County Wicklow is not only known as 'The Garden
of Ireland' but also as the Hollywood of Europe.
Over the last 85 years hundred of films have been
made in the County, which rightly justifies this
title. The versatility of the beauthiful scenery
in County Wicklow is one of the main reasons for
its resounding success as a film location. The
presence of the internationally renowned Ardmore
Studios, established in 1958 in Bray, has played
an important role in establishing the film industry
in Ireland and in promoting the varied landscape
in County Wicklow. The rolling Wiclkow Mountains
with its extensive peat bogs, the picturesque
and colourful villages, and the long stretches
of white sandy beaches are Wicklow features that
surface repeatedly in film and television productions
of all shapes and sizes.
Film Location Trails
Follow one of our three film drives to experience
some of County Wicklow's most stunning scenery
used in over hundreds of films.
Drive takes in the North East Coast, the dramatic
Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains, as well as
the charming bustling seaside towns of Bray and
Drive shows off some of the highlights of
the unspoilt rural countryside found around the
Blessington Lakes and Hollywood, and also takes
in the stunning monastic city of Glendalough.
This visually stimulating trail offers one of
the best vistas over the mountains and lakes.
Collins Drive links the towns of Rathdrum
and Avoca which can better be termed the film
capitals of Ireland beccause of the long tradition
of filming here. Avoca is now better known as
Ballykissangel after the BBC series that was shot
here from 1995 to 2000.
Along the drives you will get a tasting plate
of the best that County Wickow has to offer: a
warm welcome, stunning scenery, lush valleys and
golden beaches combined with an abundance of Irish