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  • Address: Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Hours: Daily 10am-6pm May-Aug, weekends Sept-April
  • Admission: Free admission; parking fees apply

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Wicklow Mountains

Wicklow Mountains National Park, also known as the Garden of Ireland, is one of the country’s six national parks and an easy day trip from Dublin, only 18.5 miles (30 km) away. Travelers frequent this County Wicklow mountain range to spend time away from the city and enjoy the stunningly wild landscape that is so markedly different from the typical green, grassy plains of the Emerald Isle. You’ll find 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) of low mountains, serene lakes, and deep glacial valleys offering chances to fish, kayak, and hike. Read on to find out more about this gem of the Irish countryside.


Wicklow Mountain Scenery

From bog lands to heather fields, stunning mountain landscapes awaits at the Wicklow Mountains. The park features Glencree Valley and Sally Gap, in addition to one of Ireland’s highest waterfalls, Powerscourt. Other must-see spots include the P.S. I Love You Bridge; Powerscourt Gardens at the Powerscourt Estate; the Wicklow Gap, where much of Braveheart was filmed; and Lough Tay, also known as Guinness Lake. Many tours include nature walks with a tour guide, and some allow for exploring nearby medieval villages such as Kilkenny and the round tower at the Glendalough Monastic Settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century. Because there’s so much natural beauty to take in at the national park, it’s recommended that you spend a full day here.


Insider Tip

Stop by Fitzgerald's Pub in Avoca in County Wicklow for lunch at a traditional Irish pub. Plus, what’s lunch on the Emerald Isle without a Guinness to go with it?

Things to Know Before You Go
Here are just a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.
  • There is no entrance fee for the national park, but you will have to pay for parking.
  • Although the area is widely remote, most facilities can be found in the Glendalough area, including the Glendalough Visitor Center, where you’ll find historical exhibits and park information.
  • Most coach tours offer free WiFi on the bus.
  • A few paths and trails near Upper Lake and Lower Lake have been deemed fit for wheelchair users.

How to Get There

Wicklow Mountains tours are offered with daily departures from Dublin city center. The scenic route to the mountains from Dublin takes about an hour by car or coach via the winding Military Road, which passes numerous bogs and lakes along the way. It’s also possible to arrive by rail tour, which removes the hassle of navigating mountain roads without compromising the stunning views of the Irish countryside.

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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin, Dublin, null
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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

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The Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow's untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you'll explore ancient monastic ruins ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.26
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin

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Fall for the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Garden of Ireland on this Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains day trip from Dublin. Set off from the capital and ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.42
Wicklow Mountains Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Wicklow Mountains Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin

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Full Day Tour to Wicklow mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny. Expert tour guides with separate coach driver. Luxury coaches with Free Wifi. Discover Ireland's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $35.66
Wicklow with Guided Walk Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Wicklow with Guided Walk Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin

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Enjoy a Guided walk in the Wicklow Mountain National Park on this day tour from Dublin. The walk is approx 1.5hrs and part of this day tour.

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.07
Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin

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Combine Ireland's stunning coastal and mountain scenery on this lovely rail tour from Dublin. You'll travel through the magical Wicklow Mountains, visit the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Wicklow, Powerscourt and Glendalough Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Rail Tours
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Wicklow, Powerscourt and Glendalough Tour from Dublin

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Visit the Powerscourt Gardens and explore the Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin with great guides and live commentary.

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Day Trip to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Day Trip to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough from Dublin

Get out of the city limits of Dublin for a day in the countryside on this 9-hour tour to the Wicklow Mountains. You may arrive a stranger but you'll leave a ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.42
Full-Day Glendalough and Kilkenny Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Full-Day Glendalough and Kilkenny Tour from Dublin

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Spend a day exploring history and culture in the Emerald Isle. You'll start your tour in majestic Glendalough, then experience the Wicklow Mountains en-route ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $37.82
Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips
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Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

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See Irish castles, caves and cloisters on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll head into Ireland's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens Day Tour, Dublin, Day Trips
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Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens Day Tour

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See the best of what is on Dublin’s doorstep on a perfect half day tour to Wicklow, Ireland’s garden county, with admission to one of the country’s finest ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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