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Avondale House & Forest Park

Address: | Rathdrum, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 404 46111
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Ranked #32 of 60 Activities in County Wicklow
Type: Historic Sites, Hiking Trails, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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Type: Historic Sites, Hiking Trails, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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Dublin
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We went with our grandchildren to visit Santa and the Forest Train. It was a terrific experience for our young grandchildren and Santa was the most natural and friendly Santa we have ever come across. The kids found it magical. Only two small criticisms----Don't go to the first train of the day as we found they were still setting up... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We live nearby but finally went to visit. Car parking 5e needs coins and you have to get out of the car to feed the machine. There is an additional fee to enter the house. Great walks - although it would help hugely if the trails were marked better or they provided trail maps. We finished in the cafe which... More 

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Drogheda, Ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I always went there as a child so it's very nostalgic for me. If going with children note that the signposts for the walks can be a little confusing!! I met another couple who were also lost. On the plus side the people in the cafe were so friendly and nice. It's very family friendly.

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The house itself can be looked over in ten minutes or so , nothing great to see. The grounds are fantastic for a walk. Especially if you go down the steps at the back of the house which eventually leads to a river. Its a good hike down and even more so on the way back up but its worth... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Lovely house with great history. However, had to pay €5 (in change) to get into carpark. 3 other cars left as they didn't have change. Reduce charge to €2 - people may have that amount in change. There is also a charge into house. Enjoyed visit to house and dvd. Books on sale also. Would suggest you have small booklets... More 

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
56 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Worth a trip... however perhpas the organisation should spend more money on advertising then you wouldn't need to pay so much for the car parking and then have the additional fee of the house also. The staff on site seemed very knowledgeable, perhaps they should organise someone to give a guided tour. Remember before you visit make sure you have... More 

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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I just live few miles off, when the weather allows it i do not miss the trick to call up with my son. I find it a spectacular location, lots of space, lots of trails. What I find def a plus is that even in those days where every single park, garden in this country is hopping due to the... More 

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Wicklow, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I have been visiting Avondale since I was a child and now take my children there and we never fail to have a great walk through the forest and along the River Walk. The café is expensive but as a picnic is part of the fun of a day there, we rarely avail of this facility. The parking is expensive... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I took a little day trip out here from Dublin and chose to check out Avondale as an alternative to Powerscourt which I have been to a few times- I enjoyed the video about Parnell (alot I forgot from school and stuff I'm sure we weren't taught!) but the house itself is a little bit on the dull side. Some... More 

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wicklow
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I love visiting Avondale and still will, but whatever has happened to the cafe. From now on i will bring my own food. Service was downright ignorant and prices are crazy for what you get

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