County Wicklow

It is named after the town of Wicklow, which derives from the Old Norse name Víkingaló, which means ‘Vikings’ Meadow’.
Motto: Meanma Saor ‘Free Spirits’.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Wicklow

An ancient passage tomb with some of the finest vistas in Ireland

Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. County Wicklow      c. 3300 b.c - 3000 b.c  The Seefin Passage Tomb is located on a hilltop 1700 feet above sea level and dates to somewhere between 3300 to [...]

134 bodies of the Luftwaffe lie here

The German Military Cemetery, Glencree. County Wicklow This cemetery was originally a quarry owned by Lord Powerscourt to supply the nearby military barracks of Glencree. Although Ireland positioned itself neutral during the Second World War, [...]

A fantasy castle, The Humes and a ground breaking court case

Humewood Castle was built in 1872 and is located in Kiltegan. co.Wicklow. The Humes formerly lived in a fortified tower house built here in the 15th century which has passed down through successive generations of the [...]

Conflict resolution, German prisoners of war and the United Irishmen

The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation was originally constructed by the British Army as a barracks in 1806. They were built in response to the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the French Wars of [...]

Why are there 4 lighthouses at the most easterly point of Ireland?

Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Wicklow Head. County Wicklow         1781 Wicklow Head Lighthouse was built in 1781 and was originally part of a pair. Their architect, John Trail had previously designed the Grand Canal in Dublin and [...]

Ireland’s highest waterfall & King George IV’s near escape

Powerscourt Waterfall, Powerscourt Estate. County Wicklow   The Powerscourt waterfall is Ireland's highest and arguably most beautiful waterfall with a height of 398 feet. The estate is covered in Beech, Oak, Larch, Pine and even [...]

Once the highest bridge in Ireland with a treasure trove of unique species below it

Knocksink Bridge is located in the village of Enniskerry in county Wicklow. Not many people are aware whilst driving into Enniskerry on the R117 that they passing over this bridge. When built in 1859, this [...]

The longest, most beautiful and most robbed house in Ireland

Russborough House, Blessington. County Wicklow     1755 Russborough House was built in 1755 and is the longest house in the country with a facade of over 700 feet in length. It is also regarded as one [...]

One of the most photographed and painted bridges in Ireland

The Derrybawn Bridge is located in Laragh in co.Wicklow. There has been a bridge at this location since 1700 however this ivy clad beauty dates from 1800. The bridge takes you is over the Glandassan River [...]

The birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell

Avondale House is located near the village of Rathdrum in county Wicklow. This was the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 -1891) one of the greatest political leaders in Irish history. The house [...]

A beautiful church where Paul Henry – Ireland’s greatest landscape artist lies

St Patrick's Parish Church is located in Enniskerry village in county Wicklow. It was commissioned by Mervynn Wingfield 7th Earl of Powerscourt in 1859 in response to the Protestant population of the village not having [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful mansions & voted no.3 best gardens in the World

Powerscourt House was built in 1741 and is located on the Powercourt Estate in Enniskerry, co.Wicklow. It was designed by the famous German architect Richard Cassels (whose other works include Russborough House, Westport House and [...]

100 years of Viscounts, a beautiful forge & a base shaped like a shamrock

Enniskerry Clock Tower is located in the middle of Enniskerry village in county Wicklow. It was commissioned by the 6th Viscount of Powerscourt to commemorate 100 years of the creation of The Viscounts of Powerscourt. The [...]

Why are there 4 lighthouses at the most easterly point of Ireland?

Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Wicklow Head. County Wicklow         1781 Wicklow Head Lighthouse was built in 1781 and was originally part of a pair. Their architect, John Trail had previously designed the Grand Canal in Dublin and [...]

”Probably’ Ireland’s most iconic buildings, 2 lakes & a village idiot

Glendalough Round Tower & St. Kevin’s Kitchen, Glendalough. County Wicklow Glendalough Round Tower and St Kevin's Kitchen are located in the beautiful glaciated valley of Glendalough in county Wicklow. These are some of Ireland's most [...]

Ireland’s most impressive and beautiful monastic settlement

St Kevin's Church, Glendalough. County Wicklow      c. 12th century This national monument is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings and dates from the 12th century. St Kevin's was born in 498 into a [...]

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