Hidden Valley Holiday Park offers an extensive range of on-site and off-site activities to ensure that your stay with us is as exhilarating, relaxing or fun-filled as you want it to be. Whether you’re a keen angler, looking for a tranquil spot to layout or you simply want a way to keep the kids entertained, you’ll find Hidden Valley Holiday Park the ideal place to indulge in your favourite pastime – or perhaps to try something completely new!
As well as our extensive on-site facilities, such as our Kid’s Outdoor Adventure Fun Park, we can arrange off-site activities that will ensure your stay in County Wicklow is truly unforgettable. We can advise you on where to go for beautiful walking trails and idyllic picnic spots, all within close reach of our park.
Please click on each of the activities available to find out more. If you don’t see your favourite pastime on the list, feel free to drop us an email.
Day Visitor rates are €5.00 per person. Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cafe on site open daily during July and August for hot food, cold drinks, sweets, ice cream and more! Also open most weekends during low season.
Laundry room with washer/dryer facilities and a large washing sink. Washing powder is available for sale in reception. Campers Kitchen with washing-up sinks, hot and cold water and electric hobs for cooking. Disposable BBQs are available from reception. Pets are welcome camping as long as they are kept on a lead at all times and supervised by an adult at all times. We do not allow pets inside any of our accommodations.
Please Note: Not all activities are available in low season.
As well as the soothing trickle of the Avonmore River flowing through the park, we have our own private lake. Kayaks and paddle boats can both be hired out on the lake: we offer both single and double sit-on-top Ocean Kayaks and our paddle boats accommodate up to four passengers. Safety is our first priority, so all gear and life-jackets are provided.
Kayaks are €6 per hour (single or double kayak). Paddle Boats are €6 per 30 minutes (max 4 people)
Flowing through Hidden Valley Holiday Park, the Avonmore River rises at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains and flows in a south-easterly direction through a mountainous landscape for approximately 20 miles before joining the Avonbeg River at the ‘Meeting of the Waters’, 1.5 miles upstream of Avoca. Made up of stretches that alternate between deep, slow-flowing glides to areas of fast-flowing riffle and run areas culminating in deep pools, the river holds large stocks of wild brown trout. Fishing is available on site and on forest trails along the riverbank.
Fishing season runs from March 15th to September 30th, although the best fishing periods are spring (March-May) and early autumn (late August-September).
Hidden Valley Fishing Permits: 1 day €5.00, 2 days €8.00, 7 days €27.00
This water is controlled by The Rathdrum Environment and Trout Anglers Association and riparian owners.
The newest and most exciting laser combat facility is now open in County Wicklow.
Laser tag use the latest digital laser guns to provide the ultimate laser combat experience. Challenging missions are suited for all ages 6 years old and up.
Laser tag equipment is the same equipment that is used by the army/military for military training exercises. The infrared dot scope is accurate up to 400 metres!
MP5 – The MP5 was designed with the help from actual Special Forces team operators. This gun is both light (2.13kg/4.7lbs) and agile allowing for quick targeting and reaction. This sub machine gun is an ideal assault weapon for special operations capable of fully automatic fire and a weapon range of 400 mtrs. The unit is equipped with triple head sensors for 360 degree hit accuracy. The MP5 comes with 30mm red dot scope for accurate targeting, sharp LCD gun stats and adjustable stock.
XM7 – The XM7 is a high quality gun suited for the younger player weighing in at just 1.3kg/2.9lbs. This unit is built from high grade alloy and comes with adjustable stock and strategic scope. The XM7 has a weapon range of 150 mtrs. The unit is equipped with triple head sensors for 360 degree hit accuracy.
Capture the Enemy Flag – Your mission is to capture the enemy flag which is flying over their base camp. This is not an easy task as the territory is open to all players. Strategic planning, skill and speed are all required to defend your flag from the enemy while simultaneously trying to capture the enemy flag.
Total Elimination – You are a Special Forces patrol that has been dropped behind enemy lines. Your mission is simple – “Total Elimination of the Enemy.”
Hostage Rescue – The enemy has a member of your team held hostage. Your mission is to rescue the hostage and return the hostage safely to your base camp alive. Tactical planning is imperative to this mission.
Open from 10am right through to dusk, our playground is only suitable for children up to age 12 (sorry, grown-ups!)
Free for guests staying on the park.
Birthday Party Rates
€ 5.00 per child – includes Kid’s Outdoor Fun Park
€ 8.00 per child – includes Kid’s Outdoor Fun Park, 30 minutes on kayaks and 1 turn on bumper boats
€10.00 per child – includes Kid’s Outdoor Fun Park, 1 hour on kayaks and 1 round of adventure mini golf
Optional Extras (can be added to €8.00 package above):
€2.00 bungee trampolines
€2.00 rock climbing wall
€ 5.00 per child – includes drink, chips and choice of hamburger, chicken nuggets, sausages or fish sticks
Birthday parties must be booked in advance.
Available 7 days a week between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Birthday parties are booked in 3 hour slots.
Combat Laser Tag Birthday Parties
Combat Laser Tag is offered most Saturdays, and during high season it’s offered a few days a week.
Each session runs a full 2 hours. All equipment is brand new. Suitable for children ages 6 and up.
Open daily from Easter weekend: Have fun bumping into each other on these boats!
Fancy a kick about? Organised football (soccer) matches are on offer a few days each week during July and August.
Run by our activities team, and suitable for children ages 4-12, these matches ensure all children are given the opportunity to play, tackle and score. These matches enable children to meet other children their own age and to focus on developing teamwork, leadership skills and social skills.
Children need to sign up in reception on the day they wish to participate.
Cinema nights begin from the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. From this weekend on, the cinema is open at weekends and during high season.
Cinema starts at 7 p.m. sharp, so don’t be late!
Large bean bags provided for seating with surround sound and large projector screen.
Clara Lara Fun Park
If our Kid’s Outdoor Adventure Park looks fun, just wait until you get to the Clara Lara Fun Park! This family outdoor adventure park has an abundance of activities including waterslides, boating lakes, tree houses, playgrounds, assault courses and go-carts. This 100-acre fun park, set amongst breathtaking scenery, is just minutes away.
Annamoe Trout Farm
Annamoe Trout Farm offers a well-stocked, 4-acre lake for fly-fishing and a separate junior bate fishing pond. The trout fishery is set on the banks of the Avonmore River between Roundwood and Laragh. Rod hire and bait are available. The park also offers adventure play areas, rafts and canoes.
Brittas Bay Beach
Brittas Bay is one of the finest beaches on the east coast of Ireland. This award-winning beach offers 5km (3 miles) of beautiful, clean beaches and white sand dunes. The beach has won a European Union (EU) Blue Flag for five consecutive years. Ideal for swimming, bathing, sailing, and walking, it is home to native wildlife species and plants.
Greenan Museum and Maze
A popular attraction in beautiful countryside, the museum offers tearooms, animals, craft shops – if you can find your way out of the maze of course! Nature walks and exhibits dating back over 100 years ago when traditional hill farming was horse-powered.
Avondale house, of 18th century design, is situated amid the beautiful surroundings of Avondale Forest Park in Rathdrum. Built by Samuel Hayes in 1779, this two-storey house is now a museum to the memory of one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history, Charles Stewart Parnell. The extensive grounds are well-marked with nature and trekking trails. See our ‘Activities’ page for more details.
The Motte Stone
The fabled Motte Stone, a remnant of the last ice age, perches on the summit of the 800-foot high Croneblane Ridge. A single, solid quartzite boulder, it oversees the Wicklow Mountains and five of the counties of Ireland. Measuring nearly three metres in diameter, local legend suggests that the Motte Stone is not the result of glacial erosion, but that it belonged to a local giant. The view from the stone is incomparable: on a clear day, it seems that the whole of Ireland is at your feet.
Meeting of the Waters
Inspiring enough for poet Thomas Moore to pen an ode to, the Meeting of the Waters is the point at which the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers come together to form the Avoca River. Here, you will find a tranquil spot for a picnic, as well as a thriving Irish pub with live music and cold Guinness.
Meaning literally ‘Valley of Two Lakes’, the Glendalough valley features an ancient monastery founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century built on the wooded slopes of a valley with two clear water lakes beneath the sheer cliffs. Attractions include the church of St. Kevin, a full round tower and St Kevin’s cross. St Kevin’s bed – where St Kevin is alleged to have lived as a hermit – cannot be accessed due to its difficult location, but it can be seen from the east bank of the upper lake. The monastic settlement has been a centre for pilgrims and visitors since its foundation and the surrounding valley provides a plethora of enticing walks and treks for all ages and abilities.
Mount Usher Gardens
These intricate, beautiful gardens are a perfect example of the splendour of Wicklow’s past. With plants and trees dating from 1860, the gardens comprise 20 acres of breathtaking flowers, lawns, glades and shrubbery. The River Varty threads slowly through the garden, forming the foundation of the exquisite scenery: elegant suspension bridges, delicate cascades and over 5000 different species of plants from all over the world.
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
Not just for the history buffs, this imposing gaol has been on its present site since 1702. Until 1924, thousands of prisoners of all ages have passed through its doors. The dark recesses of humanity still seem to linger the corridors and cells, and spooky night tours are available upon request. A graphic exhibition portrays the life during the gaol’s turbulent history, including the 1798 rebellion, the potato famine, life in the gaol during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and transportation to the penal colonies of Australia. A perfect outing for a rainy day, visitors can relive the hardship of enforced labour in the gaol’s yard area and the insufferable loneliness of the claustrophobic cells.
Bridgewater Shopping Centre
For those rainy days, why not head out to the Bridgewater Centre in Arklow for a movie, shopping and lunch? This contemporary shopping centre offers top names in fashion and a number of eatery options all under one roof. The nine-screen multiplex shows all the latest blockbuster movies. Parking is available and Arklow Town is just a short walk away over the bridge.
Restaurants & Pubs in Rathdrum
Full of character, a gorgeous menu and an extensive wine list. Bates is not to be missed. Reservations highly recommended. 0404 29988
Pub and lounge with a friendly atmosphere and music on various nights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner available. Good food and good price. 0404 46282
Relax and have a laugh at this well known pub. The walls are decorated with photographs and cartoons of many leading Irish and international cartoonists. Quaint and cosy.
The Coffin Shed
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly staff, open fire and comfortable setting.
The Corner House and Geoghegan’s
Well known pub and lounge. Entertainment on various nights. Friendly staff.
McGowan’s Lounge Bar
Entertainment on various nights.
The Railway Bar
Various types of entertainment from bands to karaoke to sing alongs.
Lucky Fortune Chinese Takeaway
Delivers to the campsite. Great food – especially the aromatic duck. You will not be disappointed.
Recommended restaurants nearby:
- Mickey Finn’s Restaurant & Wicklow Brewery, Redcross, Co. Wicklow – www.wicklowbrewery.ie
- Romany Stone, Ashford, Co. Wicklow
- The Heather, Laragh, Co. Wicklow
- Wood’s Restaurant, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow
- Christies Pub & Restaurant, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
- Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford, Co. Wicklow
- Strawberry Tree, Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow