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Group Staycation to County Carlow

Getting the gang together for a group staycation this summer??

Make Woodford Dolmen Hotel your accommodation hub.

We’re surrounded by many  wonderful attractions and experiences waiting for you to uncover. Here’s just some of our guest top 5 places to visit while staying with us.

Boat Trips.ie

Take the group on a water adventure!
Enjoy a boating or canoeing experience along the River Barrow on your staycation. Whether it’s a historical tour of Kilkenny, a cruise through County Carlow, or a wildlife adventure in counties Kildare or Laois; there is a boat for you. 

Use this time to switch off and relax.
With group trips that range from 30 minutes duration, or tours across several days, there is something to suit everyone.

Duckett’s Grove

Duckett’s Grove’s structure was once one of Ireland’s finest examples of a thriving Great House. Surrounded by estates, this was once the home to generations of the Duckett family, who settled here as major landowners in 1695.

Duckett’s Grove House forms a strikingly enigmatic and dramatic profile, thus making it one of the most photogenic buildings anywhere in the country and a must see in Ireland to visit.

Get the group together on your staycation and enjoy a free guided tours of Duckett’s Grove each Thursday to Sunday. Visit this wonderful location within a 20 minute drive from our hotel.

Drop in and visit NicAngels Candles & Gift Shop at Ducketts Grove, our guests are entitled to a discount, make sure to ask at reception when checking – in to avail. 

Altmount Gardens


Visit Heritage Ireland’s most romantic gardens within just a 20-minute drive from our hotel. To discover the stunning and sweeping estate covering 16 hectares in total.

The Robinsonian or Arts and Craft style of this garden gracefully melds formal and informal elements while blending in with surroundings. Make sure to visit this summer to experience the glorious perfume of roses and herbaceous plants in the air.

Enjoy a break at the Altamount Garden Cafe during your staycation,  which offers delightful home baked cakes and scones with freshly brewed tea and coffee, with takeaway options available. Light snacks are available during summer months

Admission is free, with a charge of €2 for parking

Play while staying at Woodford Dolmen Hotel





For friends looking to stay and play, Woodford Dolmen Hotel is within a close proximity to these wonderful golfing clubs.

– Carlow Golf Club,

– Borris Golf Club,

– Kilkea Castle Golf Club

– and Quinagh Par 3.

Mimosa – Bar De Tapas

After a perfect day of exploring Carlow’s many attractions, gather your group on your staycation and visit one of Carlow’s lively Tapas bars. With specially prepared Tapas dishes and quality wines.

For parties of six or more people Mimosa offers a group menu for €20.00 per person. As a group, you choose six Tapas dishes from the menu.

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