The arched granite gateway to the monastic city is the last remaining structure of its kind in all of Ireland.
The Avoca Handweavers brand is one of the oldest manufacturing companies in the entire world, and their mill on the banks of the Acova River, from which they get their name, is Ireland’s oldest, having been built in 1723.
Read on to discover the ten best reasons to visit Dublin’s enticing neighbour.
So vast are the Wicklow Mountains that they can’t even be contained within its borders; their granite peaks also spread out into the neighbouring counties of Dublin, Carlow and Wexford.
In Avoca village, you can visit the still-working mill for a free tour and have something to eat in one of the store’s award-winning cafés.
The village itself was the filming location of the BBC series Ballykissangel.
And with the awesome selection of places to eat and drink here – and right throughout the county – it’s easy to see why.
The 18th-century Powerscourt country estate and its 47-acre gardens are a major Wicklow tourist attraction.
The house as it stands now is a remodel of a former 13th-century castle, extensively renovated through the years and commanding a spectacular view of the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
A satellite garden of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, the peaceful Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens on the grounds of a former estate have acidic soil and moderate temperatures that have made them a haven for rare plant species – some so scarce that they are the only one of their kind in the Northern Hemisphere.
It has welcomed critically endangered species such as monkey puzzle trees, whose Chilean population has been so decimated that they are now a national monument.