Best Places for Backpackers in Wicklow, Ireland.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Wicklow, Ireland.

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Top 5 hostels in Wicklow, Ireland.

These are the 5 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Wicklow, Ireland.

Lus Mor

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Lus Mor

Lus Mor is hosted by a local to the area so helpful and knowledgeable advice about the area is always available. Ideally situated along the Wicklow way walking track half way between Glendalough hostel and Knockree hostel. Lus Mor is very inviting and focuses mainly on guests feeling settled an...
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Knockree Hostel (Hostelling International)

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Knockree Hostel (Hostelling International)

Knockree YH is An Oige's newest Hostel building. It re-opened in April 2008 after a total rebuild. Situated in the spectacular Glencree Valley, along the Wicklow Way route, it boasts spectacular views and a walk along the river. Knockree hostel is located in a fabulous rural setting 7.5km from En...
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Glendalough Youth Hostel (Hostelling International

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Glendalough Youth Hostel (Hostelling International

Our 5 star Glendalough International country Youth Hostel is set in a deeply wooded glacial valley in Glendalough National Park. Private, family & dorms rooms are all available, all of which are en-suite. Self catering kitchen, free parking, conference rooms and internet access are all but a few o...
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Glenmalure Hostel (Hostelling International)

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Glenmalure Hostel (Hostelling International)

Glenmalure Hostel in Wicklow is a simple Mountain Hut - with no running water or electricity - perfect for nature lovers who want to get away from it all. Glenmalure is a valley in the Wicklow Mountains in eastern Ireland. It is a u-shaped glacial valley, with only one road leading in or out. It is...
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The elbowroom escape

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The elbowroom escape

The elbowroom escape is a treasure nestled in the Wicklow landscape. Feel the release of tension as you arrive at this location to find your very own slice of heaven. Comfort and style are extremely important to us and this is reflected in the accommodation provided here at The Elbowroom Escape....
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Wicklow, Ireland.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Wicklow, Ireland.

If you're already planning to visit Wicklow, Ireland - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Where to eat:

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated entertainment, then go to the Project Arts Centre to see one of the modern performances. If you are lucky (like I was), maybe you’ll see an Irishman Andrew Scott’s (yes, THE Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock) live performance. You can choose to take a stroll around the exhibitions in the Gallery of Photography or Photographic Archive (free of charge), or go to see the independent movie in an Irish Film Institute. From the Temple Bar take a walk to the Dublin Castle that offers another hidden and free gem: Chester Betty Library. Dublin Castle looks like made of Lego bricks. Yellow, blue, green, it’s been destroyed and rebuilt many times during the centuries, without any consideration for the beauty standards. Behind the castle, you can lie on a huge lawn or hide in a nook that contains sculptures, memorials and small waterfall. After the rest, go to the library, to browse through ages and continents, watching Japanese manuscripts, French engravings, original works of Albrecht Durer and decorated versions of Quran. If you love fine arts, you will have to spare about three to four hours to sink in the atmosphere and beauty of this place. Summary: To see and do: Joycean Sweny’s Pharmacy, 1 Lincoln Place. Ulysses readings every Thursday at 7 pm, Dubliners every day at 1 pm. Dress up for Bloomsday in Dublin on July 16th See the Irish and international art in the National Gallery See (and don’t grope) the Molly Mallone statue Learn about the Irish post in the An Post Museum in General Post Office on O’Connel Street See the Japanese manuscripts and all sorts of art in the Chester Beatty Library Lose yourself in Temple Bar, be it drinking for the entire day or taking part in cultural events Where to eat: Kennedy’s Pub, 31-32 Westland Row, Irish food Camille Thai, 43 Pearse Street, meat, seafood, vegetarian options Staple Foods, Paleo, meat/vegan options Cornucopia, 19-20 Wicklow Street, 90% vegan Ukiyo, 9 Exchequer Street, Japanese The Counter, 20 Suffolk Street meat, paleo Umi Falafel, 13 Dame Street, vegetarian, vegan For tea or coffee: Kaph, 31 Drury Street Clement and Pekoe, 50 South William Street Oolong Flower Power, 4 Stephen’s Street Lower Tea Gardens, 7 Ormond Quay Where to rest: St Stephens Green Park Merrion Square Park Dear Reader, I think I got you enough ideas to fill not one day, but an entire week, and there is so much more to see. The seashore, mountains on the north and the south, hills and valleys, trekking and hiking trails. Whatever your thing is, Dublin is a place for you and has many surprises, so don’t hesitate and book your flight. Try to do some Couchsurfing, so you will get a guide who will show you hidden gems, take a walk and lose yourself in the vibrant and colourful atmosphere of this busy capital.

Adriana Jama-Lipa

Bray to Greystones

I like to start in Bray and walk to Greystones so that I can have a delicious post-walk meal at The Happy Pear, a vegetarian restaurant run by two brothers who also write cookbooks full of delicious recipes. Similar to Howth Head, this walk is not too long or challenging but I do recommend bringing walking shoes and water, as well as a warm jacket or raincoat as is it along the sea and frequently experiences rainy and windy weather. The path stretches for 7 km and can take you anywhere from 2-4 hours. For more detailed information, check out Wicklow County’s website here.

Jess Tang

Temple Bar Pub – Traditional Irish Music

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. I want to say that I recommend visiting Ireland, Dublin and don’t only stay in Dublin, go outside of Dublin, visit Wicklow mountains or even go Galway or Cork. Plan your holiday and go ahead enjoy it to the fullest. Don’t forget to bring your passport on the way to the airport.


Ireland: pure green nature

But getting to the point, it wouldn’t be such a lifely and green island if it wasn’t for the rain. And you can enjoy it at the very first step outside of the city. A good example is Wicklow mountains, and possibly the most well known is Glendalough valley, in which you can enjoy one of the nine trekking paths to get in touch with the nature.

Pedro Ireland

Ireland: Glendalough & The Wicklow Mountains

If you are planning a trip to Dublin, Ireland, it would be worth your while to look into touring Glendalough & The Wicklow Mountains.

Jennifer Latchford

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