wicklow County's villages are home to a good selection of a variety of hotel types, so there's no shortage of options to suit your taste and budget. If you're looking for a decadent getaway, there are luxury hotels in Wicklow County characterised by opulently decorated suites, ritzy restaurants, sensational spas and acres of landscaped gardens and golf courses. There are also plenty of mid-range hotels that offer comfortable rooms, laid-back bars and meeting facilities, as well as budget-friendly hostels and delightful B&Bs with cosy guestrooms, free Wi-Fi and breakfast, and charming patios and gardens.

Where to stay in Wicklow County

Wicklow Town, the county's capital located on the coastline, is a wonderful place for a memorable holiday. Its streets are lined with cosy restaurants serving wholesome food, bars and lounges with live music, and quaint shops selling clothes and locally made crafts. Walking to the eastern side of town will bring you to a windswept beach and the ruins of a castle. Also along the coast is Bray, the county's largest town where you can go sailing, fishing and horse riding. The gorgeous inland town of Glendalough, set within the Wicklow Mountains National Park, is rife with picture-perfect lakes and valleys, and home to one of Ireland's earliest monastic settlements.

Things to see in Wicklow County

The stunning Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry is one of the county's top attractions. Once the family seat of the influential Viscounts Powerscourt, what used to be a 13th-century castle was transformed into a beautiful Palladian mansion in the 18th century. Exquisite statues and iron sculptures decorate its lush gardens filled with more than 200 varieties of trees and flowers.The highest waterfall in all of Ireland is also located within the estate. History buffs won't want to miss Glendalough's Monastic City, which was founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin and a vital component of Ireland's Ancient East. Landmarks like the Round Tower and the ruins of the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul are all that remain of what was once an eccesiastical and intellectual settlement. On a sunny day, you can head out to Brittas Bay Beach to go swimming or sailing. Reputed to be Saint Patrick's port of entry into Ireland, it boasts powdery sand and grassland areas.

How to get to Wicklow County

Wicklow County lies directly south of Dublin, where the international Dublin Airport is located. You can rent a car or take a taxi at the airport and ride for about an hour and a half to the centre of Wicklow County. Alternatively, you can board the airport shuttle service to Dublin's central station and take a connecting DART commuter train or any of the public buses run by Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. If you plan to visit by boat, Dublin Port and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour are the closest ferry terminals to Wicklow County.