Wicklow and the Garden of Ireland
Wicklow (Irish: Cill Mhantáin, meaning "church of the toothless one) is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East region in Ireland. Located south of Dublin on the east coast of the island, it has a population of 10,356 according to the 2011 census. The town is to the east of the N11 Route between Dublin and Wexford. Wicklow is also linked to the rail network, with Dublin commuter services now extending to the town. Additional services connect with Arklow, Wexford and Rosslare Europort, a main ferry port. There is also a commercial port, mainly importing timber and textiles.
County Wicklow is known as the 'Garden of Ireland'. Nestled amongst the lush rolling hills are pretty little glens, cascading waterfalls, glassy lakes and intimate villages.
Suggested itinerary for Coach Tours & Group Travel Holidays
Depart the UK.
Arrive in Ireland and check into your hotel.
Powerscourt and Mount Usher Gardens.
Powerscourt House and Gardens is one of the most beautiful estates in Ireland and an exhibition brings to life the estate's rich history. The gardens include an extraordinary series of Italianate terraces, a walled garden with beautiful gates, rose beds and herbaceous borders, the Dolphin Pond and a Japanese Garden. Also visit Mount Usher Gardens where spectacular plants and shrubs that benefit from the particular climate that Mount Usher enjoys, thrive here but not elsewhere in the British Isles.
Wicklow town, Glendalough and Avoca.
Travel along the Wicklow coast to Wicklow town, famed for its fine harbour. Then head to Glendalough. 'The valley of the two lakes' is famous for its wild beauty, its rich spiritual history and its many archaeological sites. Avoca is a typical Irish Village where the popular BBC series Ballykissangel was filmed. Also see the Meeting of the Waters and visit Avoca Handweavers.
Today, visit the bustling city of Dublin. Must-see sights include Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Temple Bar, Christchurch and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, Dublin Castle, Old Jameson's Distillery and the Guinness Storehouse.
Return to the UK.
After breakfast we return to the ferry port for the return sailing home