Carlow Town is a modern, vibrant town situated in the Barrow Valley and stands at the confluence of the Barrow and Burrin rivers.
With mountains, glorious countryside and rivers valleys all close at hand, Carlow is a county worth discovering and exploring. Against a beautiful landscape visitors will uncover a great holiday experience – exhilarating outdoor adventure, traditional rural life, vibrant shopping and rich cultural heritage.
Home to three of Ireland national walking routes, The South Leinster, The Barrow and The Wicklow Ways – the county is blessed with hundreds of miles of excellent and varied walking.
The golfing visitor will find an impressive variety of golf courses, par 3s and golf ranges to suit all levels. The river Barrow and Slaney and their many tributaries provide exciting activities for the passive and active water enthusiast. Co. Carlow is steeped in historical and archaeological artefacts from pagan site such as the Brownshill Dolmen to ecclesiastical settlements, many of which are of national significance. The Carlow garden trail is another gem for visitors to enjoy featuring a collection of 16 gardening attractions including great old gardens such as those at Altamont to smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time. Award winning garden centres and forest parks compliment the joy of a visit here.
On the arts and culture front the Visual Centre for contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a dynamic multi-disciplinary arts facility presenting the best of local, national and international work in the visual and performing arts. Standing in a strategic position in the centre of Carlow Town on the grounds of Carlow College, it rivals its contemporaries in New York, Berlin or Tokyo in terms of its scale and contemporary architecture.
LocationSituated in the southeast of Ireland, approximately 90km from the ferry and airports of Dublin, Rosslare and Waterford, Carlow is one of Ireland most charming inland counties. Its central location offers the perfect base to explore Wexford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois. Dublin is a mere 40 minutes drive with continuous motorway from the city to Carlow Town via the M7 and M9. For more details please visit