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Wicklow Unique Quality of Life

Wicklow has much to offer residents in terms of quality of life - here are just a few compelling reasons to settle in our beautiful county.


Quality of life is an important consideration for anyone looking to locate and build a business, and you cannot find a better quality of life than in Wicklow. With a stunning coastline on one side of the county, and beautiful picturesque mountains on the other, County Wicklow has something to offer everyone. Excellent schools and easy access to Dublin's colleges, sporting facilities, retail hubs, transport, housing and community facilities add to the appeal of Co. Wicklow as a highly desirable area to live and work.


Situated less than an hour from Dublin City, Wicklow is perfectly placed to offer a perfect balance between the buzz of a major capital city and the peace of coast and country. Wicklow is served by a wide range of public transport services including mainline rail and Dart services, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, Aircoach, St Kevin's Bus and Finneagan's Bus service. Wicklow commuters travelling to Dublin for work or for college are well served by the Dart and commuter rail services and a range of bus services. Roads are also excellent throughout the county, with the N11/M11 connecting Dublin and Southeast Ireland, and the N81connecting the M50 with Wicklow towns Blessington and Baltinglass and further into County Carlow.

Community spirit

From picturesque villages like Delgany and Enniskerry to seaside communities like Greystones to bustling towns like Bray or Enterprise Town winner Blessington, Wicklow is host to a range of vibrant communities.Towns and villages offer a range of facilities to suit families of all sizes and ages, from state of the art sporting facilities to libraries and playgrounds to schools to community groups. Whether you enjoy being part of a close knit town or enjoy the peace of your own space, Wicklow is the perfect place to raise a family or simply enjoy the best that modern life has to offer. 

Social life

With well-established communities comes a wealth of social opportunities, no matter what your interests are. Excellent restaurants and cafés are in abundance throughout Co. Wicklow, offering every cuisine you can think of, but all utilising the excellent local ingredients for which Ireland is so famous. The local pub scene is vibrant and dynamic throughout Co. Wicklow; enjoy the chat and warm company any night of the week, or catch some local live music at the weekends. For slightly more sedate social activities, check out your local library or community hall for the groups and social events in your area – from book clubs to craft groups, there’s something for everyone.

Outdoor life

Whether you’re into watersports, hiking, cycling or enjoying a picnic with the family, Co. Wicklow is renowned for its quality of outdoor life. Try the stunning cliff walk between Greystones and Bray, climb the famous Sugarloaf, spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the picturesque village of Shillelagh or stroll through the gardens in Powerscourt. Blessington Lakes is a popular area for walking or cycling – or why not challenge yourself at the Kippure Adventure Centre? Some of the most beautiful golf courses are located in Co. Wicklow, including the world-famous Druids Glen Golf Course. If you prefer the social life of an organised sports clubs, there is plenty of choice to suit every age and every taste, including GAA, rugby, soccer, sailing and watersports.

Cultural scene

Festivals and regular community events colour the social calendar throughout the year in Co. Wicklow. The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray is Co. Wicklow’s hub of artistic activity, offering all sorts of great cultural events in every season, from theatre productions to comedy, musical performances and opera. While Tinahely Courthouse offers a wide and varied arts programme to residents in the south of the County. The Arklow Music Festival and Bray Jazz Festival are just two of the county’s regular festivals. Or simply pay a visit to one of Co. Wicklow’s many beautiful stately homes and gardens, such as Powerscourt, Russborough House or Killruddery. There you can discover the historic past of these noteworthy estates or simply enjoy the beautiful parklands and regular events.