Gear up for beautiful scenery, exhilarating outdoor adventures and mouth-watering cuisine in Carlow. The town is a gateway to County Carlow, where you can discover wild and unspoiled landscapes. Explore the historic town centre and dive into the county’s ancient past at Neolithic sites and megalithic tombs.
Things to do in Carlow
Carlow is part of a region called the “Sunny Southeast” and enjoys some of the best weather in Ireland. The mild climate makes outdoor adventures possible year-round. Enjoy leisurely strolls through the countryside or rent a kayak and paddle along the River Barrow. The Columban Way follows the path of a 6th-century monk and showcases the natural beauty of the Barrow Valley and Blackstairs Mountains.
Visit Browne's Hill Dolmen, one of the oldest and largest rock tombs in Ireland. It’s more than 5,000 years old and one of the country’s most famous prehistoric monuments. Combine your visit with a scenic walk in the countryside.
Learn about the people, places and events that have shaped the town over the centuries at the Carlow County Museum. The museum is housed in a historic convent and showcases an array of artefacts. The ornate, hand-carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral is the showpiece.
Carlow Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Regency Gothic architecture in Ireland. The ornate spire reaches towards the sky and can be seen from across town. Up close, you’ll notice the unique grey-blue hue of the granite. Stained-glass windows bathe the nave in a magical light.
Delta Sensory Gardens is one of the best-kept secrets in County Carlow. The themed gardens are described as “An Oasis of Peace and Tranquillity” and designed to capture your imagination. Stroll through the formal rose garden, play a game of giant chess and admire outdoor statues.
Getting around Carlow
Carlow is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is in County Carlow, a one-hour drive from Dublin. Buses run between Carlow and Dublin in 1.5 hours. Dublin Airport is a one-hour drive away.