For international production, Ireland is a world-class location. It’s a key centre for film, television, and animation production due to its highly experienced crew base and well-established studios, as well as its breath-taking landscape and competitive tax credit.
“Ireland has become a capital of filmmaking, establishing itself as one of the world’s most attractive production environments.”
Wicklow has a long history of collaborating with production companies. The County continues to serve as the setting for a number of films and television series.
Screen Wicklow is a one-stop-shop for all your production needs. We offer full assistance to film and television projects based in the County.
Our dedicated online resource portal is a comprehensive guide to filming in the Garden County. Scroll down further to access additional resources, links and support information.
Wicklow, called "Europe's Hollywood" by Jane Seymour, is home to a slew of well-known film and television locations, from Michael Collins (1996, featuring a crucial scene in Rathdrum Square) to Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) and Camelot (2001). Killruddery House and Gardens (The Tudors, Camelot, Far and Away, and My Left Foot, among others) and Powerscourt are two of the best big house movie locations.
“We are really fortunate to be filming in Wicklow for a lot of reasons, the most notable of which being the range of landscapes available in close proximity to the studios. It is a very accommodating world.”
Michael Hurst, Creator of Vikings
Shot in Wicklow
Wicklow is the backdrop for Netflix’s number one show - Vikings: Valhalla.
Cocaine Bear, Elizabeth Banks’ dark comedy, was filmed in Wicklow. During the summer 2021, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams visited the County while filming in Greystones and Enniskerry for the upcoming Disney sequel Disenchanted.
Netflix’s teen fantasy drama Fate: The Winx Saga, which will return for its second season to the streaming platform along with screen adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel The Wonder – a psychological thriller set in a small Irish village seven years after the Great Famine ended were shot in County Wicklow recently.
Find out more about recent productions filmed in County Wicklow here.
Why County Wicklow is a fantastic location for filming…
- The untamed Wicklow Mountains and rugged coastline, secluded cottages and urban streetscapes, stately country homes and modern architecture all combine to provide a spectacular range of variety of locations to choose from.
- Locations in County Wicklow have seamlessly doubled as many international locations such Scandinavian settlements in Vikings and Vikings: Valhalla (Michael Hirst), gothic Victorian streets in Penny Dreadful (John Logan) and The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bharat Nalluri).
- Wicklow is home to world-class film studios, including Ardmore Studios and Ashford Studios.
- Local crew with worldwide recognition and experience.
- Film, television, and animation are eligible for a tax credit.
- You have access to a wide range of pre- and post-production services.
- Dublin City, Dublin Airport, and Dublin Port are all within easy reach (less than 20 kilometres).
- Wicklow County Council is devoted to welcoming, assisting, and supporting you.
Screen Wicklow launches 5-year film strategy
County Wicklow Screen Sector Development Strategy 2022 – 2026 sets out the recommendations for the county’s objectives and actions supporting the growth of its local film and television production cluster over the next five years. Download the strategy report (2MB, pdf).