08 June 2012

Things To Do In Dublin: Head For The Hills, and Visit Victoria's Way

Victoria's Way Sculpture and Philosophy Park Dublin


What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than on a philosophical journey from birth to death, amongst the trees, wildflowers and bog lands of this sculpture park in the Wicklow mountains? Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite discoveries, a genuine hidden gem that I was lucky enough to stumble across while en route to a kiddies fun park.
 
Victoria's Way is the creation of owner Victor Langheld, whose vision has been brought to life by a team of Indian sculptors. This 22 acre park now houses more than 20 colossal sculptures, including a host of giant granite elephants, an emaciated Buddha, a capsized ferryman and a gigantic finger, to name but a few. They're all created in India and shipped to Ireland at the owner's personal expense.
 
The park is open from 12.30pm to 6.00pm every day, from the end of April to mid September. Admission is €2.50 and works, like the on-site craft shop, on an honour system. Drop the coins in the allotted slot, and proceed on your merry way. It takes at least an hour to wander round.
 
And speaking of the craft shop – make sure you drop in! It’s filled with all sorts of delight’s picked up on Victor’s travels – ranging from incense to jewellery to little statues of Indian gods – and all at incredibly reasonable prices. I like to stock up on ear-rings and trinket boxes while I’m here.
 
Magical, spiritual, beautiful, serene and more than a little bonkers, Victoria's Way is all of these things and more. It's a unique and surreal experience, and well worth the trip.
For directions and more details, check out The Victoria's Way website. Fancy a trip?
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