With so much to see and do in County Wicklow there is never a dull moment.
Pick and choose between all these attractions which are local to the Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge.
Woodenbridge War Memorial
The Wicklow War I Memorial was design to commemorate the 1,192 men from the county who lost their lives in the first World War. The memorial is located in beautiful surroundings on the bank of the river Aughrim at Woodenbridge and is a place of peace and tranquillity.
Avoca Handweavers & Avoca Village
It is the oldest working woollen mill in Ireland and one of the world's oldest manufacturing companies. It is also Ireland's oldest surviving business. The mill on the banks of the fast-flowing River Avoca survives from at least 1723. Travel to and from the remote village was difficult and a barter system was used. The mill was used for grinding corn for bread and spinning and weaving wool.
The Avoca area has been associated with its famous copper mines for many years and the valley has been immortalised by Thomas Moore in the famous song The Meeting of the Waters. Avoca is the village where the BBC series Ballykissangel was filmed. In 1966, Avoca was one of the locations used in the film “Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon”.
Meeting of the Waters
At the Meeting of the Waters, the Avonmore and beg rivers come together to form the Avoca River. It was here that Thomas Moore penned his famous Irish Melody, “The Meeting of the Waters”.
Avondale House & Forest Park
Avondale House is the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) - one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. Avondale is set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres with tree trails and walks ranging in duration from one to five hours. Other facilities include a licensed cafe, book shop, picnic areas, children’s play area, three orienteering courses and large car/coach park.
The large 1/2-acre hedge maze is 7 feet tall and is a tricky puzzle to solve, the kids love it, while the solstice maze is a more gentle contemplative experience. Three traditional farming museums present exhibits which will awaken your imagination to a time of hand-made crafts and horse-drawn farm machinery. The farm animals prove a great attraction for the all kids as well as the adults. Our beautiful wild nature walk leads down by a stream to the dragon-fly ponds where an abundant wild-life can be enjoyed on a relaxed and un-rushed stroll. Then relax and enjoy some delicious home baking in the tea-rooms and browse through the local arts and crafts in our craft-shop.
Located in east County Wicklow, Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens is the centrepiece of an 18th century estate that once covered over 5000 acres (2000 ha). Seat of the Acton family for three centuries, it is now an outpost of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. The milder climate, higher rainfall and deeper, acidic soils of this historic Wicklow garden, provide a counterpoint to the collections at Glasnevin. The association of Kilmacurragh with the National Botanic Gardens began in 1854, when Thomas Acton inherited the estate and greatly benefited from the advice and support of Dr. David Moore and his son Sir Frederick Moore, Curators of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin in Dublin.
Arklow Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum Arklow is a treasure trove of shipbuilders’ models, half models, plans and a unique collection of eight paintings of Arklow sailing ships from the hand of that famous Pier Head painter, Ruben Chappell. All articles on display are donated or loaned by local families and companies. Arklow Maritime Museum continues to improve its facilities by adding new exhibitions and displays. Thirty years after it was first opened, thanks to a dedicated group of Arklow people, we would like to welcome you all to our new site in the Bridgewater Centre.
Brittas Bay is one of the finest beaches on the East Coast. Brittas Bay has a 5km stretch of beautiful white sand dunes and clean beaches. This beach has won a European Union (EU) Blue Flag – the international emblem for the highest quality beach areas in Europe – for five consecutive years. With no headlands to interfere with the peaceful rhythm, it is ideal for bathing, sailing and walking. Brittas has a 2mile/3.2km stretch of powdery sand and sand dune system which is a designated area of significant interest. The dunes are home to many interesting wildlife species and plants, including a number of rare species.