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Avondale House & Forest Park

 

Avondale House is set in a magnificent 505 acre forest park rich with flora and wildlife near Rathdrum in County Wicklow. It was built in 1777 for Samuel Hayes. When he died in 1795 the house passed to the Parnell Family. It was here, that Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history was born. The House is now a museum to his memory.

 

Avondale is famous for its array of native & exotic trees and shrubs. This rich and diverse forest is also home to a wide range of animals, insects and 90 different species of birds.

 

The forest park has six way-marked walks and trails:

• River Walk

• Cairn Walk

• Exotic Tree Trail

• Pine Tree Trail

• Centenary Trail

• Slí na Slainte (Path to Health)

There is also a new railway walk which will take you from Rathdrum Railway Station through the forest to Avondale.

 

Directions:

On exiting the main hotel turn left on to the R752 for 3.4km following the signs for Rathdrum. Turn left to stay on the R752 and continue for 9.2km. Turn left on to the R755 which takes you in to Rathdrum. When entering Rathdrum the road skirts around the town until you reach the cross roads at Avon Motors. Turn left and continue for another 1.5km.

GPS Coordinates : N52 54.839 W 6 13.394

 

Open: June to August 11.00 – 16.30.

Subject to change. See http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/?id=53&rec_site=4

Last admission to House one hour before advertised closing time.

 

Admission Rate to House:

Adult €7.50 Concessions €7.00 Family (2A,2C) €22.00

Children (u16) €4.50 Children (u5) FREE

Attractive group rates available on request.

Note: Pay Parking in operation . €5 per car (exact coins only)

 

Avondale House & Forest Park  

 Tel:0404-46111

Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge, Vale of Avoca, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland   T: +353 (0402) 35146   E: