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in beautiful Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Garden of Ireland.

avondale house

An informative leaflet provides details of various scenic walks. There's the River Walk, The Pine Trail, The Cairn Walk and The Exotic Tree Trail that guides visitors to splendid specimens of such trees as the Western Red Cedar, the Araucaria or Monkey Puzzle tree, and some giant Sequoias the largest and oldest of all living things.There is a restaurant located in the old kitchen area of the house serving delicious quality food. 

Avondale House and Forest Park,  Rathdrum

Visit one of Ireland's most historic houses at Avondale House and Forest Park near Rathdrum. The house, designed in 1777 by the famous English architect James Wyatt, is best known as the home of Charles Stewart Parnell, the great nationalist and advocate of land rights for Irish peasants.

It was the original owner of the house, the barrister Samuel Hayes, who planted many of the trees still standing in the 550 acre estate, an undertaking that has earned Avondale the title of "Cradle of Irish Forestry". The Forest Park is now owned by Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board, which conducts research into silviculture here and also welcomes walkers to the miles of roads and woodland paths.

 

Meeting of the Waters


At the meeting of the Waters, 3 km North of Avoca, the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers come together to form the Avoca river. It was here that, on a rustic seat formad by the root of a tree, the famous peot Thomas Moore penned his famour Irish Melody "The Meetings of the Water".
Meeting of the Waters

Avoca


Visit this traditional mining village with the remnants of old chimney stacks and engine houses scattered around. Copper and Sulphur were mined here since the Bronze Age. By the 1980s all mining activity ceased.
Visit the world famous Avoca Handweavers
Avoca

Wicklow's Historic Gaol


A £2 million restoration and interpretive plan has been carried out by Wicklow County Council to develop the old county Gaol which is situated at the southern end of Wicklow Town, beside the Courthouse (where many of the inmates were tried and sentenced), and adjacent to Market Square.

There has been a gaol on this site since 1702 and it remained active until 1924. During this time thousands of prisoners, young and old, men, women and children, guilty and innocent passed through its doors. The story of Wicklow's Historic Gaol is their story.

Wicklow Gaol Door
Gaolers

Powerscourt Gardens

One of the World's Great Gardens. Powerscourt is situated in the village of Enniskerry 40km north of Rathdrum in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. It is a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs.
The 18th Century Palladian House now incorporates an innovative shopping experience, terrace cafe and house exhibition. Facilities include speciality shops, interiors gallery, garden pavilion and 18-hole golf course.

 

Powerscourt

Opening Times
House and Gardens, daily, 9.30am-5.30pm in summer.
Closed 25th and 26th of December.
Gardens close at dusk in winter.

Glendalough



Located about 10km north of Rathdrum, Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes, is one of Ireland's most notable locations for scenic, historical and archaelogical reasons. Approaching from the east or descending upon it through the Wicklow Gap from the west, it is shrouded in beauty, mystery and tranquility.

Glendalough Tower

Glendalough Lakes

 

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