How to get to Wicklow Town from Wicklow Train Station…
Have you just arrived at Wicklow Train Station? Looking for the shops or to explore the town? There are lots of different ways to get to Wicklow Town on foot – via the river, along the seafront, by historic sights or on the main road.
All take about the same amount of time – the choice is yours!
On leaving Wicklow Train Station, take the first left, signposted ‘River Walk and Nature Trail’. Follow the path along the riverbank, crossing the pedestrian bridge that runs alongside the train tracks. At the end of the bridge, turn right and follow the pathway to the next pedestrian bridge. Watch out for jumping fish, heron, otters, ducks and swans. Cross the bridge, turn left and at the t-junction you will face The Bridge Tavern (home of Captain Halpin). Turn right and you will get your bearings at The Halpin Memorial or ask for information at the Tourist Office opposite.
If you have children with you this is a great way to keep them entertained as you head towards Wicklow Town. There’s a pirate playground, a skate-park, a pump pit and outdoor gym machines. On leaving Wicklow Train Station, take the first left, signposted ‘River Walk and Nature Trail’. Follow the path along the riverbank, crossing the pedestrian bridge that runs alongside the train tracks. At the end of the bridge, go straight ahead under the main bridge. When you reach the gate, turn right and cross over to the sea-side. (You can go by road, but it’s nicer by the water!). Walk along the seafront until you reach The Leitrim Lounge. Turn right and cross the road. You can access the town via the pedestrian bridge or continue along to the main bridge. Walk alongside Kilmantin Arts and you will be fairly central when you have The Halpin Memorial in your sights.
Walking down from the train station, take the second left into Church Gate. Walk up the hill and into Brickfield Lane where you will walk by some of the oldest houses in Victorian Wicklow Town. At the post box, turn left and go down the hill passing The Church of Ireland and the graveyard where Captain Robert Halpin is buried. Continue straight through the crossroads until you see The Halpin Memorial. If you are looking for more information on Wicklow Town, the tourist office is on the right.
Alternatively, walk directly down from the train station to the traffic lights where you turn left. Continue walking past Wicklow Tennis Club and through the traffic lights to the shops on Abbey Street.
Shopping in Wicklow Town
If walking is your thing, stop by The Sports Room for a pair of Merrell walking shoes. You’ll also find rain gear if you get caught in a rain shower. There’s a wide selection of running shoes and running apparel to choose from too. Maybe you’re on your bike? The Sports Room stocks Gore Bike Wear for men and women.
Looking for books about Wicklow Town or something to read while you are here or for the journey back on the train? Visit Bridge Street Books (winner of the Irish Times Bookshop of the Year 2014).
Stop off for a coffee in one of the many coffee shops in the town. Choose from The Coffee Shop, Earl’s Café, Halpin’s Bridge Café, Hannah’s, Michaela’s, Beier Coffee Shop or the coffee shop at Wicklow Gaol. Or stay for dinner in one of our award winning restaurants – The Mystic Celt, The Oriental Castle, Penang Garden or Donelli’s. Quench your thirst in one of our pubs, where you can also get a meal. Try Phil Healy’s, The Bridge Tavern, Fitzpatrick’s Bar,The Mariner, Ta Se’s or The Old Forge.
Looking for a souvenir to bring home? Check out Jenny Kelly Pottery for some unique pottery made in Wicklow Town. Enjoy your visit and come back again soon!