Monday, May 22, 2023

Avondale's Beyond The Trees. Wicklow's Amazing New Attraction.

 Avondale's Beyond The Trees. Wicklow's Amazing New Attraction

At the top, you get views of the mountains and more. Tired of walking? Take the slide to the bottom!

Journey beyond the trees at Avondale House and Forest Park, as you enjoy a truly immersive and unique experience in the forest.

Begin with a leisurely stroll along the fully accessible 1.4km walkway. Children’s play areas, and interpretive points along the way, will introduce you to a new perspective of the forest. Your journey culminates at the magnificent viewing tower, the first of its kind in Ireland. Take the gentle incline up through the tower to the impressive viewing platform, 38 metres above the forest floor, and enjoy a 360-degree view of Wicklow.

Close-up of pine cones from the tree top walk. Lots of info boards on the trees and the wildlife.

Looking up. It is an easy walk.

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Looking down and, yes, that is the slide!

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Queue starts to form for the slide.

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Viewing tower may be big
but doesn't have a major visual impact

Tree Top Walk

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You can only get to the tower from the walk.
Access via this short well-lit tunnel

Also on this trip to Wicklow:

Avondale's Beyond the Trees. Wicklow's Amazing New Attraction.

Two excellent pit-stops in the southeast for you. Hungry Bear in Gorey and Eamo & Ró at Kilmacthomas.

Places to stay in Wicklow: Woodenbridge and Heatherhouse.

Visiting Wicklow Wolf Brewery.

Wicklow. Two days in the Garden of Ireland May 2023

Seed Café at Avondale

Seed is large, can cater for c.250. On two levels, the main cafe is lower, while a coffee cum pizza is at higher level adjacent to "courtyard' which people cross to access the Tree Top Walk.
Upper level of Seed Café and Store

Staff were plentiful and all helpful. Menu was short but the likes of their Meat Balls, Chicken Curry and Vegan offering all looked tempting. We had a scone, a pastry and a cuppa inside on the lower level. This looks like a blue cube on the outside but from. the inside, your view is clear. Lots of tables outside the glass and a play area as well, all in the old walled garden.
No shortage of room upstairs at Seed

On the higher level, aside from a shop, they also have "rustic" outdoor tables, some a bit further away that are for picnic use with your own food. 
With Coillte being involved, timber is very much in use as structure and decor.
Looking out to the front

Seed at lower level.

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Choice of walk (at ground level!) in the Avondale woods
Over the years there has been a selection of walks in the extensive Avondale woods and that still continues. With over 500 acres of mature woodland with trees from all over the world available to explore and enjoy we, after our high jinks earlier, selected the Cairn Walk, one of the shorter ones at 3km. A very enjoyable ramble in the dappled sunshine.

Avondale House, former home of CS Parnell. Guided tours available.

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