Discovering Carlow: Great Places to Visit During your Stay

Welcome to Carlow, where every corner of our small but beautifully formed county holds a charming visitor attraction just waiting to be explored. While the county shouts loud and proud about our well-known attractions, many others off the beaten path offer unforgettable experiences. Here are some wonderful places to visit during your stay at Avlon Bed and Breakfast in Carlow:

Preserving Heritage: The Importance of Artisanal Craftsmanship

In an age of mass production, the craftspeople of County Carlow pride themselves as standing guardians of tradition and craftsmanship. Through their dedication to celebrating Ireland’s rich cultural heritage, they ensure that the soul of their craft lives on for generations to come.

Delta Sensory Gardens, Co Carlow


When you arrive at these wonderful gardens only a short stroll from our Bed and Breakfast, the clue is in the name. All your senses will be come to life as you take in the sights and sounds at this visitor attraction. Water features, glorious floral scents, and colours to dazzle are only the start. The onsite restaurant serves delicious treats available all day to enjoy.


Dolmen/Ducketts Grove. We recommend visiting both in one day, starting with Brownshill an authentic ancient burial site dating back to 3000 BC. This megalithic portal tomb is one of the largest in Europe. Located in glorious countryside, visiting Brownshill Dolmen is not only a journey through history but a chance to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Closeby, Ducketts Grove is a stunning gothic mansion dating back to the mid 18th century, located in Rainestown, Paletine, Co. Carlow.


Rathwood: For a unique shopping and leisure experience, head to Rathwood, an attraction like no other. Set on a sprawling estate, Rathwood offers a range of activities including a cute woodland train ride for the little ones, falconry displays, and a delightful maze. Don’t miss their renowned themed events throughout the year, promising fun for visitors of all ages.

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland: Indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Garden of Ireland. Located in Tullow, this award-winning chocolate factory and café offers a range of delicious handmade chocolates, artisan ice creams, and gorgeous desserts. Join a chocolate-making workshop to learn the secrets of crafting these treats or simply relax in the café and watch the world go by.

Huntington Castle and Gardens: Head for Clonegal and Huntington Castle and you’ll find a place where history meets mystery. Explore the atmospheric rooms of this 17th-century castle, rumoured to be haunted! Outside the castle walls enjoy its elegant gardens, complete with woodland walks, a yew walkway, and so much more.

For more information on any of the above mentioned attractions or to find out about where’s great to visit in Carlow, please ask us at time of booking or check-in, we are more than happy to help.