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Main Street, Avoca, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Avoca Tours provides quality walks and other pursuits throughout Wicklow. Become immersed in the culture, history and heritage of this beautiful part of Ireland. Situated 9 kilometres from Arklow, on the 'Kildare Wicklow Grand Tour'.
Avoca Tours offers a range of heritage walks and outdoor activities and other unique offerings for individuals, educational and business groups and families in and around Avoca and the wider Wicklow area. This family business is owned by Tony and Paula Kelly, a husband and wife team who first met in 1996 during the filming of Ballykissangel in the village of Avoca. Located one hour from Dublin, 20 minutes from Glendalough and 9 kilometre inland from Arklow, on the 'Grand Tour of Kildare Wicklow'.
Tony's passion for the area's history and his family geneology which he can trace in the area for 300 years, inspired him to awaken in the world an awareness and wonderment for County Wicklow which is a rural retreat for Irish city dwellers and tourists alike. Walking through Wicklow, whether it is a four hour hike, a coastal walk, or a stroll through Glendalough or the Vale of Avoca, fishing, or cycling or panning for gold, is Tony and Paula's way of ensuring you spend your time in Ireland experiencing the people, the place and the heritage which makes this tiny island with its worldwide diaspora what it is. Ireland is all here!
Located in the Vale of Avoca, this was traditionally a copper mining region and the area's extensive mining heritage with its chimneys and engine houses can be seen dotted around the valley. The walks and activities (including panning for gold) provided by Avoca Tours open up the heritage of the copper mines and the Vale of Avoca and beyond, to all. The forested walkways, wild flowers and birds of prey, magnificent churches and the beautiful copper coloured river running through the village, make this one of Ireland's most beautiful locations. The fact that Wicklow is known as the film capital of Europe with its own 'Hollywood' gives an idea of the attractiveness of the region. The local attractions of Avondale House, the Arklow Maritime Museum, and Wicklow Gaol are just a short drive from the village of Avoca and many of the walks offered by Avoca Tours include entrance to these.
The original Avoca Handweavers mill is located here and there is a free museum of handweaving, a mill shop and café. Fitzgerald's Pub of Ballykissangel fame offers food and a great pint of Guinness. The Meeting of the Waters offers a lovely amenity park beside the river. The Vale of Avoca was put on the tourist map by Ireland's national poet Thomas Moore in the early 19th Century when he wrote his melody mentioning the 'Sweet Vale of Avoca'. And the old courthouse in the village was the workplace of Bram Stoker of Count Dracula fame.