Avoca Handweavers, Powerscourt House, Shop & Terrace Cafe. This unique Avoca store and terrace cafe overlooks the formal gardens and is individual in style reflecting its stately origins. Don't miss the wonderful array of clothing, Waterford Crystal and gifts for adults, children, the home and garden. Open all year, 7 days 9.30 am - 6 pm.
The Roundwood Reservoirs are one of the main water supply sources for Dublin City. Ideal for walking, experience wild deer, foxes, owls etc, or go angling for brown trout (10 inches min.) by artificial fly only is permitted from the shores of the Lower (south) Reservoir during the season (March 15th to September 30th). Anglers must be in possession of a day/week or season permit obtainable from the Waterworks Office on the R764 Roundwood-Wicklow Road. If you want to enjoy a lakeside walk 5 minutes away, at reception turn left towards Roundwood Village, take next left (200 yards) and walk for until you reach lakes (1000 yards), entrance to walks on either side of road, enjoy a pleasant walk.
Powerscourt Waterfall (4 miles south of Enniskerry). A popular picnic area with the highest Waterfall in Ireland. Tumbling from a height of 120km, the Dargle river crashes spectacularly down and runs through the beautiful glen. The Waterfall is open daily 9.30 am - 7.00 pm (summer) and 10.30 am - dusk (winter). Closed 2 weeks prior to Christmas. Admission charge. During peak season there is a 'Hail & Ride' bus service from Bray and Enniskerry. No nearby public transport. Tel 01 2046066.
Killruddery House And Gardens. Is situated at the southern cross route. Close to the roundabout on the Bray/Greystones road. The property of Killruddery was granted to Sir Wilham Brabazon, who was created Earl of Meath in 1627. The original house was destroyed in the Civil War of 1645 and there is no pictorial record of it. The family have retained Killruddery as their home ever since. The house was drastically altered in the 1820s and remodelled by the Morrisons for the 10th Earl. Killruddery is unique in having the most extensive early formal gardens, still in their original style, surviving in Ireland, largely laid out in the 17th century and added to in the 19th century. They are among the most important gardens of their type in these islands. Gardens open 1April to 30 September 13.00 - 17.00 daily. House open May, June & September 13.00 - 17.00 daily. Also at other times and dates for groups by arrangement. Admission charge. Public transport: 84,181 and private bus from Dart station to Southern Cross Route. Tel 01 2863405/2862777.
National Gardens Exhibition Centre, Kilquade. Situated near the N 11 route about 2 miles south of the Glen 0' the Downs. The centre features 18 gardens laid out by some of the best designers and contractors and aims to create the maximum amount of diversity and contrast between gardens large and small. Pagoda tea rooms serving light lunches and snacks. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am - 6 pm. Sunday' 1 - 6 pm. Public transport: Bus Eireann (133) / Dublin Bus (184) to Kilpedder Inn 10.8 miles). Tel 01 281 9890.
GLENROE (Kilcoole Village near Greystones) and GLENROE OPEN FARM. Visit the Molly Malone - the most televised pub in Ireland with its interior matching that of the programme set. Visit Miley's Farm shop and Teasy's take-away (open from 5 pm). The actual farm where Ireland's famous TV soap opera 'Glenroe', is filmed is now open daily to visitors. Attractions include Dinny's cottage, farm animals, exhibition area and a souvenir/home produce shop. Open April/September Monday-Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holiday 10 am - 6 pm. March and October: Weekends only. Closed: November-February. Public transport: Dublin Bus (84). Also closed while filming. Tel 01 2872288.
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford Village (on N11 route). Open daily March 15th to October 31st from 10.30 am - 6 pm. These lovely gardens are laid out along the banks of the Vartry River. They measure 20 acres and contain approx. 5,000 different species of plants and trees. including many Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, Eucryphia and Azaleas. Water forms an essential part of the scenery with cascades and suspension bridges. Mount Usher is a wild Robinsonian garden dating from approx. 1860. There is a spacious tearoom as well as a shopping courtyard with many craft and other selective shops. Public transport: Bus Eireann (133,002). Tel 0404 40116/40205.
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