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Best things to do in County Carlow

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“The only garden in the country which is FREE. It was donated to the Office of Public Works by Corona North who planted it and designed it on her own. Her husband had to use a hunting horn to call her in from the garden!”
12 locals recommend
Garden
“If you have time to visit only one garden on visit then make sure that you visit this one at Woodstock and the beautiful village of Inistioge (location of Pat O'Connors film 'Circle of Friends'). ”
19 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Wine and Tapas bar in Carlow. Well worth a visit. Roughly 30 minutes drive from the cottage.”
8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Fabulous Place to visit for all those who love to sight see and plenty of nature trails ”
11 locals recommend
Castle
“Discover the history of Enniscorthy and view the iconic designs of Eileen Grey. The castle hosts special events so check out their website. ”
6 locals recommend
Establishment
“High standard visual arts space. Well curated, featuring Irish artists and a huge variety of mediums, from sculpture to stories told through different media to drawing, painting, photography, sound, filmography, etc! Installations usually run for about 3 months and take a couple of weeks to change over, so check before you go. Entry is FREE. In the same complex is the George Bernard Shaw Theatre. Enjoy plays, comedy, dance, arthouse films, dance and more. Booking ahead is a good idea but not usually essential. www.visualcarlow.ie”
2 locals recommend
Pub
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“Great pub & Restaurant Thursday night local play Irish music, Live music other nights ”
2 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Dinn Ri Is ideal for Food,Music and If you fancy a drink.Great atmosphere and they also show The rugby,Football and Gaa games. Lemongrass restaurant is nearby and Teach Dolmain serve lovely Fish and Desserts. Costa coffee is in the Town for coffee Lovers. Carlow museum is very Interesting for anyone that likes their History. Here you will find The smoking pipe of captain Myles Keogh who was killed in The Battle of Little Big Horn in 1896 and The original Gallows Trapdoor that was used to Hang Lucinda sly.She was the last woman to be Hanged in Carlow in the 19th Century. ”
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Best New Comer of the year 2007” Georgina Campbell’s Guide “Bib Gourmand” Michelin Guide 2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017 “Best Atmospheric Restaurant of the year 2010” Georgina Campbell’s Guide “Best Chef of the year 2011” Georgina Campbell’s Guide ”
9 locals recommend
Hotel
“Very good/fairly priced bar menu. Also a swanky restaurant of you fancy more up market fare.”
5 locals recommend
Establishment
“ The stunning gallery space in Visual is located in the grounds of Carlow College in Carlow Town. Visual also hosts the local cinema club as well as live theatre, music and performances in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre. Lennon's Restaurant is located in Visual and is open for lunch and evening meals. It also supplies a Sunday brunch. ”
2 locals recommend
Pet Store
“Award winning business between Carlow and Kilkenny. Gardens are a big deal in Ireland and you can buy everything from plants and trees to fashionable garden-wear and cute gifts. Lovely cafe too. ”
5 locals recommend
Lodging
4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good menu, locally sourced food, and always with a worthwhile vegetarian option.”
1 local recommends
Cafe
“This is a fantastic place to go, definitely worth a trip down to the castle, just a five minute drive from here. The family still live in the castle and guided tours are available. There is also a little gift shop and tearooms. So you can relax out in the courtyard with the hens, the peacocks and the dogs. You can also have a stroll around the gardens and meet the rest of the animals. You'll really enjoy your visit. ”
4 locals recommend
Establishment
4 locals recommend