Towns of Wicklow
Wicklow Town —County Wicklow
The county town is on the edge of a crescent curved coastline. The town is famed for its harbour that caters for the sailing /yacht club and the fishing trawlers. The bi-annual Round Ireland Yacht Race starts in Wicklow Town each year. The pebble beach, stretching for 12 miles north of the town, offers undisturbed walking, beach combing, bird watching and swimming. The Black Castle and narrow streets of the town echo its ancient Viking and Anglo Norman past. The castles' ruins stands on a rock promontory at the southern side of the town. The historic Wicklow Gaol, built in 1701, gives you a unique insight into the conditions in which prisoners were incarcerated in those times. Actors during the summer months play the part of the prison guards, while you can stroll through the various cells hearing the 'prisoners' story give you their story. The Gaol is definitely worth a visit. The Protestant Church dates from the 18th Century. It occupies the site of an earlier site from medieval times of which the only remaining part is the 12th century Romanesque door. Just outside the town are the Blainroe and Wicklow Golf Clubs and there is a number of horse riding facilities in the area.