Travel advisory

Please be aware of any coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories and review updates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to the unprecedented volume of travel disruptions, refunds may take up to 30 days to process.

Our Global Adventure on trover

Carlow Hotels

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over 1 million flights, hotels, packages, and more

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Top 10 Hotels in Carlow

Matty's Pub
3 out of 5
Royal Oak Village, Muine Bheag
Get Rates
15.35 km from city centre
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Bel appartement confortable et bon accueil de Matt

"L'appartement proposé par Matt est très confortable et bien équipé. Matt a nous y a très bien accueilli. Une bonne première étape dans notre découverte de l'Irlande."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Matty's Pub
Lorum Old Rectory
3.5 out of 5
Kilgraney, Muine Bheag, Carlow (county)
€180
per night
24 Apr-25 Apr
20.64 km from city centre
5/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)

"I wanted to stay in this location to be near my Family's history in the 1900's. The B&B was more of a home, it was very welcoming. The accommodations were wonderful. It was like being in a beautiful museum. It turns out that there was a direct connection to my family's history. Bobbie & Rebecca were ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2019

Lorum Old Rectory
Avlon House Bed & Breakfast
4 out of 5
Green Lane, Dublin Road, Carlow, Carlow
Get Rates
1.2 km from city centre
4.9/5Exceptional! (165 reviews)

"Friendly, clean and comfortable. Couldn't ask for any better"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Avlon House Bed & Breakfast
Seven Oaks Hotel
4 out of 5
Athy Road, Carlow, Carlow
Get Rates
0.56 km from city centre
4/5Very Good! (108 reviews)

"Room much improved, food and service good."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Seven Oaks Hotel
Brandon View House B&B
4 out of 5
Ballyling Lower, Graiguenamanagh, St. Mullins, Carlow
Get Rates
36.13 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)

"Our host was wonderful! The views were excellent and the facilities were clean and beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Brandon View House B&B
Luxurious Lake Retreat, Breathtaking Views! 5
Riverview, Sliguff, Muine Bheag, Carlow (county)
€136
per night
9 Apr-10 Apr
18.28 km from city centre
Luxurious Lake Retreat, Breathtaking Views! 5
Wolseley Holiday Lodges
4 out of 5
Golf & Spa Resort, Tullow, Carlow
Get Rates
14.58 km from city centre
Wolseley Holiday Lodges
The Millrace Hotel
4 out of 5
Carrigduff, Bunclody, Wexford
Get Rates
27.36 km from city centre
3.8/5Good! (155 reviews)

"This was the worst experience I have had in a hotel. The rooms were freezing cold no hot water in the morning and we had to leave our coats on while eating in the bar because it was so cold."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2018

The Millrace Hotel
Woodford Dolmen Hotel
3 out of 5
Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Carlow
€59
per night
6 Apr-7 Apr
2.92 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (154 reviews)

"A great stay for a quick stop. The area is beautiful and the scenery out the window was lovely to wake up to. The room was fitted for our family and the breakfast was a delight to enjoy. This is a great place to stay outside of Carlow."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Woodford Dolmen Hotel
Step House Hotel
4 out of 5
Borris, Borris, Co. Carlow
€140
per night
22 Apr-23 Apr
26.17 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)

"Step house very clean, the gardens are fab, its very relaxing. Would have liked to see more veggie options only 2 to choose from."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2019

Step House Hotel
Can't see what you're looking for?
See all available properties in Carlow
View all properties
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Pocket Guide: Carlow

Carlow may be small, but it certainly has a big heart, and this historic area has so much to offer visitors, including scenic walking trails, activity breaks, ancient sites and stunning gardens. If you’re looking for a short break in Ireland then a holiday Carlow could be just what you need.

Enjoy One of the Many Trails

Carlow has several wonderful trails to explore, each offering something unique to your Carlow experience, and taking you across the length and breadth of the county - although with Carlow being Ireland’s second-smallest county, you won’t take long driving from one side to another.

Among the popular trails waiting for visitors are the South Carlow Adventure Trail, the Carlow Garden Trail, the Carlow Food Trail and the Mount Leinster Heritage Drive. With the Blackstair Mountains and River Barrow providing ample activities and spectacular scenery to enjoy in Carlow, if you’re a first-time visitor to the county, you’ll wonder why it took so long to get here.

Ireland’s second-longest river, the River Barrow runs along the border of Carlow with several scenic viewing points in the county. With a range of short walks to enjoy, you can really escape from it all by walking along the River Barrow. If you fancy something more challenging, the River Barrow Way is a 115km walk that starts in Lowtown, Kildare, and ends in St Mullins, Carlow.

Walking in the Blackstair Mountains

The scenic Blackstair Mountains, which separate Carlow and Wexford, have several walking routes to enjoy, with something for all abilities, but do make sure to have appropriate footwear. Among the most popular treks are the Mount Leinster walk, which will see you scale Carlow’s highest peak, as well as the 11.5km Black Rock Mountain Loop. While exploring this mountainous terrain, be sure to visit the Nine Stones Viewing Point where you can enjoy views over eight counties including Kildare, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Waterford.

Drive the Mount Leinster Heritage Drive

Due to its size, Carlow is a county that can be easily explored in a couple of days, and the Mount Leinster Heritage Drive is one of the best ways to do this. The 75km driving route takes you through the beautiful Carlow countryside as you explore the towns and villages of Borris, Bunclody, Clonegal, Fenagh and Bagenalstown. This drive will take you to some of Carlow’s most spectacular homes and gardens, while the Carlow Garden Trail, which can be explored alongside the heritage drive, has over 20 picturesque gardens to enjoy.

Some of the popular sites to visit when driving the Mount Leinster Heritage Drive are Borris House, Huntington Castle and Gardens and the Altamont Gardens. There are also several ancient heritage sites and ruins along this driving route, with Ballymoon Castle, Rudkins Mills and Leighlinbridge Castle all worth taking the time to visit.

5,000 Years of History at Brownshill Dolmen

Take a detour from the Mount Leinster Heritage Trail and discover some 5,000 years of history at the megalithic site of Brownshill Dolmen. This prehistoric tomb is just a short drive from Carlow Town and is the largest tomb of its kind in Europe, and acts as a tribute to Ireland’s first farming communities.

Enjoy Carlow Town

The best way to explore Carlow Town is on foot, so leave the car and enjoy the popular Carlow Town Walk. The walk takes you face to face with many famous sites and monuments in the town including The Liberty Tree, Carlow Castle, Carlow County Museum and St Mary’s Church of Ireland.

For beer fans visiting the county, be sure to make a pitstop in Moneybeg and enjoy a tour of the Carlow Brewing Company, one of Ireland’s top craft beer companies.

Carlow Town has many great accommodation options, while there are hotels to suit all budgets in Carlow that will have you well placed to set off exploring the county.

More trip options

Recent Reviews in Carlow