The Mill at Avoca Village
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The birthplace of the Avoca experience, and the origin of our family company name, Avoca Handweavers, this is a famous tourist destination, as well as a long time favourite among the Dublin and Wicklow communities.
The birthplace of the Avoca experience, and the origin of our family company name, Avoca Handweavers, this is a famous tourist destination, as well as a long time favourite among the Dublin and Wicklow communities. Built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, you'll find a large Avoca store and cafe, and a working handweaving mill.
The mill itself dates from 1723, and is said to be the oldest extant manufacturer in Ireland. You can read about how our family came to be involved on our History page. Many of the throws, rugs and scarves you'll find in our stores are woven here at our family mill. Initially the mill took the raw wool from the sheep of the surrounding valleys and through a process of carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving transformed it into clothing and blankets for barter and sale.
Visitors are welcome to see the whole weaving process at first hand with a tour. Admission is free and it is a great opportunity to see a working mill and to view the finished product in the store afterwards. The original whitewashed buildings of the old mill now house the store which carries an extensive selection of Avoca favourites - clothing, soft furnishing, gifts, food from the Avoca Pantry range and, as with all our shops, much more besides. And, of course, a café too, which is famous for its delicious lunches and home baking.
The picturesque village of Avoca itself is the fictional home of the BBC's "Ballykissangel". Overall, the warm and friendly atmosphere in this charming and historical location makes the visit to Avoca a wonderful experience.