Dublin Environs Sights

Avondale Forest Park

  • Forest

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

Outside the quaint village of Rathdrum, on the west bank of the Avondale River, is the 523-acre Avondale Forest Park. Part of a then-burgeoning movement to preserve and expand the Irish forest, it was, in 1904, the first forest in Ireland to be overseen by the state. There's a fine 5½-km (3½-mile) walk along the river, as well as pine and exotic-tree trails, and Avondale House, the birthplace and lifelong home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–91), the "Uncrowned King of Ireland," the country's leading politician of the 19th century and a wildly popular campaigner for democracy and land reform.

Sight Information

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Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Published 08/11/2015

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