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Once one of Ireland’s busiest ports and a renowned pottery centre, Arklow is a lively town in the southern corner of county Wicklow. With its location on the River Avoca, the N11, and the Dublin/Rosslare rail line, Arklow makes a perfect base for exploring County Wicklow and the east coast.
Enjoy hours of fun for all the family at Clara Lara Fun Park. Less than a half-hour’s drive from Arklow town, this wonderful facility is designed to deliver healthy and creative fun for families and groups of children. There is plenty to do here for even the most active child. With acres of space for relaxing, you are encouraged to bring your own picnic.
The Maritime Museum in Arklow is a treasure chest of shipbuilders’ models, designs, and paintings of Arklow sailing ships by the acclaimed Pier Head painter, Ruben Chappell. Located in the Bridgewater Centre, the museum’s collection is made up entirely of items donated or loaned by local families and companies.
For a more genteel alternative to Wicklow’s rugged landscape, head for the magnificent Powerscourt Estate in the heart of Wicklow’s rolling countryside. A remarkable backdrop to the imposing house and gardens of Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt’s gardens were originally planted in the 18th century. Formal tree plantations frame the view from the house to the north, with cascades, grottoes, terraces, and a walled garden to the south.
Take a short walk from Arklow town centre and you’re at the harbour area. Continue past the harbour to the mouth of the Avoca River, where you will find the south beach and the jetty. Relax at the picnic tables provided. Lifeguards patrol in summer, and there is a sand ladder on the beach to make it easier for people with mobility problems to navigate. Breathe the bracing sea air and watch the bustle of the harbour activities.
A novel project to encourage exercise among people of all ages, Arklow Outdoor Gym features more than 30 different pieces of equipment that are available free of charge to the public. Be as tough or as gentle on yourself as you like, with this modern and accessible gym.
Arklow Golf Links offers a welcome down-to-earth approach to golfing at its 18-hole, par-69 links course. Stunning surroundings and highly affordable rates make for a great day’s golf. The traditional links was originally designed by Hawtree & Taylor in 1927 and later enhanced by the famous E. Hackett. In the last decade, Roscommon designer/agronomist E.B. Connaughton helped maintain the links course’s status as a hidden jewel.
Falconry Ireland gives you a chance to try this most romantic and ancient of field sports in the delightful setting of Woodenbridge. The falconry centre is located in rolling countryside on the banks of the Goldmines River. It is home to a several species of birds of prey used for falconry. This area has a strong tradition of country sports, making it an ideal location for falconry.
The Arklow Seabreeze Festival has been a highlight of the summer schedule for many years, a community event with great live entertainment and an exciting festival atmosphere. Established in 1984, Seabreeze also gives local youth acts and bands the opportunity to to showcase their talent. Enjoy the festive air with marching bands, show bands, and drum corps.
Explore the rich maritime history of Arklow with a guided, three-hour historic town walk around the town. You will be shown the sites of the Vikings’ first landing and Oliver Cromwell’s invasion. The route passes several historic locations as it winds its way in the direction of the harbour, continuing along the beach to the quarries at Arklow Rock, which Charles Stewart Parnell opened in the 1880s. Attractions en route include an 800-foot extinct volcano and wonderful views of the coast and Lugnaquilla.
Dubbed “the Hollywood of Europe,” County Wicklow has long been a favourite with filmmakers. The Michael Collins Drive, which starts in Wicklow town, takes in locations featured not just in Neil Jordan’s 1996 film but in The Guard, Ballykissangel, Angela’s Ashes, Cracks, the Count of Monte Cristo, The Tudors, and Camelot. You’ll pass through Rathnew, Glenealy, Rathdrum, Avoca, and Woodenbridge before you get to Arklow - where Angela’s Ashes was filmed.
1.5km from Arklow
Located in the vibrant seaside town of Arklow in County Wicklow, this holiday home is located just minutes from the beach and town centre - making it ideal for a family holiday. This beautifully furnished home sleeps six in comfort, with three bedrooms offering four single beds and one double bed. Bed linen and towels are provided free during your stay. Other features include ground floor bedrooms, a garden for guests' use, and private car parking. Oil-fired central heating and electricity are extra.
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4km from Arklow
Offering exceptional accommodation in the idyllic surroundings of County Wicklow, this is the perfect destination for a special holiday. The exclusive holiday home is set among beautiful landscaped gardens in peaceful rural surroundings near the colourful seaside town of Arklow. The house has two ensuite bedrooms with flat-screen TV's, and it can accommodate up to five people.
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13.1km from Arklow
This exclusive development of luxury 3-bedroom town houses enjoys a riverbank setting on the edge of Aughrim Village and beside Lawless's Hotel in County Wicklow. Each house has an entrance hall leading to a large sitting room/lounge with open fireplace. There is a downstairs toilet and wash-hand basin. French doors lead from the kitchen/dinning room to a private south west facing patio.
0km from Arklow
Located in the centre of Arklow, this lovely dormer-style bunglow includes four bedrooms and is decorated to a high standard. There is a large, enclosed, south-facing garden with private parking, and the property is within walking distance of the town centre, harbour, golf links, south beach, and the new Bridgewater shopping centre and cinema.
8.9km from Arklow
Escape to this idyllic one-bedroom cottage on an acre of grounds with scenic mountain views near Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow. Recently renovated and refurbished to an exceptional standard, it has been tastefully decorated with attractive furniture and accessories.
Unwind in the idyllic surroundings of wooded countryside, overlooking the mountains and the sea, in these converted stone-built coach houses five minutes from Arklow, Co. Wicklow. The 4-star, three-bedroom properties are beautifully restored to an authentic design while offering every modern comfort. Kitchens are fully fitted, with microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, toaster, and coffee maker.
1.6km from Arklow
Courtyard style, stone built, 2 bedroomed 4 star accommodation. 1st floor bedrooms. Located 5 minutes from Arklow town. Situated in a landscaped wooded setting. This apartment has 2 bedrooms upstairs, kitchen/living downstairs. Accommodation consists of 1 double ensuite rooms, one triple room, and separate bathroom. Linen and towels included. Electric charged extra. Cots and high chairs supplied on request. Living room, kitchen has patio with picnic bench. Breakfast may be booked at adjoining farm house B&B. Free WiFi.
2.2km from Arklow
This Arklow Holiday apartment has 2 bedrooms upstairs, kitchen/living downstairs. Accommodation consists of 1 double ensuite rooms, one twin room, and separate bathroom. Linen and towels included. Electric charged extra. Cots and high chairs supplied on request. Breakfast maybe booked at adjoining farm house B&B. Free WiFi.Courtyard style, stone built, 2 bedroomed 4 star accommodation. 1st floor bedrooms. Located 5 minutes from Arklow town.
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