With its dramatic valleys, mesmerising ruins and mount marvels it’s no wonder that that Wicklow is named the Garden of Ireland. Wicklow welcomes thousands of tourists every year, churches, the graveyard and round tower nestled in the land of mystic are crowned by an amazing natural backdrop of glossy lakes and soaring mountains.
Thousands of visitors come to explore Powerscourt Gardens and house’s manicured beauty as well as the highest waterfall in Ireland, enveloped in birdsong and sprawling wildlife. Stunning views are offered by the Wicklow Mountains and Blessington Lakes, while guided tours pass the lavish estates including the likes of Mick Jagger and Coco Chanel.
Wicklow or Cill Mhantain in Irish means Church of the Toothless One, the county is located on Dublin’s south and had a 10,584 population at the time of the census in 2016. The town is located on route N11, between Wexford and Dublin, it is linked to the rail network and its commuter services extends to Dublin, while additional services connect it to Rosslare Europort, Wexford, Arklow and the main ferry port.
The town of Wicklow forms a kind of semi-circle around the harbour of Wicklow and to its north lies the popular grassy walking area called the Murrough, which is a commercial area that continues to grow due to the road that bypasses the town. To its south-west is the Ballyguile Hill, where most of the housing developments occurred in the period 1970 to 1980. The rocky headlands are the most dominant feature and include the Wicklow Head and Bride’s Head, which represents the most eastern mainland point in Ireland. It is possible to view the Snowdonia mount range on a very clear day, situated in Wales.
As with most of north-western Europe, a maritime climate is experienced by Wicklow, summers are cool and winters mild and there is a lack of extremes in the temperature. January sees a maximum on average of 9.2 C or 48.6 F, while the temperature increased to 21.2 C or 70.2 F in August. The rainfall is generally spread out across the year, apart from October being the wettest month of the year and up to 118.9 mm can be expected, April is the driest of all the month and rainfall of just 60.7 is average.
Significant changes took place since 1995, and with the expansion in the growth of the economy of the Irish, combined with residential development, the town just west of Marlton Road has seen lots of new housing developments. What also contributed to the extension of the Wicklow is the completion of the Rathnew/Ashford bypass in 2004, which linked it to Dublin, situated just 42 km to its north. The developments ensure a steady growth in the Wicklow population while the surrounding townlands, which increased the importance of the commuter town.
Wicklow County Facts and Figures
The population density in Wicklow County is 70.2 per 2km, and 34% of the population is under 25, while over 65s makes up 13% of the population. The average income per household is €73,204 and the average rent on houses per month is €1,003.
The population in Wicklow Count is 142,425, with 32,600 living in Bray, 10,584 in Wicklow Town, 18,140 in Greystones and 13,163 in Arklow.
Wicklow County Tourism
Around 248,000 international visitors generate around €82 million in revenue yearly during their visit to Wicklow County. Wicklow was recently in the news when a lucky punter purchased a lotto ticket in Greystones in Wicklow County and became the owner of a €20,000 luxury holiday voucher and €70,987 richer.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Wicklow County is the Johnnie Fox’s Pub established in 1798, apart from being the most famous pub in Ireland it is also the oldest and known as the highest of all pubs in the country. Highlights at the pub include the truly Irish experience tourists enjoy in the living museum, while the Johnnie Fox pub also has its own bakery offering delicious freshly daily baked delights. The pub features an award-winning menu and is filled with history. At the pub, there is live entertainment all seven nights of the week and one of the most loved shows are the super famous Irish Dance Show called the Johnnie Fox’s Dancing Hooley Show.
Ernie’s Bar is located in Wicklow Town, it is a hugely popular music lounge, party venue and sports bar, where every sporting event can be viewed on screens located in the bar area. The lower area contains a lounge where live music sessions take place, which mostly includes some of the best performers and musicians in Wicklow County. The upstairs function room is not only great for special occasions but also the place where weekly quizzes take place and it is often used for charity events.
Right in the heart of Wicklow Town is the Bridge Tavern that dates back to 1702, this is also where Captain Robert Halpin was born and became even more famed for its courtyard where tourists get to relax while enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Live music is what makes it a very busy place over weekends, and it offers the most comfortable accommodation for the whole family. Homemade food is served in both the lounge area and at the riverside restaurant while the lounge with its wood-burning stoves offers a warm escape after a day out in the countryside.