Things to see and do in Wicklow

Powerscourt, Co Wicklow

Round Ireland Yacht Race, June 29th – July 1st

The Round Ireland is Ireland’s premier offshore yacht race, and the second longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar. The first race took place in 1980 with only sixteen boats. Since then, held biennially, the fleet has grown steadily, attracting a record 64 entrants from all over the world. In the past, boats competing have ranged from a 98-footer former “round the world” maxi, to club boats one third the size, with all shades in between. The warm greeting and round the clock bar service when returning to Wicklow bring competitors back to the race year after year. 2018 marks the 40th year anniversary of the race, renowned for being one of the most gruelling offshore races in the global calendar.

National Aquarium Sealife Centre

The National SEA LIFE Centre is one of Ireland’s largest Marine and Freshwater Zoos and the only aquarium on the East Coast of Ireland. SEA LIFE centre is completely indoors making it a perfect all weather activity. From sharks to seahorses, all creatures of the deep are on show at the aquarium, and you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.With 30 displays, a kids quiz trail, a colouring table, an indoor play area for younger children, and hourly public feeds of ours animals, you won’t get bored.

Bray Air Display, July 28th – July 29th

Enjoy Ireland’s Biggest Air Festival on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th. Visitors will be treated to gravity-defying manoeuvres, flyovers and aerobatic performances that will leave you speechless. We promise you it’s going to be an incredible show! While you wait for the activities to start in the skies over Bray there’s some great events/activities on the ground from 12 noon. They include a static display, food, craft & business village, helicopter pleasure flights, a fun fair and live music. Why not take a stroll along the magnificent Victorian prom, checking out the spectacular views from Bray Head or the Cliff Walk & visit Bray’s vibrant town centre The event is free.

Powerscourt Estate

Powerscourt is one of the world’s great gardens and is located 20km south of Dublin City Centre. Set against the backdrop of the great Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is stunning in every season. From the ornate Italian Gardens, to the formal walks of the Rose and Kitchen Gardens, there are many hidden treasures to explore. With over 200 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers this 47 acres has something for everyone. The Gardens were laid out over a period of 150 years and were designed to create a garden that was part of the wider landscape, creating one of the most majestic vistas in Ireland. Fine statuary and ironworks collected from across Europe adorn these magnificent Gardens. The Palladian Mansion was destroyed by fire in 1974 and re-opened in 1996, but not to its original glory. It is now home to a range of craft and interior shops featuring Irish Design. The Terrace cafe offers Irish artisan home cooked cuisine.

Powerscourt Waterfall, Co Wicklow