Attractions in Carlow

Black Stairs Ecotrails

A two hour amble through the lovely lanes, lowlands, bogs and streams of the Blackstairs and the River Barrow, Co. Carlow, Ireland, with expert guides. Depending on the weather, the tours will be in the foothills of the Blackstairs – low hills or no hills – or along the River Barrow in the Townslands of Rathanna, Tomduff, Liselican or Raheen and down the Barrow to Clashganny and Ballytighlea. We will look at the natural topography of the landscape, the local archaeology – Carlow has some fine dolmens, standing stones and cairns. We will stop to look at lichens and mosses, grasses and ferns, birds and mammals.

The House of Waterford Crystal is only one hour and 10 mins drive from Black Stairs Ecotrails in Carlow.

Huntington Castle & Gardens

Huntington Castle was built in 1625 as a garrison on the strategically important Wexford to Dublin route. After 50 years the soldiers moved out and the family began to convert it into a family home. Many generations of the family subsequently added various extensions and details giving the effect of a truly unique and interesting building. The guided tour takes approximately half an hour and brings the history and stories of the castle and its occupants to life. It takes in the living quarters and formal rooms of the castles, as well as the Temple of the Isis in the basement.

The House of Waterford Crystal is approximately one hour and 20 mins drive from Huntington Castle & Gardens.

Lisnavagh House & Gardens

Lisnavagh House and Gardens, Rathvilly offers the ultimate mix of homeliness and grandeur, making it a most appealing destination for those seeking somewhere unique. With several acres of beautiful gardens in private and exclusive surroundings, Lisnavagh opens itself up to a wide range of events. Situated on the Carlow/Wicklow border about an hour or so from Dublin, there are striking panoramic views of the Wicklow Hills, Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster beyond the estate’s 600 acres of woods and farmland.

The House of Waterford Crystal is approximately one hour and 20 mins drive from Lisnavagh House & Gardens.

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

Offering a workshop experience (must be prebooked), a walk-in chocolate making session (available 7 days without booking), The Chocolate Garden of Ireland aims to bring you the best possible experience during your time with us. Seasonal closure occurs from 24 Dec – 31 Jan incl. Outside that time, expect the usual peaks at busy Easter and Christmas seasons and generally when schools are off!

The House of Waterford Crystal is one hour and 10 mins drive from the Chocolate Garden of Ireland.

Borris House

Set in over six hundred and fifty acres of walled private park and woodlands, Borris House retains its place as the centrepiece of the locality. Originally an important castle guarding the River Barrow, Borris House was rebuilt in 1731 and late altered by the architectural dynastic family, The Morrisons, chiefly Richard and William. Externally, they clothed the 17th c house in a thin Tudor Gothic disguise, adding a crenellated arcaded porch on the entrance and decorating the windows with rectangular and ogival hood-moulds.

The House of Waterford Crystal is only one hour drive from Borris House.

Carlow Brewing Company O’Hara

Experience our passion for the craft. Meet the Carlow Brewing Team and walk through the brewing process with our brewers. The brewery tour will take you on a journey through Ireland’s indigenous craft brewing history, teach you about the brewing process and how we brew O’Hara’s award winning beers. You will of course have the opportunity to taste the special malts, smell the hops that make O’Hara’s craft beers so enjoyable. We finish off our tour with a visit to O’Hara’s tasting room where you will have the chance to sample and compare some of our award winning craft brews.

The House of Waterford Crystal is one hour drive from Carlow Brewing Company.