Fun wedding weekends your guests will never forget

If you want to celebrate your wedding over a number of days, Avon Rí Lakeshore Resort in Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland, is the perfect location.

As a wedding venue, Avon Rí isn’t just the perfect place for your special day. When you stay with us, you can explore County Wicklow, the nearby County Kildare and even Dublin City before and after the ceremony. Here are some of our favourite local places to give you a few ideas and suggestions of where to start your adventures.

For nature-lovers…

The Blessington Greenway

The Blessington Greenway walk is well signposted and, at 6.5 km (about 4 miles), will take you roughly an hour and a half to complete as you walk from Blessington to the stately home at Russborough House & Parklands.

Avon Rí marks the start of the walk, which will take you along the picturesque shores of Blessington Lakes, meandering past a medieval Ringfort and then onto a footpath along part of the N81 before turning off into the lush forests at Burgage Moyle Lane. Further down, the Greenway traverses Valleymount Road (R758) before coming into Russellstown Bay next to Russborough House, your final destination. It really is an unmissable experience for anyone who loves spending time in nature or simply discovering more about the unique Wicklow landscape.

We have maps of the Blessington Greenway available for our guests, making it very easy for you to explore this scenic walk. If you’d like to get a taste for just how lovely the Blessington Greenway really is, have a look at this fabulous video:

For explorers…

The Kildare & Wicklow Grand Tour

The Kildare & Wicklow Grand Tour offers countless hidden gems for you to discover. It really is the perfect way to experience the real Ireland!

We highly recommend that you check out this drive, a popular route of 324 km (about 201.3 miles) that circles the Counties Kildare and Wicklow, giving you the very best of the East Coast scenery, spectacular houses and gardens as well as mysterious Early Christian heritage sites. The drive can easily be broken down into shorter journeys! See more at Discover Ireland Kildare Wicklow Grand Tour.

In days gone by, European aristocrats would come and travel the Grand Tour as part of a traditional rite of passage that took in all the highlights. The modern route recreates the feel of that ancient experience as you visit St Kevin’s sixth century monastic settlement at Glendalough before moving on to the impressive sight of huge mansions, such as Russborough House. Stop off at some of the many villages along the way to enjoy a warm Irish welcome in a restaurant, pub or coffee shop, while marveling at the diverse scenery. We have everything from verdant grass plains and refreshing glacial lakes through to rugged mountains and an eastern coastline dotted with pretty beaches. The Kildare & Wicklow Grand Tour is an experience not to be missed.

For history buffs…

 If you love history and culture, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Avon Rí is set in the heart of an area known for its sights and attractions. This is just some of what you can see when you stay with us.

Russborough House

Russborough HouseNot far from Avon Rí, you’ll find Russborough House, an impressive stately home that offers guided tours of the house as well as lots to see and do within the grounds. Designed by Richard Cassels for Joseph Leeson, the First Earl of Milltown, Russborough was built between 1741 and 1755 and is a perfect example of Palladian architecture.

Russborough House is the home of the world famous art collection of the Beit family and contains works by numerous renowned artists, including Goya, Vermeer, Peter Paul Rubens and Thomas Gainsborough.

If you’re visiting with a family, there’s plenty for all ages to do, including a children’s play area and even a maze. You can get lost in the 2000 m2 beech hedge maze, so make sure you take a map before you go in! If you’re not brave enough to risk it, you can get an incredible view of the maze’s layout from an upstairs bathroom window.

Lady’s Island is the home of the Russborough House Fairy Trail, home of Faylinn the fairy and his little friends. They’ve been living here for over 270 years and when you go to visit them, they’ll be happy to help you learn their magical fairy language and play fairy games and puzzles, while you learn all about fairy flora and fauna.

If you want something more sedate after all that excitement, there are plenty of parkland rambles throughout the surrounding land and garden, the ideal way to relax and unwind. Choose the 2km wildlife trail to learn more about the local wildlife or try the 2km woodland and rhododendron trail to take in the gorgeous natural scenery. Finally, end your walk with a lovely cup of tea or coffee in the tearooms.

For city-slickers…

Dublin City

A short drive away, you’ll find Ireland’s capital, Dublin, set at the mouth of the famous River Liffey. Lonely Planet describes it as “a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavours and kaleidoscopic colours.”

Dublin has everything you could want from a major city and more. Visit its historic buildings, such as the 13th century Dublin Castle or St. Patrick’s Cathedral, dating back to 1191. There are plenty of city parks to visit, such as the pretty St. Stephen’s Green and the expansive Phoenix Park, which is also home to Dublin Zoo. Or you can roam around the National Museum of Ireland to learn more about Ireland’s rich heritage and culture.

Of course, no visit would be complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse, consistently ranked top of Ireland’s visitor attractions. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Dublin!

Other activities…

If you prefer to stay onsite, you’ll have access to an adventure centre, offering you a wide range of activities to choose from, including kayaking, orienteering and archery (subject to pre-booking and availability).

Gym & Pool

If you’re keen on health and fitness or you simply love a relaxing dip in the pool, you’ll be pleased to know that all resident guests at Avon Rí have complimentary access to the Swimming Pool/Spa and Gym areas throughout their stay.