10 Top things to do in Carlow

10 Top things to do in Carlow

Looking for things to do in Carlow Town?

Carlow is a vibrant town with a rich rural history, surrounded by a picturesque countryside. However, with so many  attractions it can be difficult deciding what to see. Here are ten reasons to visit to county Carlow.

1. The chocolate Garden of Ireland


Ever wanted to go to a chocolate factory? The chocolate Garden of Ireland is a modern chocolate and ice cream factory. Offering tours where you can try award winning handmade chocolate, hot chocolate and ice cream. A paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth.  The chocolate garden also offers daily chocolate mold making. Here you can decorate your own coco creation and enjoy delicious ice cream while you wait for your mold to set.  The Gardens is sure to be a favorite with  kids, boasting  slides and sandpits and other leisure activities in the play zones. http://carlowtourism.com/the-chocolate-garden-of-ireland/

2. The VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre


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Experience your world in a new way, in the largest art gallery in Ireland. VISUAL centre is a cultural gem in the middle of Carlow town and displays, local and international, contemporary art with free admission. This theatre hosts a diverse range of theatre, talks and events. There is a permanent free Make and Do space for families to sit and make art with the themes of the season exhibition. http://www.visualcarlow.ie

3. Delta Sensory Gardens

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Winner of the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence, Delta is a perfect  space for anyone wanting peace and  tranquility.  These scenic  gardens consist of 2.5 acres of land, decorated by of the country’s top designers. Beginning as a centre for people with intellectual disabilities, it has now become one of Ireland’s leading attractions.  The Delta Sensory Gardens also a craft shop, cafe and hosts events throughout the year. http://carlowtourism.com/delta-sensory-gardens/

4. Carlow County Museum

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Journey back  in time with a visit to the Carlow County Museum. This museum offers guided tours  about  the rich history of Carlow. This includes everything from the  ancient burial sites to the county’s landmark sugar factory. The museum also has a focus on more recent cultural achievements from influential personalities and Carlow sport clubs. http://carlowtourism.com/carlow-county-museum-2/

5. Rancho Reilly

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Rancho Reilly is the ultimate location for family fun. This Ranch in the Carlow countryside has everything your kids could possible want.  A pet farm, crazy golf, sunken trampolines and picnic tables, are just some of the many things in the outdoor area. The more easygoing, indoor area contains a soft area for children aged 3-11 and a comfortable coffee shop, with a burning stove so the adults can relax. http://carlowtourism.com/rancho-reilly-pet-farm-and-childrens-activity-centre/

6. Borris House

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Are you a fan of the Tudors? Then you’ll love the Tudor Gothic Mansion.  Borris House was modeled after an 18th century house and a former 15th century castle, making it a landmark of Irish architectural history. Tours to see this mighty mansion can be booked online. http://carlowtourism.com/borris-house/

7. Carlow Brewing Company

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When it comes to brewing companies  people tend to think of Smithwicks and Guinness. However the Carlow Brewing company or as it’s also known the O’Hara Brewing company, is one of the largest brewery in Ireland. After 100 years this brewery revived, Carlows long tradition of malt and hop production. During the Carlow Brewing Company tour you can meet the brewing team and discover Ireland’s wonderful craft beer history. The tour also includes the chance to taste and compare award winning brews. http://carlowtourism.com/carlow-brewing-company-2/

8. Go With The Flow River Adventures

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If you enjoy outdoor activities  then this is the place for you. Go With The Flow Adventures has canoe fun for every level. This includes water rapids and a river safari. Go With The Flow also organise Hen and Stag day outs, which will make your special day, original and  unforgettably fun. http://carlowtourism.com/go-with-the-flow-river-adventures-2/

9. Huntington Castle

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Originally constructed in 1625 by Sir Laurence Esmonde, Huntington castle screams authenticity. So much so that the relatives of Esmonde still live there today. The Huntington Castle boasts some impressive features, such as the Georgian terraces and castellated victorian extensions. The castle offers 45 minute tours where you visit the Victorian kitchen, Jacobean hall, 17th century pond and even a spooky temple in the basement of the castle. Outside Huntington Castle there is also some 500 years old gardens, making for a stunning wedding location. http://carlowtourism.com/huntington-castle-2/

10. Walsh Whiskey Distillery


Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak is a world-class, independent Irish whiskey distillery and visitor centre set amid 40 acres of parkland on an 18th century estate. One of the largest working distilleries in Ireland, visitors to Walsh Whiskey Distillery can see first-hand how all three types of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain – are created under the one roof. Home to The Irishman and Writers’ Tears award-winning whiskeys, visitors can see, touch, taste and experience the craft of distilling from field to bottle, learning about the passion and dedication that goes in to every drop. After the tour relax in the Still House Lounge or stroll around the estate and take in Holloden House (1755) and the beautiful scenery that makes Royal Oak the perfect place to create exceptional quality whiskeys. Facilities include a whiskey academy, whiskey tours, shop, picnic area, access to parkland and wheelchair access. Please see website for times, booking and admission. http://walshwhiskey.com

For more information on these attractions and the many other things to see in Carlow, visit carlowtourism.com