With mountains, glorious countryside and river valleys all close at hand, Carlow is a county worth discovering and exploring. Against a beautiful landscape visitors to Carlow will uncover a great holiday experience – exhilarating outdoor adventure, traditional rural life, vibrant shopping and a rich cultural heritage.

Home to three of Ireland’s key national walking routes – the South Leinster, the Barrow and the Wicklow Ways – Carlow is blessed with hundreds of miles of excellent and varied walking. The golfing visitor will find an impressive variety of golfing facilities to suit all levels while the Rivers Barrow and Slaney and their many tributaries provide exciting activities for the passive and active water enthusiast.

Co. Carlow is steeped in historical and archaeological artefacts from pagan sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen to ecclesiastical settlements, many of which are of national significance. The Carlow Garden Trial is another gem for visitors to enjoy featuring a collection of eighteen gardening attractions including great old gardens such those at Altamont and smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time. Award winning garden centres and forest parks complement the joy of a visit here.

On the arts front the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a dynamic multi-disciplinary arts facility presenting the best of local, national and international work in the visual and performing arts. Standing in a strategic location in the centre of Carlow Town, it rivals its contemporaries in New York, Berlin or Toyko in terms of its scale and contemporary architecture.

Situated in the South East of Ireland, approximately 90km from the ferry and airports of Dublin, Rosslare and Waterford, Carlow is one of Ireland’s most charming inland counties. Its central location offers the perfect base to explore the surrounding counties of Wexford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois.
2014 Carlow Garden Trail Map
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The Visual Art Centre and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre
VISUAL is one of Ireland's leading facilities for the presentation of local, national and international contemporary visual art as well as housing a magnificent theatre comprising 290 seats, a restaurant and bar. The building has been designed by renowned architect Terry Pawson and contains both one of the largest and most sympathetic spaces for presenting contemporary and modern art in Ireland. more...
Carlow Trail of the Saints
(Carlow) Trail of the Saints is made up of 3 Separate driving routes which between them cover the entire County of Carlow and feature 51 ecclesiasticall attractions. Many are of national significance include the Romanesque Door Way at Killeshin, the medieval Cathedral of Old Leighlin and the monastic site of St. Mullins. Download Carlow Trail of the Saints Brochure here E: info@carlowtourism.com     more...

Hedging Workshop Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre 18th October 2014

Hedging Workshop

Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

Learn how to care for, grow and preen your hedges to keep them looking their best.

Admission: Free. Advance booking necessary


Front Door Makeover Workshop Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre 11th October 2014

Front door makeover workshop

Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

This exciting and creative workshop will also show you simple ways to brighten up your home with some simple tips.

Admission: Free. Advance booking necessary


Bulb Planting Week Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre 15th - 21st September 2014

Bulb planting week 15th – 21st September 2014

Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

Sow now and reap the benefits later! Planting bulbs at this time of year is important if you want to enjoy a garden full of colour in spring. Plants manager Eamonn will demonstrate how best to plant your bulbs in a workshop on September 20th.

Times: Note -  Late opening Thursday until 8 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission: Free. Advance booking necessary