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Wicklow Mountains National Park

Visiting the Park

The landscape of the Park is a product of the interaction between man and nature over thousands of years, but you can still get a feeling of wilderness on Dublin's doorstep. The popular area of Glendalough is only one small part of the wider Park that extends over 17,000 hectares of the Wicklows Mountains.

The Park welcomes visitors all year round. An open access policy applies on Park lands allowing visitors to explore freely on foot. Temporary restrictions may however apply in certain areas or for certain activities.

Special Events..» Our events programme comprises walks, lectures and more that are free and open to all.

Education Centre..» The Centre offers free programmes in field studies and nature awareness to schools and other interested groups.

Getting Here..» Finding your way to the Park is easy for those with their own transport. Public transport options are more limited.

Glendalough..» The valley of Glendalough is the most visited area in the Park. It is a scenic and historic valley and one of the popular tourist destinations in Ireland.

Climate..» The type of weather to expect during your visit

Recreation..» The different types of recreation possible in the Park and the regulations that apply

Code of Conduct..» By following an ethical code of conduct you will be able to enjoy your visit while ensuring that the mountains and wildlife are conserved for future generations to enjoy.

Mountain Safety..» Appropriate safety precautions are essential for all those thinking about venturing onto the open mountains

Maps..» The maps and guidebooks commonly used for exploring the Wicklow Mountains

Accommodation Options..» The different types of accommodation available to you in and around the Park

Midges..» Midges are tiny biting flies that can be an annoying pest during the summer on calm, cloudy, moist days.

Lawns Upper Lake
Lawns, Upper Lake..»

Special Events

Why not time your visit to take advantage of one of our free special events.

Cover of National Park Leaflet
Introductory leaflet to the Park. Available at the Upper Lake Information Office.
Price €0.50