Altidore Castle in Kilpedder will be open for visits during Heritage Week. Guests are free to visit between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (by appointment) between Monday, August 19, and Sunday, August 25. Altidore Castle is an 18th century castellated home which is now owned by descendants of Thomas Addis Emmet, the brother of Robert Emmet. There is a an Emmet Museum which includes an archive, artefacts and college books of Robert Emmet. For more information or to make an appointment, call 087 7601369.
OLD KILBRIDE GRAVEYARD
Among the interesting graves in the old Kilbride graveyard in Arklow is pyramid which dates back to 1785. Viscount Wicklow and 18 members of his family are buried here. Come along and see the graveyard from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. from Saturday, August 17, to Sunday, August 25. Admission is free.
TEMPLENASKELLIG: A HIDDEN GEM
This exhibition at the Brockagh Resource Centre in Laragh will focus on Templenaskellig, Glendalough’s inaccessible ‘hidden jewel’. Templenaskellig is the least visited of Glendalough’s ‘Seven Churches’. It sits high above the water on the southside of the Upper Lake and is only accessible by boat. This exhibition will bring Templenaskellig to the visitor, showcasing images, illustrations, excavation reports, maps and much more so that this beautiful church will finally be accessible to all. Admission is free and the exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, August 17, to Sunday, August 25.
ARKLOW MARITIME MUSEUM
Come along to Arklow Martitime Museum at the Bridgewater Centre to discover a treasure trove of shipbuilders, models and interesting artefacts. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday, August 17, to Sunday, August 25. Entry is €5 for adults or €10 for a family.
120 YEARS OF COUNTY COUNCILS
A free exhibition marking the 120th anniversary of county councils in Ireland will be held in Wicklow County Buildings, Wicklow town, from Saturday, August 17, until the end of August, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2019 marked the 120th anniversary of local democracy in Ireland. This exhibition was compiled and curated by the Local Authority Archivists and Record Managers group and funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Items from the Wicklow County Archives will also feature.
CASTLE HOWARD GARDENS
Castle Howard gardens at the Meeting of the Waters near Avoca will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Saturday, August 24.