Visit Arklow

Arklow Town

Whether you are coming to Arklow for the first time or re-visiting, be sure to check our guide to all things Arklow! This section will give you all the information you could ever need on Things to do in Arklow, Walking, Golf, Heritage, Shopping and of course you will find information on Accommodation, Eating (and drinking) out, Festivals and even Directions on how to get here. Arklow is a lively town in the southern corner of county Wicklow.Arklow was, in its day, one of the busiest ports in Ireland and a renowned centre for boat building and sea fishing as well as having a fine tradition in the pottery industry.


Situated on the River Avoca, the N11 road and the Dublin/Rosslare rail line, Arklow is an excellent base for exploring County Wicklow and neighbouring counties. The town is a good base from which to explore the Vale of Avoca to the east and the glorious sandy beaches of Brittas Bay to the north. The beautiful Clogga Beach is situated about 6.5km by road south of Arklow Town. Arklow has an attractive main street with ornate lighting and a charming riverside walk. The fishing village character is still evident in an area called ”The Fisheries” and the port still boasts a sizeable fleet of fishing boats. The imposing St Saviours’ Church, impressively floodlit at night, dominates the high ground of the town.

Arklow seamen have sailed, traded and fought in navies all over the world, such as the Royal Navy and the US Navy. They have traded under many nation flags such as the Red Ensign, the American Mercantile Marine, Canadian, Panama, Liberian, German and Norwegian to name but a few.

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Family Fun

The Arklow Maritime Museum continues to improve its facilities and displays. After thirty years since it was first opened, thanks to a dedicated group of Arklow people, they would like to welcome you to the new site in the Bridgewater Centre in Arklow.

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The town of Arklow offers many different ways of enjoying your stay over the festival period. They include Hotels, B&B's, Guesthouse's and Self Catering. For more infomation on these please

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In Arklow, there are many different choices of dining to enhance your experience, whether its fine dining or fast food we have it all. For more information on the various options please

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Things to do

There is plenty to do in Arklow for both visitors and locals alike from the many lovely walks, golf, sailing, sports and much more as shown below. For more information please

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Arklow is located half way between Dublin and Rosslare (45 Miles/72km ) on the N11 dual carriageway, which lies on the designated Euro Route 1 between these two centres. It is one of the busiest seaside resorts on the East Coast. For more info

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Festival Sponsors
A big thanks to all our sponsors, whose help and financial assistance makes possible the staging of the annual Arklow Seabreeze Festival.