Glendalough, Co. Wicklow Ireland

Arts & Crafts, Shopping

Throughout the county, visitors can delight in a wealth of crafts, art and shopping. Craft disciplines include pottery, glassworks, jewellery, silverware, weaving, linen, lace and traditional knitwear. Many crafts people work from their own studios, which are open to the public. There are also many art and craft outlets. There are exhibitions throughout the county. The Tourism Board has organised a Craft Trail and details of this can be obtained by contacting the Arts Officer at 0404 20155. Web: Below are links to sites which provide interest and are not too far from Glendalough. If you wish to pass comment please e-mail it to the Web master.

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Ballinastoe Studio Pottery. Roundwood, Tel: 01 2818151. Ita Corcoran produces a wide and interesting range of functional stoneware. The gallery also stocks an interesting selection of work from other Irish potters and ceramic artists. Ballinastoe Pottery was recently awarded the Celtic Council of Ireland symbol of quality for retailers. Located 3 miles from Roundwood on Enniskerry Road, the pottery is open 10am to 6pm daily.
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford. Tel: 0404 40116. Web: Situated in Ashford Village on the Main Dublin Rosslare road. It is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. They have a variety of crafts on sale in their shop.
Geoffery Healy Pottery Ltd is situated in the Rocky Valley Kilmacanaogue. Tel.: 01 2829270. Email: Visitors to Geoffery Healy pottery may choose from fascinating and attractive range of items. A browse in the showroom allows you a look into the pottery studio. Gallery Shop opens from 1st April to December 24th Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm. Sat 10-6 sun and Bank holidays 12.oo - 6.00
Avoca Handweavers, Avoca Village. Tel: 0402 35105. Email: Web: The Avoca Hand weavers outlet in Avoca village is the oldest surviving working mill in Ireland today and dates from 1723. Visitors are welcome to watch the weaving process and examine the yarns. The adjacent mill shop houses the complete Avoca range of clothing and a wide variety of the finest Irish crafts.
Elderbush Pottery, three wells, Aughrim. Tel: 0402 36468. Decorative but functional pieces in earthenware and kiln formed glass. Open 6 days, closed Mondays
John Swan Diamonds, Designer Goldsmith& Diamond merchant, 26 Main St, Arklow, Tel: 0402 31124. Web: Email: Tax back facilities for overseas visitors, Open 6 days.
Avoca Handweavers, Kilmacanaogue. Tel: 01-2867466 E-mail: Web: Situated 4km (2.5 miles) from Bray on the N11 route visit Avoca Handweavers for a memorable experience. Set in the beautiful gardens of an old estate, the family run shop is reputed to be the finest design Craft Company in Ireland. Browse through the outstanding selection of gifts and crafts and eat the delicious home cooking at the famous terrace cafe. Open seven days a week all year round from 9.30am to 6.00pm.
Avoca Handweavers, Avoca, Tel: 0402-35105/35284 E-mail: Web: Don't miss visiting Ireland's oldest mill dating from 1723 at Avoca Handweavers situated at the old mill in Avoca village. Enjoy the free guided tour of the Weaving Mill and sample the delicious food in the restaurant. Browse through the range of clothing, knitwear, crafts and gifts. Open seven days a week all year round from 9.30am to 6.00pm.
Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy, The Old Schoolhouse, Newtownmountkennedy. Tel: 01-2819404/2810372 Fax: 01-2810632 E-mail: Web: For the last 21 years, Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy has offered a totally different shopping experience. The selection in men's wear extends from classic fashionable looks to traditional sporting and country wear. The ladies fashion range has a selection of chic, elegant and casual wear in all sizes. Lunch and a glass of wine at Fishers Buttery are not to be missed.
Fragrances of Ireland Kilmacanogue. Tel: 01-2867125 Fax: 01-2866501 E-mail: Web: Fragrances of Ireland were established as a family-owned company in 1983 to produce Irish perfumes. People throughout the world now wear Fragrances of Ireland's products as their reputation spreads. They try to give beautiful representations of Ireland through their products, which range from fine fragrances to premium soaps and toiletries, with a meaningful message that people can relate to.
Glendalough Woollen Mills, Derrybawn, Laragh, Glendalough. Visit our sweater and craft shop set in magnificent 200 year old stone buildings and take the opportunity to view local crafts people at work. Factory Outlet Shop & Tea Rooms Specializing in Aran and creative hand knits from local knitters, there is also a range of tweeds and leading fashion brands such as Magee, Hourihan and Henry White. Open all year Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 6.00pm. Visitors Welcome - Telephone 0404-45156 Email: Web:
Rustic Works, Enniskerry. Telephone 01-2866820 Rustic Works in the heart of the picturesque village of Enniskerry has the largest and most unusual selection of hand made Irish Crafts in the Country. Whatever your requirements: pottery, jewellery, glass, lamps, shades, ironwork, pictures and wine-racks they look forward to welcoming you seven days a week (also ship worldwide). Open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 6.00pm and Sunday from 1.00pm to 6.00pm.
Fttzgeralds Crafts, Avoca Tel: 0402-35310 Fax: 0402-35093 E-mail: Web: Fitzgeralds Crafts is located in Avoca, the location of a popular BBC programme called "Ballykissangel". Fitzgeralds is a great business for all your shopping needs from gifts, crafts, music, china and souvenirs.
Country Markets are held every weekend at several locations in County Wicklow. They are ideal for browsing and buying local handicrafts, plants, home made jams, bread and cakes. Arklow:-Masonic Hall, Saturday 10.20am to 12.00 noon
Arklow: -Arklow Rugby Football Club Mondays
Avoca:- Parish Hall, Sunday (July/August) 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Blessington:- Saturday 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Greystones: - Saturday 11.00am to 12.00 noon
Glendalough Farmers Market - takes place in resource Centre every second Sunday in year
Roundwood:- Parish Hall Sunday 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Macreddin: - Brooklodge Hotel - Organic Food Market takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Telephone Brooklodge Hotel at 0402-36580.
Charles Camping, Blessington Tel: 045 865351, Email: Web: Tents, camping gear, caravans. Open 7 days a week.
McCoys Shop, Laragh. 2 Km from Glendalough. Service fuel, travel booklets, groceries, food, sweets, etc.
Wool and Craft Shop, Glendalough. Situated opposite the Grand Hotel, in Glendalough, and right beside the Round Tower and Monastic City, it provides a rich selection of woollen goods, Irish crafts and local interests. A must to visit.
Porter's Shop, Laragh. 2 Km from Glendalough on Laragh Green. Groceries, fast food, Gas, Fuel, Sweets, booklets, cards
Celtic Craft Shop, Lynhams, Laragh, Glendalough. Provides an interesting range of Irish knitwear and crafts. Tel: +353 404 45999
Laragh Post Office, is situated on the road to Glendalough, just after you turn right after the bridge in Laragh.
The Nursery, Annamoe is situated in Annamoe village, just 5 km from Glendalough on the Roundwood to Dublin road. Good range of plants.
Antiques, Annamoe. Situated in Annamoe Village, 5km from Glendalough on the Roundwood to Dublin road. Old curiosities, insteresting tales, and range of items difficult to come by in this area.
0402 31288 Qualceram Shires, South Quay, Arklow. Tel: 0402 31288. Is Ireland's only indigenous manufacturer of viteous china, acrylic baths and bathroom furniture.
0404 67378 Sean Connolly & Co. Main Street, Wicklow Town. Tel 0404 67378. Mens and boys outfitters. Stockists of leading quality fashion labels for Magee's. Personal tailoring service. Hand loomed Irish Knitwear by "Carraig Donn". Complete dress hire. Hand woven tweed jackets
0508 81241 Kaldeen Knitwear Ltd, Lathaleere, Baltinglas Tel: 0508 81241. Knitwear Company. E-mail:
0404 25641 Shuttleknit, Ceart, Crinion Park, Wicklow Town, Tel:040425641. Hand made produce at factory prices. We are a group of local knitters and weavers producing hand made items using the finest natural raw materials. Come and visit us and see us producing some of the foloowing items: Mohar and Wopllen Rugs, Scarves, Stoles, Knitted Caps, For Children and adults and much more. Opeb Monday - Friday 9-5.
0402 39442 Wicklow Vale Emporium, The Old School House, Tinahask, Arklow. Tel: 0402 39442. Nestling in the Fisheries, the oldest part of arklow, the schoolhouse cafe has wonderful artifacts from the past and the modern vibrant retail area is home to beautiful giftware, including ceramics, glass, crystal. Open 7 days a week
0402 36593 Van Der Wel Ltdf (Coppagh Nurseries), Aughrim, Tel: 0402 36593. Established in 1967, the nurseries grow and supply a very wide range of plants. They have a great sales centre just outside Aughrim Village on the Rathdrum Dublin Road. There are many rare and unusual plants. Trees, Shrubs, Hedging, etc. Open Monday to Saturday 9 to 5pm Closed Sundays.