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Where to stay for Christmas?

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Where to stay for Christmas?


My husband, our son (22) and I are going to be traveling to the Wicklow area for Christmas and are looking for a B&B (or other accommodations) for the 24th and 25th of December. Our hope and plan was to stay in Glendalough, or at least the Glendalough area, to visit the monastic city, hike in the national park, and just relax. I've sent 8 inquiries to B&Bs in Glendalough, and Laragh and it seems everywhere is closed.

Does anyone have recommendations of other areas in Wicklow County, somewhat nearby, or just in general for Wicklow County, where we can enjoy the holidays - have a nice place to stay and somewhere to enjoy a Christmas dinner?



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1. Re: Where to stay for Christmas?

i would check out discoverireland.ie for hotels and then actually booking it booking.com!!! very reliable and cheaper than calling the hotels ive found. no booking fee either. guarantee with card and pay on departure. a 3 star or guest house city centre would suffice :) happy travels

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2. Re: Where to stay for Christmas?

Try here - don't know about their Christmas availability, but know a friend's sister stated there (self catering) and loved it and it's not too expensive. It's quite near the Glendalough and Laragh areas.


Margaret, Dublin

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Where ever you do book make sure that your Christmas dinner is included as Ireland closes down for Christmas day.

There will be no bars, restaurants or shops open and Hotels are usually residents only.

If you are looking for Christmas dinner you will need to book a hotel asap as hotels that offer Christmas dinner packages usually book up months in advance.

Similarly the 24th most place close reasonably early this night and many restaurants won't open again until the 27th December.

Most B&B's are family run, quite often in the family home so you will find it quite hard to find a B&B for these days as most people will try and keep it purely family time.

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4. Re: Where to stay for Christmas?

AgeIreland, IrishMaggie and Breezer 25,

Thank you for all your thoughtful suggestions and comments. I had submitted my post because I had in fact reserved accommodations fro December 24th and 25th back in early October, but I was not able to get in touch with the owner of a B&B to confirm the reservation. Until today. Our son who is in Dublin studying at Trinity right now was able to reach the owner by phone. It seems we are all set, we have a wonderful place to stay, and also have been given a warm welcome to join the family for Christmas dinner.

All has turned out well and we look forward to this truly special time in Wicklow, enjoying the quiet and spiritual beauty of the Glendalough area, visiting the monastic city, hiking in the national park, and just relaxing. I am humbled and excited by the beautiful resonance of such warmhearted people - thank you. I can't wait to visit Ireland!



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