Top 10 Things to do in Arklow, Ireland

November 15, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Arklow (from Old Norse Arnkell-lág, meaning 'meadow of Arnkell', Irish: An tInbhear Mór, meaning "the great estuary") is a town in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland, overlooked by Arklow Hill. Founded by the Vikings in the ninth century, Arklow was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the 1798 rebellion. Arklow's proximity to Dublin led to it becoming a commuter town with a population of 14,353 as of the 2016 census.
Restaurants in Arklow

1. Woodenbridge Golf Club

Woodenbridge, Avoca, Arklow, Ireland +353 402 35202
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Woodenbridge Golf Club

Surrounded by rivers and mature Forests, Woodenbridge Golf Club was described by the legendary Joe Carr as "Ireland's Augusta" and "The most scenic golf course in Ireland, a hidden gem". Woodenbridge is listed in the Golf Digest - Ireland's Top 100 Ranking, and is renowned for superb condition of the course and lightning fast, undulating greens.

Reviewed By finchymyboy - Bedford. England

2nd year we visited and played Woodenbridge and it has become our favourite course amongst the half dozen we have now played in Ireland which includes both courses at Druids Glen. This is in a beautiful valley and the condition of the entire course is superb - we were lucky with the weather as well, seeing this place on a sunny day made it even better.
The hospitality in the club house is typically Irish - very friendly and accommodating, the food and Guinness fabulous. If I was going to move to Southern Ireland I would make sure it was in this area so I could join this course and play it for the rest of my life! If you turn up and your golf is rubbish on the day, just enjoy the view and you will still come off the course with a smile on your face.

2. The Mill at Avoca Village

Millmount Mills, Avoca, Ireland +353 402 35105
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4.5 based on 444 reviews

The Mill at Avoca Village

On the banks of the Avoca river, you’ll find the Avoca store, cafe and mill. This location is the birthplace of the Avoca experience, and the origin of the family’s company name. Dating from 1723, this very special Avoca location is home to the handweaving mill, a large Avoca Store and Cafe and a visitor centre (admission free) which tells the story of the mill from the beginning. The Mill Tour invites people to see firsthand where our very own throws, rugs and scarves come from, and to see them being made by hand. Some of our weavers who work here are third generation.

Reviewed By ALISON H - Harrogate, United Kingdom

A good stopping off place combining tasty homemade food with an insight into modern weaving techniques . There is also a gift shop selling some beautiful woollen products from the mill , which are quite expensive . But we enjoyed our refreshments , particularly the cheese , tomato and herb scones , and having a glimpse of the weaving shed , where most of the process is automated nowadays .

3. Wexford Lavender Farm

Inch, Ireland +353 87 068 6774
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Wexford Lavender Farm

Wexford Lavender Farm, Ireland's first dedicated organic Lavender Farm. Located in beautiful countryside in North Wexford off the beaten track. Two acres of Lavender plants, woodland walks (3 routes ranging from 2 - 7 kilometres) Restaurant, giftshop, outdoor playground, plant sales (summer months), quad barrel train ride

Reviewed By SineadTraveller - Celbridge, Ireland

Good place to spend an hour or two. Wonderful smell in the lavender field! Did the woodland walk which was very mucky but to be expected at this time of year. Nice gift shop. Meals looked wonderful in the coffee shop but we just had drinks so can’t comment on the food. Playground suitable for young children. A very pleasant way to spend a few hours. Only complaint was that the directions on apple maps were off. Lead us to a field in the middle of nowhere. We were approaching it from the west and I’d say the directions are better and easier from the M11.

4. Kia Ora Mini Farm

Courteencurragh, Gorey, Ireland +353 53 942 1166
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4.5 based on 217 reviews

Kia Ora Mini Farm

Award winning open farm in Gorey, Wexford with REAL diggers, fire engine ride, maze, milking cow, go karts etc. pay once on entry to enjoy unlimited access to all attractions, picnics welcome, free carparking and fully wheelchair accessible. Special Events at Easter, Halloween and Magical Christmas Experience.

Reviewed By rulynro - Dublin, Ireland

I took my two young grandchildren aged 5 and 3 to kia Ora farm today October 7th. We spent 5 and a half very happy hours there. The children had a fantastic time. The fire engine,the diggers and the gocarts were their top favourites along...MoreThanks for your fantastic review, we really appreciate it and are glad that your visit was enjoyed by all. We hope to see you all back at the farm very soon

5. Falconry Ireland

Killahurler | Gps Coordinates: 52. 801529,- 6. 255436, Arklow, Ireland +353 402 35028
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Falconry Ireland

Reviewed By f1ange04 - Dundalk, Ireland

We had a really good time with Laurence at Falconry Ireland. Got to fly Harris hawks. Learned a lot about different birds. Saw barn owls, tawny owls, snowy owls, lanner falcons, buzzards and my favorite burrowing owls. Would highly recommend going down. Laurence was a gentleman.

Abbeylands, Wicklow, Arklow, Ireland +353 402 32492
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Arklow Golf Links

Reviewed By nywlid - North Wales

Hidden gem, great links golf with greens to die for, smooth,fast and very undulating,plenty of 3 and 4 putts. Catering side is run by Luke and James who served us two meals and a few Guinness which was fantastic.Both meals were of the highest order....MoreThank you very much for your review and we all at Arklow Golf Club look forward to seeing you soon.

7. Arklow Maritime Museum

The Bridgewater Centre North Quay | Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, Ireland +353 402 91683
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Arklow Maritime Museum

Described as "one of the most valuable collections of maritime artefacts in the state", a treasure trove containing items, many brought back from far flung corners of the globe, all documenting the towns long association with the sea. Arklow's maritime history stretches back to the mists of pre-history. There is evidence to show that the 2nd century cartographer Ptolemy knew of its existence. In the 9th century the Vikings established the town and port on a permanent basis. The Normans consolidated its seafaring traditions. By the turn of the 20th century Arklow was Ireland's premier fishing port and had a fleet of 80 schooners, brigs and brigantines. To this day Arklow Shipping Ltd. has the largest fleet of vessels trading under the Irish flag and boat building still continues to be carried out by Arklow Marine Engineering Ltd. Until recently, wooden boats and ships were being constructed by John Tyrell & Sons Ltd., who designed and built Chichester's Gypsy Moth 3, the Irish sail vessel Asgard 2, numerous fishing vessels, trading vessels, pilot boats and many other types.

Reviewed By Merrybeau - Dublin, Ireland

We really enjoyed our visit to Arklow Maritime Museum. At five euro each, we thought it was very good value. The location beside the Bridgewater Shopping Centre is very convenient. We received a warm welcome from Kevin, the staff member on duty. Our visit began...MoreThank you for the great review. Glad you liked it and are spreading the word.

8. Brittas Bay

Brittas Bay Village, Wicklow, Ireland
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4.5 based on 214 reviews

Brittas Bay

Nearest other road ; the R750. Coastal area there a listed TA B&B. South of Wicklow town, East of Avoca, North-east of Johnstown, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Reviewed By Wicklawalker - Wicklow, Ireland

Brittas Bay was where summers were spent-when the sun always shined .... the beach used to be a much sandier stretch, however over the years it has become stonier. It still can't be beaten on a summers day or for a bracing winter walk. Only 40mins drive from Dublin and now with a great cafe (The Bay Cafe).

9. Coolattin Golf Club

Arklow, Arklow, Ireland
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Coolattin Golf Club

Reviewed By Jacqueline R

It was my first time to play thus course and I must say it was absolutely lovely. Very tricky greens if you don't know where your going you would get caught out. A good bit of walking involved on this course from some greens to tee boxes but we'll worth a visit.

10. Avoca Courthouse Heritage Cente

Main St, Avoca, Ireland +353 402 35022
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Avoca Courthouse Heritage Cente

Official Tourist Information Point for Avoca, Local area Heritage Centre with geneaology & details of deaths & births in the area from the 1800s. IT Centre where visitors can access the interent and print off anything needed.

Reviewed By mrhyp - Salt Lake City, Utah

We often stop in Avoca when in the area. We are old "Ballykissangel" fans and just love the village setting so well-known from the T.V. series. We stayed this time for a week in Woodenbridge, nearby. We found the heritage center in Avoca to be a treasure trove of help and information. The lady in the office was very friendly and helpful. I think she was of India descent. We found that they had some computers in there that you could use for 2euro per visit. A great savings over the usual 4euro or more per 15 minutes elsewhere. We went in there everyday for the week. We learned a lot from the lady and really enjoyed our visits with her. The center is a small yellow building on the left just up the street from Fitzgerald's Bar going towards the church and Avoca Handweavers. If you pass through Avoca stop in to the center. Lots of good area historical photos and information.

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