Avoca Handweavers is a famous tourist destination, as well as a long time favourite among the Dublin and Wicklow communities.
Built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, you'll find a large Avoca Store and Café, and a working handweaving mill. The Mill itself dates from 1723, and is said to be the oldest extant manufacturer in Ireland and, indeed, one of the world's oldest.
Many of the throws, rugs and scarves you'll find in the Avoca stores are woven here at the Avoca Mill. Initially it took the raw wool from the sheep of the surrounding hills and valleys and through a process of carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving transformed it into clothing and blankets for barter and sale.
Visitors are welcome to view the whole weaving process at first hand with a Tour of the Mill. Admission is free and it is a great opportunity to see a working mill and to view the finished product in the store afterwards. Tax-free shopping & shipping available.
When leaving Woodenbridge Hotel turn left and travel for two miles. You will come to a junction where you will turn right crossing the river. The road veres left taking you up through the village and past the church. You will shortly see Avoca Handweavers on your left.
Open 7 days a week:
Store, Café & Free Mill Tour
Summer opening: Shop 9.00am - 6.00pm;
Café & Hay Loft Dining Room 9.30am - 5.30pm.
Winter opening: Shop 9.30am - 5.30pm;
Café & Hay Loft Dining Room 9.30am - 5.00pm.
Please phone the shop directly or our head office to check opening hours if in doubt.
Avoca Store, Cafe & Mill Tour, The Mill at Avoca Village, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.