County Carlow Tourist Attractions List of sites and attractions in County Carlow

Tullow, County Carlow

Tullow in County Carlow (An Tulach in Irish) is an expanding market town situated 15 km (9.5 miles) from Carlow and 88 km (55 miles) from Dublin City. The town is conveniently placed for exploring the beauty spots of south Wicklow and north Wexford. as well as those of Carlow. In the market square stands a statue of Father John Murphy, the insurgent leader, who was captured near Tullow and executed in the Market Square on 2nd July 1798. The town has a small museum with much information about this period and other local history.

Carlow, County Carlow

Carlow (Irish: Ceatharlach, meaning ‘Four Lakes’) is an inland town in the south-east of Ireland in County Carlow, 84 km from Dublin. The town numbers about 20,000 people, 3,000 of whom are students. The River Barrow flows through the town, and forms the historic boundary between counties Laois and Carlow: the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 included the town entirely in County Carlow. Carlow town is County Carlow's largest town and its administrative centre. The Carlow area has been settled for thousands of years. St Mullins monastery is believed to have been established around the 7th century. Carlow Castle was constructed by William Marshal, Earl of Striguil and Lord of Leinster, c1207-13, to guard the vital river crossing. Saint Patrick's College dates from 1793 and the Carlow Courthouse was constructed in the 19th century. There are still many old estates and houses in the surrounding areas, among them Duckett's Grove and Dunlecky Manor. St Mullins today houses a Heritage Centre.

Altamont Gardens, Tullow, County Carlow

Known as the most romantic garden in Ireland, Altamont is an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens located on a 100 acre estate. Whilst still little known, it ranks in the top ten of Irish gardens and is often referred to as 'the jewel in Ireland's gardening crown'

Browne's Hill Dolmen, Carlow, County Carlow

The Brownshill Dolmen (Dolmain Chnoc an Bhrúnaigh in Irish) is a megalithic portal tomb situated 3 km east of Carlow, in County Carlow, Ireland. It lies just off the R726 regional road and is clearly visible from the road. The capstone at Brownshill, weighing an estimated 100 metric tons, is reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. The tomb is listed as a National Monument.

Woodlands Falconry and Bird of Prey, Tullow, County Carlow

At Woodlands Falconry you now have the chance to experience the beauty and elegance of these majestic birds. Woodlands Falconry is an outdoor educational Bird of Prey centre where eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, etc can be seen on display. You can take a walk through the woods accompanied by hawks and also let the children enjoy our baby birds in the summer months.

Carlow County Museum, Carlow, County Carlow

Discover the varied history and heritage of County Carlow from the archaeological gems of Old Leighlin Cathedral and Saint Mullins to personalities such as Scientist John Tyndall, Volunteer Kevin Barry and Raconteur Val Vousden. A new Museum to cater for the cultural and educational needs of the community and provide a much needed indoor heritage tourism amenity has recently opened.

Huntington Castle, Clonegal, County Carlow

Huntington Castle, Clonegal, County Carlow, the ancient seat of the Esmonde family is today one of Irelands historical treasures. Presently lived in by four generations of the Durdin-Robertson family, descendents of the Esmondes, the castle is set in picturesque countryside at the foot of the Blackstairs mountains. Built in 1625 on the site of a former 14th century stronghold and abbey, the castle has something to offer everyone – from those keen to explore the fascinating house and gardens on a tour – to the discerning client looking for a venue hire with a difference, or the couple looking for a fairytale wedding venue. Whatever you are looking for we are sure that Huntington will have something unique to offer.

Carlow Castle, Carlow, County Carlow

Now a ruin standing on the eastern bank of the River Barrow, Carlow Castle is thought to have been built by William de Marshal (Earl of Pembroke and Lord of Leinster between 1207 and 1213) and is similar in design to Ferns Castle in County Wexford. At one time Carlow was an important and strong military fortress, strategically sited at the confluence of the rivers, and the castle withstood repeated attacks in 1494 and 1641. Today, two battered towers and part of an intervening wall are all that remain after a local physician tried to remodel it as an asylum in 1814. In an effort to demolish the interior he placed explosive charges at its base and demolished all but the west wall and towers.

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