Wicklow and Kildare are counties rich in historic and cultural attractions, combined with lively towns and picturesque villages that demonstrate Ireland at its absolute best.
There are gardens, golf and the great outdoor attractions, fascinating culture, history and heritage. Kildare Wicklow is the ideal destination for an Irish break. Kildare is renowned as the Thoroughbred County’, with annual racing festivals and regular meets at the Curragh, Naas and Punchestown that offer horse racing at its best. At the Irish National Stud you can learn about Ireland’s horse racing industry on a tour of the stud and pay a visit to the adjacent Horse Museum and Japanese Gardens. The nearby Kildare Retail Outlet Village features unbeatable reductions on designer brand collections. At Newbridge Silverware Visitors Centre there is a factory showroom selling cutlery, jewellery and giftware along with the Museum of Style Icons, a permanent exhibition dedicated to design and style excellence, showcasing artefacts associated with some of the most legendary stars of the silver screen.
Wicklow is known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ and boasts many fine examples of grand houses. One of which Russborough is just a short drive from the Ballymore Inn. Wicklow also offers stunning historical scenery, architecture, waterfalls and the ancient monastic setting of Glendalough.