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Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall

 Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains near the village of Enniskerry is perhaps the most beautiful garden in all of County Wicklow, at the Estate of Powerscourt. The breathtaking mountain setting combines with a formal landscape to create a garden experience widely recognized as one of the finest in all of Europe. The design is inspired by Italian and Greek tradition, and incorporates unique antique sculpture, fountains, and ironwork -- all amidst the beauty of the horticultural wonders growing there.

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Seabank Beach

The historical fishing village of Arklow contains a number of interesting heritage sites, but beach lovers will be eager to head on to nearby Seabank Beach. Unique and peaceful, and nicknamed “The Virgin Beach” because it is so pristine, Seabank Beach contains one of the few remaining intact dune systems on Ireland’s east coast. You can reach Seabank Beach on foot from Arklow; yet when you arrive you’ll feel as though you’ve just landed in some distant, undiscovered paradise.

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Brittas Bay

Day tourists from Dublin enjoy visiting the coastline at Brittas Bay, 40 minutes drive south from the city, just four kilometres off the N11 motorway. The Bay meanders through coves, rocky areas and caves, interspersed with stretches of bright, soft and sandy beach perfect for swimming and walking. Be sure to visit Silver Strand, a popular and swimming area at the foot of a sloping hillside.

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Bray

This historic Victorian-era seaside resort features a long, golden beach and a promenade, complete with old-fashioned family amusements. You can hike or ride mountain bikes on the trails leading from the beach to Bray Head, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Dublin Bay and surrounding environs from the summit of the cliff, 791 feet into the sky.

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Great Sugar Loaf

Known simply as the Sugar Loaf, this mountain is located in east County Wicklow, south of Bray, and just a 20 minute drive from Dublin. Offering superb views over the Dublin and Wicklow coastlines, the mountain is a mere 501 metres / 1,644 ft high. It is called the Great Sugar Loaf to distinguish it from the Little Sugar Loaf mountain to the east --- on the other side of the N11 dual carriageway road, which runs from Dublin to Wicklow. The hill is located near the pretty villages of Kilmacanogue and Enniskerry. From the other side, the hiker can see the beautiful Powerscourt Estates and Waterfalls. On a clear day, hikers even claim they can see as far away as Snowdonia mountain, which lies across the Irish sea, in Wales!

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Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall

 Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains near the village of Enniskerry is perhaps the most beautiful garden in all of County Wicklow, at the Estate of Powerscourt. The breathtaking mountain setting combines with a formal landscape to create a garden experience widely recognized as one of the finest in all of Europe. The design is inspired by Italian and Greek tradition, and incorporates unique antique sculpture, fountains, and ironwork -- all amidst the beauty of the horticultural wonders growing there. You'll see ancient native trees as well as various ornamental varieties, brilliant beds of assorted summer flowers, elegant Japanese gardens, a grove of monkey puzzle trees, and even a pet cemetery.

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Little Sugar Loaf

The Little Sugar Loaf Mountain, also called Giltspur Mountain is a hill in County Wicklow. It is situated east/northeast of the Great Sugar Loaf, from which it is separated by the N11 dual carriageway road. It is distinguished by its rocky double summit, which stands in stark contrast to the other hilltops in the region. The northern side of the hill overlooks the coastal town of Bray. The eastern side looks across the R761 road between Bray and Greystones to the western slope of Bray Head.

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Bray

This historic Victorian-era seaside resort features a long, golden beach and a promenade, complete with old-fashioned family amusements. You can hike or ride mountain bikes on the trails leading from the beach to Bray Head, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Dublin Bay and surrounding environs from the summit of the cliff, 791 feet into the sky.

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Clara Lara Fun Park

Clara Lara Fun Park is a 50-acre child and family-centred attraction located in County Wicklow, five miles from Glendalough. Featuring many water-based activities, the park provides a refreshing break for the energetic little ones, and can be reached in just over an hours driving from Dublin city. Clara Lara is a fun outdoor adventure park that includes popular attractions for children such as:amphicats, an aqua shuttle, rowing boats, junior go-carts (designed especially for the little ones), and mini golf and radio controlled boats, which can be used for small additional fees above the overall ticket price. Basic admission allows the children to enjoy the smaller water slide, kiddie carts, tree houses, and assault courses.

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Glendalough

The ancient beauty spot of Glendalough is a popular retreat for Ireland's city dwellers. As soon as you get there, it’s easy to see why. In the heart of county Wicklow, and only about 45km from the stressful capital city, lies this magical green valley. Glendalough's tranquillity derives from two shimmering glacial lakes nestled between lush, sloping mountains and fairytale waterfalls. Indeed, the name derives from the Irish (Gaelic) Gleann Dá Locha, meaning valley of the two lakes. The transcendent, fertile beauty of the landscape here makes it easy to understand why Wicklow is often referred to as the Garden of Ireland.

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