Located a short distance south of Dublin itself, Wicklow is a mixture of natural and the historic. County Wicklow is full of parks, waterfalls, mountains, and walking opportunities, as well as a stunning coastline. Visitors head to Wicklow to enjoy the many popular walking tracks and trails, winding their way through gardens, ruins of monasteries, and historic mansions, dating back to the 18th century. At just one hour’s drive from Dublin, Wicklow is within easy day trip reach.
Due to its close proximity to the capital city, Wicklow is a popular spot for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle for a few hours, and retreat to nature. This area is also popular for locals at the weekends and during school holidays, thanks to the relaxed, natural vibe which is evident all around the town and surrounding area. The town of Wicklow itself is a traditional Irish town, packed with small pubs, bars, and restaurants, and a friendly feel, thanks to very welcoming locals. The ideal spot to visit for lunch, or a coffee, before venturing out to the natural landscapes within the county, this is one of the best places to visit on the east coast of Ireland, and one of the easiest excursions out of Dublin for day trippers. County Wicklow itself begins just as Dublin finishes, heading down to County Carlow further south.
There is perhaps no better way to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature, whilst being within close proximity of your city base, than by visiting Wicklow. With such a short distance from Dublin, heading out to explore the natural countryside is a must do, and whether you choose to stay in the town itself, or you head out to visit some of the natural sights within easy reach, you will have a filling and fun day out, for sure. County Wicklow runs seamlessly into Dublin, at its further southern point, and extends down the coastline, and inland to mysterious woods and forests. Visitors head here to explore Mother Nature at her very best, and you’ll find many campsites here, ideal for visiting with the kids during summer breaks, or simply for enjoying a night under the stars. A landscape packed with golden beaches, woods, and huge mountains, there are many walking opportunities here, and the Wicklow Way is one of the most popular. This trail takes visitors through historic and natural spots, including old supply lines used by the military throughout history, through thick forests, past ruins of old monasteries, bordering stunning gardens, and meandering past huge mansions, dating back to opulent families in the 18th century. Within the town itself, the old gaol is one of the most visited spots, albeit a rather grizzly one. You can also easily head out into Wicklow Mountains, and stare in awe at Glenmacnass Waterfall. It is as idyllic and stunning as it sounds. Back in the town itself, and Wicklow is home to a comfortable, small town feel, and despite its close proximity to cosmopolitan Dublin, it retains much of its past charm. Small pubs are full of locals who will happily sit and talk to you about the history and the local area, and you can enjoy delicious local food from any of the cafes which line the main street. There are several small shopping opportunities to take a few souvenirs back home, but overall, the vibe is slow and relaxing, which is ideal as a break from the hustle and bustle of the city itself. The natural sights just outside of the town are easy enough to reach via local transport, and you can easily see a few for yourself, before venturing back to the town before the sun sets.