What are the best places to visit in County Wicklow? When you picture traveling to Ireland, you probably envision the classic “must sees” on everyone’s list - the Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Giants Causeway, and The Aran Islands. But a highly underrated and gorgeous place that you absolutely must see in Ireland is County Wicklow.
County Wicklow is dominated by sprawling green countryside and rolling mountains, making for absolutely breathtaking scenery. If you have ever seen “P.S. I Love You,” then you know what I’m talking about because that movie was shot in Wicklow.
To aid you on your Emerald Isle travels, I’ve compiled a list of the five best places to visit in County Wicklow.
Enniskerry is the idyllic Irish small town and one of the best places to visit in County Wicklow. I put it on this list because it is so easy to get to from Dublin. Just take the 44 bus from O’Connell Street in Dublin and ride it all the way to the end of its route. The trip takes about an hour or so, as you watch the city fade away, then the suburbs, and suddenly you are surrounded by nothing but beautiful mountains and countryside and a small town that boasts a single bar and an ice cream shop.
2 Powerscourt Estate
While you’re in Enniskerry, you cannot miss the Powerscourt Estate. This estate boasts a mansion and spectacular sprawling gardens that overlook Sugerloaf mountain. Fans of the movie, “The Count of Monte Christo” will recognize this estate.
Glendalough is a great place for history buffs. Not only is it home to beautiful mountain lake views, but it also features the ruins of a monastery from the middle ages.
If you find yourself wanting to experience some sea air, Bray is the place to go. Just a short bus ride from Enniskerry, or a train ride from Dublin, Bray has a lot of seaside charm and quaint shops, topped with the ever-present mountain views that define County Wicklow.
5 Mountains and Wicklow Trail
If nothing else, make sure to just get lost in the countryside and hike the many mountain trails in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It is a gorgeous place!
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