THINGS TO DO

The village of Tinahely in county Wicklow offers a wide variety of things to see and do, including beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside, a vibrant arts centre presenting a host of live events and art exhibitions all year round, horse-riding, golf and a local library.

County Wicklow is located just south of Dublin traditionally known as “The Garden of Ireland”. Wicklow displays a scenic beauty that justifies this name. Archaeological and historical remains are in their abundance, particularly in West Wicklow. But there is far more to Wicklow than its magnificent scenery. There are 20 golf courses, many angling facilities, mountaineering and hillwalking. Walkers have said they could seek no better terrain, traditional Irish Pubs, music and crafts.

The Courthouse Arts Centre:

The Courthouse in Tinahely was built in 1843, but by the 1950’s it was used as much for community activities, such as dances and movies, as for court sessions.

It is now a beautiful heritage building and one of the main landmarks in the town.

The Courthouse is a multi-disciplinary non-profit arts centre, dedicated to artistic excellence and actively nurturing the creative and cultural life of this region.  It hosts a varied programme of arts and cultural events, including musical and theatre performances, visual arts exhibitions and installations, and arthouse and foreign cinema.

Click here to view the Arts Centre calendar of events.

 The Annual Tinahely Agriculture show (August Bank Holiday Monday):

The Tinahely Agricultural Show is a celebration of the richness of rural Ireland’s traditions, it’s people and their way of life.

It is a fantastic family day out with live entertainment for kids and adults and an endless list of competitions and displays.

There is a palpable festival atmosphere as you walk around the massive show grounds to the parade rings, the exhibit marquees and the entertainment sections.

Founded 84 years ago, the show is the second largest agricultural show in Ireland attracting over 20,000 visitors annually with over 200 trade stands. The event features the best of rural life with agricultural competitions, entertainment, crafts, novelty events, amusements, fashion and much more.

Key attractions include:
• Country music legends – Derek Ryan, Stuart Moyles, Olivia Douglas and Theresa & the Stars
• Everyday wellness – accessible wellness information to people of all ages – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
• Livestock local, national and championship competitions
• Fashion Show
• Arts and Crafts
• Over 200 trade stands
• Farm to Fork – authentic local artisan food producers
• Pony Club games and show jumping
• Pet’s Corner
• Dog show
• Junior arts and crafts
• Fun Fair

So whether you want a fun filled family day out or want to showcase your products, company, crafts or livestock, join us for what promises to be another successful and unique event on August bank holiday Monday.

Tinahely Farm Shop:

Only 400metres away, Tinahely Farm Shop is the ideal stop for the whole family. Facilities include a kids activity centre, an animal walkway, a coffee shop and a gift store.

Click here to view Tinahely Farm Shop’s website.

Equestrian Centres:

Horses play an important part in the life of the Tinahely community and that of the people in the surrounding countryside and villages. Everywhere you go in the area you will see horses and ponies grazing in the fields. There has been a continuity of involvement with horses amongst the local farming community for centuries and all the skills associated with producing a variety of thoroughbred, sports horses and ponies still survive to this day.

The Annual Wicklow County Show organised and run by the Tinahely Agricultural Show Society is held at Fairwood Park just a mile outside the village on August Bank Holiday Monday. The Show has always provided a wonderful showcase for horses bred and produced in the area and attracts a considerable number of entries from the surrounding counties. Many classes are qualifiers for National Competitions. Here you can see everything from brood mares, side saddle classes, draught classes, carriage driving, jumping, working hunter and show classes. For anyone who likes horses, it is the place to be on August Monday.

At Broomfield Equestrian Centre, just a short drive outside the village on the Tinahely/Knockananna Road, there are great opportunities to enjoy equestrian sport at any level. The centre caters for all standards of riders from beginners to advanced. With a large indoor school and even larger outdoor arena along with cross country courses and miles of trekking facilities, visitors and locals alike have the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful outdoor activity in a beautiful setting. For further information contact Pam Horan on 0402 38117 or 087 7513186.

Years of experience in breeding has meant that a variety of horses are produced very successfully in the Tinahely area. There are several established studs and these have produced a string of national hunt and flat race winners.

A young local trainer, Philip Rothwell, whose training yard and gallops are located a short distance from Tinahely, has already made a name for himself both at home and in Britain. He holds a licence to train for both National Hunt and flat racing but mainly specialises in the training for horses for jump racing both at home and abroad.

Hunting is also a big part of life in the area and the Shillelagh District Hunt has been active for well over 50 years attracting local support and visitors from around the country and abroad.  The hunt also holds several Point to Point races during the year and these are also very well attended.

The Riding Club Movement is also well represented with two riding clubs operating in the area – The Tinahely Riding Club in Coolboy and the Broomfield Riding Club in Mullans.                                                                   

More things to do:

  • Canoeing & Kayaking with “Pure Adventure” (55mins drive)
  • Castlecomer Discovery Park (1hr drive)
  • Tick Tock Activity Farm (up to 10 years of age) (25mins drive)
  • Greenan Farm Museum and Maze (25mins drive)
  • Woodenbridge Golf Club (20mins drive)
  • Avoca Mines (30mins drive) 
  • Mottee Stone (30mins drive)
  • Avondale House (30mins drive)
  • Mill at Avoca Village (25mins drive)
  • Clara Lara Funpark (35mins drive)

For more information on local attractions, please visit https://visitwicklow.ie/attractions-in-wicklow

Getting around:

  • Dublin Airport DUB (1hr 30mins drive)
  • Rathdrum Train Station (30mins drive)
  • Arklow Train Station (30mins drive) Click here for the local link bus timetable from Arklow station to Tinahely.  
  • Wicklow Train Station (45mins drive)