in Carlow

So much to do; historic houses & gardens, art collections & galleries, heritage attractions, family fun, trails & walks.

County Carlow boasts rich and varied attractions across the country to appeal to visitors of all ages. Starting in Carlow town there are a number of museums and attractions including Carlow Castle, Carlow College and Carlow Cathedral to begin your tour of the county’s historical sites. Our castles and gardens have been included in Ireland’s 20 Hidden Gems by The Guardian while our Chocolate Garden and Pottery School offers fun-filled memories for all the family. Whatever the weather, with Carlow Town’s Omniplex and DOME Family Entertainment Centre there is always something to do in Carlow.

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Be a Tourist at Home – Discover Carlow

A treasure trove of walking routes are on offer in Carlow, catering for everyone from the casual walker to the veteran hiker. Looped walks are located throughout the county, with flat walking available along the beautiful Barrow Way and hiking for the more adventurous along the scenic South Leinster and Wicklow Ways.

There’s a completely new addition this year with the opening of the Columban Way, which follows in the footsteps of St Columbanus – offering both flat walking and hiking options. If you’re seeking peace, tranquility, fresh air and harmony with nature, then Carlow’s charming walks await you. Fun, adventure, or quiet reflection – you choose.

Carlow Garden Trail

Open all year round, the Carlow Garden Trail currently features 21 different gardening attractions with an additional three gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford. The trail includes great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, and smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time.

Award winning garden centres and forest parks complement the joy of a visit here. The Carlow Garden Trail ranges from small to very large gardens, garden centres and forest parks and from old to new, so there is something to stimulate both the novice and experienced gardener. Known for its mild and temperate climate, County Carlow in Ireland’s sunny South East is the ideal destination for your gardening trip.

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