Heritage & Culture

Carlow is steeped in heritage and culture, no matter what corner of the county you turn you will find something of historical importance. Below are but a few of the local items of interest


The Brownshill Dolmen

The Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb situated 3 km east of Carlow, in County Carlow. It lies just off the R726 regional road and is clearly visible from the road. The capstone at Brownshill, weighing an estimated 100 metric tons, is reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. The tomb is listed as a National Monument


Carlow Castle

The earliest written record of this castle is from 1231 but it does not name its builder. It is widely assumed that the castle was built by William Marshal the elder in the time period between 1207 and 1213 which he spent in Ireland.  The castle in Carlow was the very first of its kind in Ireland.


Visual Carlow

VISUAL is an iconic multi-disciplinary arts centre in the heart of Carlow Town, with four world class gallery spaces and a 335-seat performance space. VISUAL’s mission is to create a space for audiences, artists and communities to engage with, explore and be inspired by contemporary art and performance, and to work innovatively and collaboratively to contribute to the long term cultural, social and economic development of the region.


Carlow Arts Festival 

The festival is a celebration of the many extraordinary riches the arts has to offer from national and international artists.We have hand-picked world festival premières, award-winning shows, immersive visual arts projects, the best possible gigs for the O’Haras Pavilion and a whole host of family-friendly and free events.