Plan Your Visit
If you would like to combine your cookery experience with an outdoor activity, Ballyknocken Cookery School, House and Farm is ideally situated on a 350-acre farm in the heart of Co Wicklow, Ireland and works closely with many outdoor specialists in the area.
You can choose from the list below of all the wonderful outdoor experiences your group would like to partake in and we can price these outdoor activities for you depending on numbers.
These exciting outdoor activities are perfect for your corporate team event as they require each team member to display skills such as communication, organisation and leadership within the team. We also have a collection of traditional Wicklow activities such as Sheepherding and Celtic Games, perfect for those corporate teams visiting Ireland.
Ballyknocken Activities include
Irish Coffee Making
And many more
We are happy to provide…
Wicklow Walks maps, as well as an assortment of wellington boots and brollies available in the front porch. If you prefer a gentle walk try the Devil’s Glen Sculpture Walk which is also close by and provides wonderful leisurely strolls and vistas.
Just let us know what your requirement and we will assist you to have a safe, memorable experience here in the Garden of Ireland!
The peace and tranquillity at Ballyknocken, our care and attention, homely log fires, gardens, wonderful walks and award-winning breakfasts make us a popular choice for a holiday or a short break.
County Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland” offers breathtaking scenery of lakes, valleys, heather-clad mountain and a wonderful coastline. Golf, walking, horse riding and sea or river fishing are just some of the holiday activities on offer in the area around Ballyknocken. Explore the many gardens of Wicklow, visit the historic and scenic 6th-century monastic settlement of Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful visitor destinations and only a 20-minute drive from Ballyknocken or enjoy Brittas Bay with its 5 miles of golden coastline, ideal for swimming.
If you want to explore further afield a day trip to Kilkenny Castle or Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre are all within easy reach. You will find Ballyknocken is perfectly located on the doorstep of Dublin – ideal for all main airports and ferry ports and also for visiting the capital city for a day trip whilst enjoying a base in the countryside, which is what real Ireland is all about.
For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.
The monuments and lakes are accessible all year around at any time of the day however the car parks may have the barrier down early in the morning and late in the evening. There is no charge to see the Monastic sites (churches/round tower) or the Upper and Lower Lakes except the car park fees for the Upper Lake and the Visitor Centre at the Monastic Site. Visitors are advised not to leave valuables in their cars, especially in the more remote locations.
Hiking & Walking
Wicklow Mountains National Park is easily accessible making it the perfect destination for walking and hiking. You can explore endless trails with a Wicklow Mountain walk or join routes together for a longer walking break.
Entry to Wicklow Mountains National Park and the information office are free. In Glendalough, there are two paid car parks for visitors to the valley: the Visitor Centre car park and the Upper Lake car park.
Brittas Bay boasts 5km of spectacular sandy beaches on the Irish Sea coast, approx. 12 km south of Wicklow Town, and only a 25 minute drive from Ballyknocken.
It is an area of ecological importance and habitats of interest include sand dunes, ferns and grassland areas. The landscape is dominated by the dunes which cover approx.. 100 hectares.
Brittas Bay has 2 ample sized car parks and the beach has been awarded European Union (EU) “Blue Flag” for water quality and cleanliness. It is ideal for sunbathing, surfing, swimming or walking!