There is so much to explore in Ireland's Ancient East, whether it is our wonderful walking trails,  world-class golf courses or fishing - we have it all at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel.

County Carlow Military Museum | Athy Road, Carlow

Anyone who is a fan of military will enjoy a visit to the County Carlow Military Museum. The museum tells the story of Carlow’s military history with exhibits dating back to the 18th century, including a display of life in a World War One trench. Other exhibits include uniforms worn by the Irish Defence Forces during UN peacekeeping. The museum is only 14 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Brownshill Dolmen | Carlow town

3km east of Carlow town lies the Brownhills Dolmen, a megalithic portal tomb and listed national monument. It is said to be the largest in Europe and can be clearly seen from the road (R726) but we highly recommend exploring on foot to get a sense of the atmosphere.

Carlow County Museum | Carlow town

The County Carlow Museum uncovers local life in the 19th and 20th centuries with an impressive collection of 4,000 artefacts on display.

Visual Centre for Contemporary Art &The George Bernard Shaw Theatre | Carlow town

One of the best cultural spaces in Carlow including a theatre, restaurant and bar. The centre presents the best in art, music, dance and cinema. It also hosts a variety of workshops and events, especially during the school holidays.

Carlow Mini Brewery | Beganalstown

Fancy a beer? Then come down to the Mini Brewery serving two styles of beer. Situated in a former railway store on Station Road in Carlow town centre, the building retains much of it old world charm. The Carlow Brewing Company has been producing quality beer for the residents of Carlow since Celtic times.

Altamont Gardens | Tullow

Just a 25 minute drive from the hotel and located close to Tullow, the Altamont Gardens are a fantastic example of old-world gardens. Known as romantic garden in Ireland, and certainly one of the most beautiful. We adore strolling along the lake which takes in views of the Wicklow Mountains.

Killeshin Romanesque Doorway | Carlow Town

Now a ruin, the church is on the site of an early Christian monastery founded by Saint Comghan in the fifth century. The church features a very fine Romanesque doorway, now a national monument and a fine example of Irish Romanesque architecture. It’s only 5km west of Carlow Town and it takes in views of the scenic Barrow Valley.

Carlow Castle | Carlow Town

Carlow Castle is not far from the River Barrow and only a 15 minute drive from the hotel. It was built in the 13th century. Unfortunately, it now a ruin and only two towers can be seen but still impressive.

Read our Carlow Up Close blog for more ideas and events