Eat Your Way East: Oldest Mill and Local Craftspeople

Route:

Wicklow


Features:

Avoca Handweavers, Killruddery Farm Market, Powerscourt House & Gardens

Journey Overview:

This brief one-day itinerary features some of the most talented craftspeople producing artisan food today – as well as their compelling stories about keeping Ireland’s colourful past alive. Intrepid culinary explorers Kevin (a self-taught chef) and Ellius (a photographer) experienced Ireland’s handwoven history through a legendary weaver, met some local avant-garde producers, and unwound in the third best garden in the world.

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Day 1
A weaver at work at Avoca Handweavers

Day 1

  • 1 hr
  • 22 mins
  • 93 km
  • 58 miles

Route:

Wicklow


Points Of Interest:

Avoca Handweavers, Killruddery Farm Market, Powerscourt House & Gardens

Engage With The Stories:

Killruddery House and Gardens

Killruddery House and Gardens

Best known for its stunning gardens, Killruddery also boasts a beautiful house which can be explored by tour, illuminating its history and that of the family who have lived here for nearly 400 years.

William - Avoca Mills

William - Avoca Mills

On a tour of this charming national institution, you’ll meet characters like William, a retired Avoca handweaver who’s still deeply passionate about his craft. Through their fascinating stories, the team here really bring this beautiful site to life.

Journey Overview:

The day began at the beautiful Avoca Handweavers, located deep in the lush Wicklow countryside. Founded in 1723, this Irish textile and culinary institution in the quaint village of Avoca is home to the country’s oldest working mill, an extensive store selling beautiful craft produce, and a charming café.

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Visitors can stroll the grounds and browse Avoca’s wares before enjoying a selection of salads, savouries, coffees and cakes on the rear terrace. On a Sunday afternoon tour, you can meet retired handweaver William, who’s been working on and off for Avoca for 38 years. William is man full of life, character – and top-notch tales.

Further north on the Wicklow itinerary is Killruddery Farm Market in Bray. Open on Saturdays only, this beautiful bohemian market – set in the rustic stable conversion on the grounds of the 16th century Killruddery Estate – offers an eclectic mix of craft goods and delectable locally-sourced produce. Market patrons can taste handmade treats like old-fashioned French hot chocolate, browse old books in the rustic barn, and chat to the skilled craftspeople selling their wares.

Nearby on the same Estate, Killruddery House itself is a must-see with its magnificent 800-acre gardens – used as a location for famous shoots including My Left Foot, Far and Away and The Tudors. It's also host to an annual programme of events from falconry to beekeeping, as well as outdoor concerts.

Just a ten-minute drive away in Enniskerry is the final destination of the day: Powerscourt House & Gardens. A magnificent Palladian country estate dating back to the 1500s, National Geographic deemed its grounds the third best garden in the world. Since its completion in 1741 (as commissioned by Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt) the house has been passed down through the Wingfield family. It's surrounded by the gorgeous cultivated gardens, home to an incredible 250 varieties of tree.

Once you've explored idyllic Wicklow, be sure to check out our travellers' other itineraries. Click here to read about a tasting of locally-brewed whiskeys and beers, or hear about a trip south to the epic Hook Head. Finally why not read about sampling freshly baked goods and refreshing cider.
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