Listen to nature’s voice
Wicklow Mountains National Park stretches across almost 23,000 hectares south of Dublin. The largest of Ireland’s National Parks and the only one in the east, Wicklow features wide-open vistas, winding mountain roads and fast-flowing streams that descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys, including St Kevin’s monastic settlement at Glendalough.
Discover how you can help us conserve the park’s biodiversity and landscape, or plan your visit to explore the uplands on a hike or scenic drive. A true flavour of Ireland’s ancient wilderness awaits you in the park.
walking & hiking
Enjoy spectacular views of the Upper Lake on the Spinc boardwalk. A good level of fitness and hiking boots required on hill walks.
Things to do
Possibly the most photographed view in Wicklow. Always spectacular no matter the weather or time of day.
Wicklow Mountains National Park is a wonderful place for hill-walking and hiking. Explore our nine waymarked trails and remember the safety basics: check the weather before you set off and bring a map, plus any essentials you’ll need. Help us protect wildlife by always keeping dogs on a lead.
The history of the Great Military Road is another fascinating aspect to the National Park. As tourists drive over the mountains, it is interesting to remember the original, strategic origins of the road.
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– First Aid
– Lost Property
Open: Year round
Admission: Free (Charges may apply for parking).
For operational or safety reasons, we occasionally need to close a particular area or trail. Please heed any warning notices.
National Park Information Office
Open: 10:00AM – 5:30PM
Closures: May be closed for lunch or for staffing reasons
Open: Open to pre-booked school groups
National Park Headquarters
Open: Monday to Friday during office hours. The Duty Ranger is available Monday to Sunday during office hours.
There are three main car parks: the Visitor Centre Car Park, the Upper Lake Car Park and a free car park in Laragh.
Visitor Centre Car Park
This is suitable for visitors to the Monastic City and its Visitor Centre. There is a charge during busy periods. Access to the Upper Lake area is a 20-minute walk along the Green Road.
Upper Lake Car Park
This is located at the end of the road along the valley. There is a charge to enter. Opening hours vary. Please contact Wicklow County Council for details.
Laragh Car Park
Located beside the Woollen Mills and GAA grounds in Laragh, this free car park is a secure facility with staff on duty. It is open daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
From Laragh Car Park, hill walkers can access the Green Road to Glendalough and all its walking trails. Walkers can follow the Orange route up towards Derrybawn, the Spinc and Mullacor and the Wicklow Way. St Kevin’s Way and Avonmore Way are also close by.
Other places to park in Glendalough
The Glendalough Hotel has paid parking for patrons only.
There is limited parking beyond Glendalough. Small parking areas can be found on the Wicklow Gap by Glenmacnass waterfall and at a couple of places on the Military Road.
Please avoid parking on the road along the valley to the Upper Lake. It is too narrow and parked cards can restrict access to emergency vehicles.
Please park responsibly when visiting the National Park: avoid blocking entrances to homes and land. An Garda Síochana are issuing parking tickets for illegal and dangerous parking.
The National Park covers 200 square kilometres of wild habitat, much of which is not accessible by public transport, although some private tour companies will take coach tours through the park. The valley of Glendalough is accessible by bus. The privately owned St. Kevin’s bus company operates a service from Dublin city centre to Glendalough (www.glendaloughbus.com). There are also Local Link buses from Wicklow Town to Laragh and from Rathdrum to Laragh.
In Glendalough, public toilets are available at the OPW Visitor Centre beside the Monastic City and at the Upper Lake Car Park. There are no public toilet facilities in the rest of the park, but all neighbouring towns and villages have either public toilets or facilities in public houses and restaurants.
A lost property facility is located at the Information Office in Glendalough. It can be contacted on 0404 45425.
There are many accommodation options available in the area surrounding the park including hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, self-catering and camping and caravan sites. Find more information on Wicklow Tourism’s website:
Between Laragh and Glendalough there are two hotels and a restaurant that serve main meals and snacks. In season, stalls for chips and ice-creams are located at the Upper Lake Car Park and beside the Monastic City.
Postcards, maps and a number of books are available to buy in the Information Office at the Upper Lake and the Monastic City Visitor Centre. Crafts, woollens, music and other gifts are available to purchase in Glendalough and Laragh villages .
First Aid facilities including an AED (defribrillator) are available at the Information Office. Other emergency services may also be alerted from here.