Avondale Forest Park


Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Site Description

Avondale Forest Park

Avondale is synonymous with the birth of Irish forestry, . The State purchased Avondale and in 1904 and it was in Avondale that the first silvicultural experimental plots were laid out along the lines of a continental forest garden with a collection of tree species and shrubs from around the world. The forest park lies mainly on the west bank of the Avonmore river on 505 acres of land. The forest park provides an endless variety of walks with scenery ranging from the magnificent openness of the Great Ride to the towering impressiveness of the massed conifers on the banks of the river.The park has four way-marked walking trails and a family cycle trail.

  • River Walk
  • Tree Trail
  • Centenary Trail
  • Railway Trail
  • Family Cycle Trail

To prevent theft - Please ensure not to leave valuables on display in your vehicle.

Please keep dogs on leads at all times.

Avondale House

Avondale House was built in 1779 by Samuel Hayes. When he died in 1795 the house passed to the Parnell Family. Avondale House is the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history, purchased by the state in 1904 and is now a museum in his memory.

The house contains fine plasterwork and many original pieces of furniture. The American Room is dedicated to Admiral Charles Stewart - Parnell's American grandfather who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war. Visitors are introduced to this wonderful historical house by a specially commissioned audio visual presentation.

Avondale House is closed to the public for the season and will re-open in Easter 2017.



Avondale Forest Park Features

Archaeological, Fishing, Arboretum, Historic Tours, Orienteering, Picnic Site, Playground, Forest Park, Walking Trails, Access for all, Leisure cycling,

How do I get there?

Avondale is approximately one hour from South Dublin on N11. On the N11 exit at Junction 17 to Rathdrum and follow the signage for Avondale House & Park. The Forest Park is situated 1.5 miles south of Rathdrum on the L2149.

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No of car spaces:400 approx.
Car park opens:March to October 07.00
Car park closes: March to October 22.00
Parking fee price:Please See Below
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
Parking Fee
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Contact Info

Contact name:Helena Doyle
Contact email:helena.doyle@coillte.ie