Wicklow – Avondale House And Forest Park

Avondale House And Forest Park

Avondale House, the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846- 1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. The ruins of Parnell’s old sawmill and Parnell’s well are located on the site. Avondale Forest Park has much to offer the visitor whether their interest is in our national history, the development of forestry as it is set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres with tree trails and walks ranging in duration from one to five hours.

This beautiful Georgian House designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777 contains fine plasterwork and many original pieces of furniture. The American Room is dedicated to Admiral Charles Stewart – Parnell’s American grandfather who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war. Visitors are introduced to this wonderful historical house by a specially commissioned audio visual presentation

Avondale offers endless variety to the walkers with its scenery ranging from the magnificent openness of the Great Ride to the towering impressiveness of the massed conifers on the banks of the Avonmore.

The park has six way-marked walks and trails:

  • River Walk
  • Cairn Walk
  • Exotic Tree Trail
  • Pine Tree Trail
  • Centenary Trail
  • Slí na Slainte (Path to Health)
  • The Railway Walk (from Rathdrum train station to Avondale House

Avondale House And Forest Park Features

  • Arboreta/Gardens
  • Picnic Site
  • Playground
  • Orienteering Course
  • Walking Trails
  • Viewing Points
  • Waymarked Trails


Avondale House And Forest Park Opening Times

The estate is open Easter – 31st October – 8.30am – 8.30pm

Average stay : 1-5 hours (Visitor’s Choice)


Avondale House And Forest Park Admission

Special Summer Promotion:

  • Adults: €6.50
  • Child (U16):€4.50 / Child (U5): Free
  • Family: €20 (2A + 2C)
  • Group Rates available on request


Getting To Avondale House And Forest Park Wicklow

Avondale is approximately one hour from South Dublin on N11. On the N11 take the R772 to Rathnew and the R752 to Rathdrum. The Forest Park is situated 1.5 miles south of Rathdrum on the L2149 to Avondale House and Forest Park.


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