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Wicklow Summer Guide at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village

There’s no shortage of ways to pass the time during your BrookLodge & Macreddin Village stay, so we’ve put together the perfect activity guide for your summer escape in Wicklow. Think leisurely morning lie-ins, refreshing woodland strolls and discovering the hidden gems of Ireland’s Ancient East, before retreating to luxury, with an overnight stay and indulgent dining at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village.

Attractions to explore…

Avondale Forest Park 

Just a short drive away, Avondale Forest Park offers a rich blend of history and natural beauty. Explore the birthplace of Irish forestry and statesman Charles Stewart Parnell at the Parnell Museum. Delight in the newest attraction, Beyond the Trees, featuring a breathtaking Treetop Walk and a 12-storey Viewing Tower, perfect for all ages. BrookLodge & Macreddin Village recommends this enchanting destination for nature lovers and families alike.

Greenan Maze 

Only an 8-minute drive from us, there’s lots to explore at Greenan Maze. Navigate through mazes, delve into museums of farming life, and meet the adorable farm animals. Wander scenic nature trails, solve clues on a nature treasure hunt, or follow the fairy tree trail with the little ones. Relax at the crafts and coffee shop or picnic in lush surroundings. With 25 acres dedicated to wildlife and biodiversity, Greenan Maze offers a truly enriching experience. Recognised by The Irish Times as a “Heritage Hotspot,” immerse yourself in nature, animals, and outdoor adventures. Enjoy discounted admission when you show your BrookLodge & Macreddin Village keycard.

Wicklow Gaol

Step back in time at Wicklow Gaol, one of Ireland’s premier attractions, offering an immersive journey through its storied past. Led by passionate actor guides, delve into tales of rebellion, famine and independence. Experience the eerie atmosphere on paranormal tours or delve deeper with virtual reality experiences. As a guest of BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on bookings, ensuring an unforgettable adventure into Ireland’s haunted history.

Brittas Bay

Brittas Bay is the perfect place to relax and unwind. With its wide open spaces and stunning views, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular beaches in Ireland. Whether you’re looking to take a stroll along the shore, build sandcastles with the Kids or just soak up the sun, its 100 hectares of dunes make it the perfect place to do so. The dunes are also home to many interesting wildlife species and plants, including a number of rare species.

Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford

Experience the enchanting beauty of Mount Usher Gardens, a haven of tranquillity dating back to the 1860s. Wander through 20 acres of lush landscapes adorned with over 5,000 plant species. Marvel at cascading water features and picturesque bridges. Indulge in delightful treats at the tearoom and explore unique shops. Whether it’s a leisurely riverside stroll or garden exploration, Mount Usher offers a serene escape to reconnect with nature.

Activities here and nearby…

The Wells Spa 

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Step into a world of serenity at The Wells Spa, an adults-only oasis that embraces the pure beauty of nature. If the weather invites you outside, soak in the hot tubs or simply relax on a lounger, nestled in a thick, luxurious robe. Our spa’s intimate and exclusive atmosphere ensures a peaceful experience, with limited guest numbers at all times, so you can truly unwind and recharge.

Walking, Hiking, Cycling 

Explore the stunning landscapes surrounding BrookLodge & Macreddin Village with invigorating walks, hikes and cycling adventures. For those seeking a leisurely stroll or a brisk hike, our knowledgeable staff are here to recommend the perfect routes tailored to your preferences and energy levels. Explore winding pathways that lead to hidden gems and panoramic viewpoints, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds our sanctuary. For cycling enthusiasts, simply request bikes and helmets from our front desk for an unforgettable ride through rolling hills and picturesque vistas.


Escape to BrookLodge & Macreddin Village for the ultimate golfing retreat amidst the serene beauty of County Wicklow. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Macreddin Golf Course, hailed by Golf World Magazine as “Outstanding and Truly Spectacular,” a masterpiece crafted by European Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley. Spread across 160 acres of the picturesque Macreddin Valley, McGinley ingeniously integrated the natural elements of the landscape into his design, creating a course that seamlessly blends with its surroundings. For avid golfers, the delights extend beyond Macreddin, with the renowned Woodenbridge Golf Club, Arklow, and Glenmalure courses nearby.

Whether you choose to pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment, tee off on the immaculate greens of Macreddin Golf Course, or simply soak in the beauty of nature on a leisurely stroll, your summer escape at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village promises to be an unforgettable experience, leaving you with cherished memories to last a lifetime!

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