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High Wooden Footbridge Among the Trees in the Forrest

Beyond the Trees Avondale - Tree Top Walk

Stunning Landscapes
Geography & Nature
Environment & Sustainability
Great Outdoors

Visit beautiful Avondale Forest Park and climb Beyond the Trees on the longest treetop walk in Ireland


Where is Avondale Forest Park?


Avondale Forest Park is a glorious wooded estate in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is on the outskirts of pretty Rathdrum village, just 90 minutes from Dublin and where Beyond the Trees is located.


It is a special place where nature and science, the past and future, all live harmoniously. The park is resplendent with mighty Sequoias (Giant Redwoods), yew, larch, fir, oak, and spruce trees.




What is Beyond the Trees?


  • A new world-class visitor attraction committed to practicing and promoting sustainable tourism.
  • It is the longest treetop walk in Ireland consisting of a unique, architecturally stunning 12-storey tower amid a grove of eucalyptus trees.
  • Featuring an elevated 1.4 km-long spiral boardwalk, visitors can walk around the tower until they reach a spectacular viewing platform 38 metres above the forest floor.
  • Sweeping, panoramic views over the Wicklow Mountains, the Avonmore River, and the Vale of Avoca can be enjoyed from the top.




How do you get down from the Tree Top Walk and Viewing Tower?


When you finish leaf-peeping, you can take a fast way down (weather permitting) via a giant spiral slide in the middle of the tower. You can, of course, enjoy a gentle walk back down the boardwalk. However, whizzing down the slide is much more fun.


What else can your group do at Avondale Forest Park?

  • Relax and have a picnic in the tranquil gardens
  • Wander the walking trails through the splendid forest
  • Take a guided tour of the historic 18th-century Avondale House
  • Explore the terrific immersive exhibitions at the Coillte Pavilion
  • Learn how to protect forests for future generations
  • Discover the essential role forests play for people, wildlife, and the climate


Top Tip:

We recommend exploring Avondale Forest Park on one of the wonderful walking trails


Tour Highlight:

A visit is an innovative way for your school tour group to learn about sustainability, biodiversity and climate action and to be surrounded by nature and immersed in Irish history.


Insider Tip:

Bring a packed lunch and enjoy eating al fresco at the picnic tables and benches, or we can pre-book lunch for your school group in the Seed Cafe inside Avondale Forest Park.


Visiting Avondale with CGH:

  • On a full day trip - you can spend the day in Avondale Forest Park after the experience including one of the forest trails.
  • On a day trip combining it with a visit to Glendalough, located only 30 minutes from Avondale Forest Park.


Contact CGH

Would you like to book the Beyond the Trees self-guided experience for your student group tour? If so, contact us now to discuss your requirements or complete the online activity booking form



Walking routes at Avondale Forrest Park
Route Details

>Below the Trees Walk

800m – 15min – Easy.

>Multi-Access Loop

1.2km – 30min – Easy

>The Railway Walk

2km – 45min – Moderate

>Pedestrian Access from Rathdrum

2km – 45min – Moderate

>To the Cairn Walk

3km – 1hr – Moderate

>The River Walk

5km – 1hr 45min – Strenuous

Photo Gallery
Drone view of the woodland hills, treetop footbridge and buildings around Avondale
Drone View of the Wooden Footbridge Among the Trees with a small river flowing alongside
Drone view of the recreational  footbridge elevated to the tree tops
Wooden Footbridge Above the Forrest
Wooden and steel lightweight constructed modern build viewing tower among the trees
The end bottom part of the giant slide tube on a modem circular tower
Birdseye view of the giant wooden and steel slide tower
Inside Exhibition Pavilon Made of Wood with Nature Related Exhibits and Decoration Glass Wall on the Right of The Picture with Big Open Door - Sunny Outside
Outdoor nature info display on the forest trail
Lightweight modern build pavilion with glass wall and tables in the middle
Useful Information
Opening Times

November, December, January and February
Thursday to Monday 10.00 until 15:30 hrs.
Last Admission at 14.30 hrs.

March, April and May
Monday to Sunday 09.30 until 17:00 hrs.
Last Admission at 16.00 hrs.

June, July, August and September
Monday to Sunday 09.30 until 19.00 hrs.
Last Admission at 18.00 hrs.

October - Monday to Sunday 09:30 until 18:00 hrs.
Last Admission at 17.00 hrs.



We recommend allowing 1.5 hours for the Tree Top Walk and Viewing Tower and an additional 1.5 hours for exploring Avondale Forest Park.

Notes for Group Leaders

A self-guided visit does not include access to the slide. However, you can book the slide directly on the day for €2.00 per person (weather permissible).



Beyond the Trees Avondale, Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, A67 P303.

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