We have a reduced number of events this year. We may organise an event at short notice; this will be advertised on our Facebook page.

All our events are Free of Charge.

For more information about any event, or to book (if booking is required) please phone the Education Centre (0404 45656) or the Information Office (0404 45425).

If you wish to receive notifications by email of upcoming events, please email us at


Star Gazing with the Irish Astronomical Society

Date: To be confirmed. Autumn.

Location: Upper Lake , Glendalough

Parking: Park at the Upper Lake Car Park (A98W778). Parking charge applies.

The Irish Astronomical Society have kindly agreed to host a start gazing event at Glendalough this autumn. However, the date shall be decided at short notice, when weather conditions are known.

If you are interested in this event, please email us. We shall send out notifications 2-3 days in advance.

Free of charge. Booking is required. This event is weather dependent. Please bring a torch and insect repellent. For more information, please phone 0404 45425.

Native Tree Identification

11 a.m. Sunday 18th September

11 a.m. Thursday 22nd September

Join a National Parks & Wildlife Service guide and discover how to identify some of the native trees growing in the Upper Lake area of Glendalough. We will also talk about some of their folklore, propagation and threats. This walk is being repeated on two separate dates.

Location: Meet at the National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough, A98R221, (located 200 m south of the Upper Lake car park).

Time & Duration: 11 a.m. The walk lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Parking: Park at the Upper Lake Car Park (A98W778). Parking charge applies.

Practicalities: Mostly walking on the flat valley floor along hard surfaced paths and areas of grass. Dress for the outdoors and bring waterproofs just in case. This is a free event. Except for guide or assistance dogs, dogs are not permitted on National Park events.

Booking: Free of charge, but booking is essential. To book, email

Rut Watch

Sunday 16 October 2022 (between 11am and 4pm)

Wicklow is home to a large population of wild deer. They are particularly impressive in autumn when they ‘rut’. National Park staff shall have telescopes set up on the Spinc walking trail between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone walking on this route is welcome to stop by, view the deer through the telescopes and discuss the deer and their ecology with our staff.

Location: The Spinc walking trail (white arrows), Glendalough. Participants are advised to visit to the Information Office (Upper Lake, Glendalough) to get directions to the telescopes before setting out.

Practicalities: The Spinc trail takes 3 hours. All are welcome, although the hike may be too long for young children. Please note, that participants will not be escorted on the hike. Hiking boots and rain gear are recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them. All dogs must be kept on leads. This event is free of charge, but please be aware that the Upper Lake car park (Wicklow Co. Co.) has a €4 charge.

Booking: Booking is not necessary. For more information, please phone 0404 45656 (Monday to Friday) or 0404 45425 (weekends).