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East Coast Nature Reserve – Birdwatch Ireland

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Officially opened in 2009, the East Coast Nature Reserve is our largest reserve covering 92ha. It forms part of the extensive Murrough Wetlands, an important coastal wetland complex which is designated as a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation. Originally, the grasslands were intensively farmed, with tree-lined watercourses and a conifer plantation growing within the fen. Now, following management through an EU LIFE project between 2003 and 2007, the reserve offers a variety of habitats, from rare fen to wet grasslands to birch woodland, which can all be explored on foot through marked walking trails and observation hides.

Limited parking is available at the main entrance to the reserve along Sea Road (turn left after the Castle Inn, Newcastle) or the coastal car parks at either Six-mile or Five-mile Point. There are marked walking trails between each entrance that offer good views over the whole area; please keep to these trails for your own safety and to avoid disturbance to the wildlife. Please do not open gates or climb over fences. Grazing animals are present throughout the summer months. Please respect the wildlife and other visitors and refrain from bringing dogs onto the reserve, other than Guide dogs.



Glenroe Farm

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A Great Day out for all the family

The farm offers close and easy access to a wide variety of farm animals and pets and is both educational and fun. The farm uses best practice animal welfare and the care of the animals is under the guidance of Kilcoole Animal Hospital (small animals) and Ballyorney Vets (larger animals).

Included are Farm Animals, Farm Fowl, Pets Corner, Aviary, Playgrounds, Nature Walk, Fairy Garden, Farm House Exhibits, Coffee Shop, Picnic Area & lots more

The farm is nestled between the Sugar Loaf and the sea and has fabulous views and a nature walk which runs through the working farm taking visitors to a magical Fairy Garden in the woods.  The farm is ideally located just off the N11 along the coastline of North Wicklow and south of Bray and Greystones.

Farm Safety Guidelines are available at Reception as well a map of the farm. The farm is laid out in an easy to follow plan and is wheelchair and buggy accessible with baby changing areas and a wheelchair toilet.

COVID 19 UPDATE: We are open for PRE-BOOKED VISITS ONLY at the moment, so be sure to pre-book your visit HERE .  Stay safe!

Call Us Now: (01) 2872288

From Dublin and all points North.

Take the M50/N11 southbound, exiting at Exit 11 (for Greystones/Kilcoole). Follow the signs for Kilcoole and on entering the village of Kilcoole take a left for Glenroe Farm (signposted).

By Public Transport

Dart: Take the Dart to Greystones and take a bus (No. 84a) from outside the dart station to Kilcoole. Get off at the first stop in Kilcoole (Lotts Lane) and follow the signposts for Glenroe Farm (about a 5 minute walk).

Bus: Take the 84a bus from Dublin City and get off at the first stop in Kilcoole (Lotts Lane) and follow the signposts for Glenroe Farm (about a 5 minute walk).

From Wexford and all points South.

Take the N11 northbound for Dublin. Take Exit 11 (for Greystones/Kicoole). Follow the signs for Kilcoole and on entering the village of Kilcoole take a left for Glenroe Farm (signposted).


The National Sea Life Centre

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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. The aquarium on the Seafront in Bray is a perfect family fun day out!

Sea Life centre is completely indoors making it a perfect all-weather activity. Having responsibility for the welfare and well-being of over 1100 underwater animals.  Are you a Shark lover, a Seahorse fancier or a Clownfish groupie? Perhaps it’s the mysterious Moon Jellyfish or the clever common Octopus that you love the most? Maybe you simply can’t decide! Here at SEA LIFE Bray you can make up your mind and see them all – from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.

The team here at SEA LIFE is passionate about promoting and advancing the cause of the creatures of our oceans and rivers and their habitats.  We engage in advocacy for conservation legislation, campaign for sustainable fishery policies, the breeding of endangered species, and cooperation with other like-minded organisations.  In keeping with our message – BREED, RESCUE, PROTECT – we’ve developed a system of care and best-practice animal husbandry that draws on decades of collective experience from our marine biologists.

With 30 displays, a kids quiz trail, a colouring table, an indoor play area for younger children, and hourly public feeds of our animals, you won’t get bored.

SEA LIFE Bray is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day & St Stephens Day)

Winter opening times

  • Monday to Friday 11:00 to 17:00  (last admissions 16:00)
  • Saturday/Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 (last admissions 17:00)

Summer opening times (starting 16th March 2019):

  • Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 (last admissions 17:00)

Please be aware that due to our limited capacity, we strongly advise all guests to book online tickets in advance of their visit, particularly when planning to visit during weekends or school holidays.

Guests with pre-booked tickets are guaranteed entry and will be given priority over guests who arrive with no tickets, who may have to wait to be admitted due to our limited capacity.

The National SEA LIFE Centre, Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tickets: 01 2866939 or buy online here.

General Office: 01 2866939

School Bookings: 01 286693


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Often described as a wonderful place to escape for a great day out, Killruddery has been home to the Brabazon Family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618. Conveniently located on the outskirts of the capital where Dublin meets Wicklow, here’s your opportunity to discover a hidden gem in our midst. There’s so much to see and explore. Nature has never been more relaxing with leisurely walks in one of Ireland’s most renowned gardens, filled with beautiful planting and wooded areas, water features and distinctive outdoor “rooms”. A delightful Tea Room and guided tours of one of Ireland’s Great Historic Houses are just some of the other treats on offer.

Killruddery Garden is open on weekends in April and October and 7 days a week from May to September, from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is an hour before closing time.

Opening Times

  • April – Weekends only, 9.30am – 6pm
  • May to September – Daily 9.30am – 6pm
  • October – Weekends only, 9.30am – 6pm
  • Farm Market, every Saturday, 10am – 3pm

Killruddery, Southern Cross, Bray, Co. Wicklow,

Telephone +353 (0)1 2863405


Powerscourt Gardens

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Welcome to Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland! Powerscourt Gardens were recently voted No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. Managed by Head Gardener, Alex Slazenger and a team of four gardeners, Powerscourt Gardens were designed from 1731 onwards, with the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider surrounding landscape. Powerscourt Gardens include The Walled Gardens, The Italian Garden, The Dolphin Pond, The Japanese Gardens, Pets Cemetery and Pepperpot Tower, among other features and attractions.

Attractions at Powerscourt

  • Powerscourt Gardens – 47 acres of discovery
  • Powerscourt Waterfall – The Highest Waterfall in Ireland
  • Powerscourt Golf Club – 2 Championship Courses
  • Powerscourt House – Venue for Weddings & Corporate Events
  • Powerscourt Hotel – A 5* Luxury Experience
  • Cool Planet Experience – Ireland’s first interactive climate change experience
  • Powerscourt Distillery – A variety of tours, whiskey tastings and events are catered for
  • Dining at Powerscourt – The Terrace Café, Powerscourt Golf Club Restaurant, The Powerscourt Hotel
  • Shopping at Powerscourt – Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Avoca Stores, Neptune by Global Village, The Design Gallery & Estate souvenirs

Opening Times

  • Daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Last entry 5pm)
  • Gardens close at dusk in Winter (Last entry during winter is 30 minutes before dusk)
  • The Gardens are open year-round and only close December 25th & 26th

Phone: + 353 (0) 1 204 6000


Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow,  A98 WOD0

Mount Usher Gardens

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Mount Usher Gardens: where the planting is enchanting! One of only 3 Irish gardens with a top rating from the UK’s The Good Gardens Guide, Mount Usher is not simply one of Ireland’s greatest gardens, with its relaxed informality and natural layout. Monty Don has described it as one of his favourite gardens anywhere

Delightful in every aspect, Mount Usher is one of the finest examples of an authentic ‘Robinsonian’ style garden combining a distinguished collection of trees and shrubs with informal floral planting schemes in a sheltered valley setting. There is an ever-changing panoply of colours, and textures enhanced by wafting scents as one season changes to another. We provide you with a detailed tree trail guide to help you locate the many ‘show-stoppers’ as you wander around.

Mount Usher Gardens, with its Avoca Garden Café and Courtyard Shops is situated in the village of Ashford, just 35 minutes south of Dublin city, and close to the seaside towns of Bray, Wicklow and Arklow. To get to Ashford by public transport, the 133 bus regularly passes through the village on its way to/from Dublin airport to the north (via the city centre) and Rosslare harbour to the south. There is a wide variety of accommodation in the area where you will be made very welcome and comfortable.   The popularity of the gardens, café and shops during the summer season means that the car park can become very full in the middle of the day: but there is additional parking in the village a short walking distance away.

Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford, Co Wicklow

Phone: +353 404 49672 | Cafe: +353 404 40116 | Foodhall: +353 0404 49678

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