Knockree Youth Hostel
Just off the famous Wicklow Way trail – either on the first stage or the last stage (depending on which direction you walk the Way!) is the rebuilt luxury Knockree Hostel, one of our most popular modern hostels. The original Hostel, which opened its doors in 1938 was an 18th century farmhouse, which is incorporated into the rebuild.
Knockree is a hostel that appeals to many types of travellers and guests. It’s suitable for the individual hiker, couples, families, groups, conferencing and functions. Our ‘Double Deluxe Room’ commands a panoramic view of the fantastic scenery! Knockree Hostel is in a unique location in the Glencree Valley facing Maulin mountain to the south-east and the ‘Sugarloaf’ mountain to the east. The Wicklow Way passes through the land below the hostel, along the banks of the picturesque Glencree River, and so the hostel is the ideal location for hillwalkers and nature lovers alike.
At just over an hour from Dublin, this hostel is popular with Dubliners looking to get away from the city, into the hills and back to nature! Surprisingly for its proximity to Dublin, it is an ideal rural retreat for those who want to ‘get away from it all’. The nearest village is Enniskerry (7.5km) from the hostel. Enniskerry, home to the famous Powerscourt Estate is one of the prettiest Victorian villages in Ireland.
Knockree Hostel boasts varied accommodation, including en-suite rooms, family rooms, wheelchair accessible rooms, dormitory rooms, meeting-room/conferencing area, large-capacity dining-hall, TV-relaxation room with log fire, guest kitchen and restaurant for groups (pre-booked only).
We serve a range of breakfasts which can be ordered at check-in.
Lunches and Evening meals can be pre-ordered (minimum 4 day’s notice) for 6 or more guests. We have a range of options. Please ask for menus.
If you’re short of anything or would like a bite to eat – ask about our “mini-shop” which stocks a supply of foodstuffs and toiletries too!
Knockree Hostel is fast becoming one of our most popular hostels with families so be sure to get your booking in early so you can experience the ‘Garden of Ireland’ in one of its best hostels in Wicklow.
Opening Times and Dates
OPENING DATES: All Year Round
RECEPTION OPEN: April – October 07:30 – 22:30 November – March 08:00 – 21:30 24-hour keycard access.
CHECK-IN TIMES: April-October: 15:30 – 22:00 November – March 15:30 – 21:00
You’ll find the best cheap accommodation in Wicklow in Knockree Hostel and the best hostel in terms of the quality of your stay!
Our manager Andrew Hyland will be happy to welcome you to the hostel!
ADDRESS: Knockree Youth Hostel, Lackan House, Lackandarragh, Enniskerry, County Wicklow
For Bookings and General hostel enquiries contact:
HOSTEL PHONE: +353 (0)1 276 7981
Alternatively, FOR BOOKINGS: +353 (0)1 830 4555
or EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re sure you can navigate around yourself – but here’s a helping hand with plenty of travel choices available!
Decimal: Latitude 53.172922 N Longitude -6.217918 W
Minutes & Hours: Latitude 53°10’25.5″N Longitude 6°13’04.5″W
By car / Minibus / Coach
1. Follow Directions to Enniskerry Village
2. From Enniskerry Village, follow Directions to Hostel
Directions To Enniskerry Village
From Dublin West – Take M50 Southbound from Junction 9 (Red Cow)
From North & Dublin Airport : Take M1 Southbound onto M50 (pass Junction 9)
From Dublin City (North) & Dublin International Hostel : M50 Southbound.
M50 Southbound all the way onto N11 Southbound, past Bray North, then take Exit 7 at Bray South, signed for Greystones & Enniskerry. Then follow directions below from Exit 7
From Dublin Port: Alexandra Road out of port then left onto R801 (always heading southbound) over East Wall toll bridge onto East Wall Road (R131) – Stay on R131 along Beach Road in Sandymount until railway crossing, keep left onto Merrion Road (R118) approx 2 miles, until you see turn for N11 signposted to the right. This is Booterstown Avenue at the top of which you turn LEFT for N11 heading southbound (signposted Bray/Wicklow/Wexford) Once on N11 continue until Exit 7 (past Bray North) – Further directions below from Exit 7
From Dublin South City: N11 Southbound then follow below directions from Exit 7.
From EXIT 7 : onto roundabout and take last exit (right) off the roundabout signposted Dublin and Enniskerry and cross the flyover onto another roundabout then take the last exit down slipway onto N11 Northbound (direction Dublin), stay in slip-lane 100 metres then immediate next left – Exit 6A – onto the ’21-bends’ the R767 – direction Glencree also signposted for Powerscourt – – to Enniskerry village.
From South or South East (Bray South/Wicklow/Arklow/Wexford/Rosslare)
N11 Northbound: (direction Dublin) past 1st exit ramp for Bray (South) turn off left at Exit 6A (before green iron footbridge ) onto the R767 (the ’21 bends’) – to Enniskerry village, also signposted for Powerscourt.
From Dublin Road: northbound turn left onto Old Connaught Ave, (if coming southbound into Bray turn right at junction), then left at Old Conna Village junction with Thorndale Rd (signposted St Gerards School) then sharp right onto Ballymaan Road (signposted Old Dunlaoghaire Golf Club) continue 2,5km then left at T-junction Monastery Cross (OLD Texaco Garage site ) 1km downhill into Enniskerry village
From Old Dublin Road( in/out of Loughlinstown/Shankill) onto Stonebridge Road or Old Bray Road from Woodbrook onto Crinken/Ballybride Road /Ferndale Road, Rathmichael Road (right of Rathmichael Church) onto Ballycorus Road, at junction with lights at Ballycorus –Kilternan turn left onto old Enniskerry Road to Monastery Cross (OLD Texaco Garage site) then veer left of the garage, continue downhill 1km into Enniskerry Village
From Enniskerry Village to Hostel – Approx 14 minutes drive
From Enniskerry Village – Take a right fork at the Monument (the Spar Shop will be on your right).Head in the direction of Glencree and travel past the Fruit and Veg shop on the left. Continue uphill 3km /2 miles on Kilgarron Hill through Kilmolin onto Glencree Drive. Continue another 2.5 km (under 2 miles) and you’ll see Brook Cottage Guest House on left, and Cherryhill Farm on right. Continue until you see flagpoles on your left and the Hostel on your right-hand side.
By car, small bus or minibus or on foot from bus-stop (see Coach directions below)
Just past Cherryhill Farm House:
Take the next Left Turn (It is the only signposted left turn since Enniskerry village) posted for ‘Waterfall’, Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. Downhill approx 1km. At T-junction facing Old Annacrivey Schoolhouse, you also are facing a blue pole marked ‘Hostel’, and signposted on your right downhill for ‘Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. It is a sharp right here downhill, over a little bridge, back uphill past Oak Lawn Guest House on left, a few houses on each side, a new bungalow ‘Finns Meadow’ on left followed by a blind bend to the left at Knockree Cottage with the pillars for Knockbawn House on the right, (the road here becomes very narrow) continue on past Glaskenny Stables & Farm on your left, approx another 1km further you will find the Hostel on the right-hand side. Note the Car Park is BEHIND the building – go past it and take the next entrance. You may not leave cars on the roadside.
Do not take the first Left Turn (signposted for the Hostel and Waterfall and Oak Lawn as above). Continue up the Glencree Drive, approx 2.5km further, passing Curtlestown School and Church on right and Curtlestown Woods on right. The ‘Wicklow Way’ travels along this road a short distance from the exit at Curtlestown Woods (on your right) . You are looking for a small left turn. Find Barnamire Lodge and the ‘Community Alert Area’ Sign on left, then there is a small turn left at the Hostel Sign (old-style small brown sign with hostel logo),and ‘wicklow way to Glendalough’ Sign, up a short narrow lane (just wide enough for a coach), high hedges on each side, which widens out at the top. Veer right and continue approx 3 km through the valley on a narrow road until you reach the lay-by/turning-circle at Knockree Hill, which is the Wicklow Way staging point for Knockree. The Wicklow Way is signposted each side of the road. Leave Coach here and continue on foot 200m to Hostel on left .
(If you miss the turn described above and get as far as Cloon Forest on your left, turn there and come back, looking for a right turn, the Hostel sign will be past the turn)
By public transport
To Bray: nearest large town, 11k from Hostel.
Then follow directions From Bray to Hostel
OR Enniskerry : nearest village, 7k from Hostel
Then follow directions from Enniskerry Village to Hostel
From Dublin Airport: Aircoach direct from Dublin Airport to Bray Main Street
From Dublin City: Dublin Bus Route 145 from Heuston Rail Station or D’Olier Street to Kilmacanogue via Bray
DART (electric train service) from Connolly Station or Tara Street Station or Pearse Station to Bray Station
From Dublin City: Dublin Bus Route 44 from O’Connell Street to Enniskerry Village centre. Approx 70 minutes journey
From Bray to Hostel: Dublin Bus Route 185 from Bray Station or Bray Main Street to Shop River Terminus (3 k from Hostel) via Enniskerry . Follow directions below on foot from Terminus to Hostel
OR Taxi from Bray Station – BRAY CABS €20 to Hostel
From Enniskerry to Hostel: Dublin Bus Route 185 from Enniskerry Village to Shop River Terminus (3k from Hostel)
OR Taxi from Village to Hostel – ask in Powerscourt Arms pub for local driver. Approx €15 to Hostel
On foot from Terminus at Shop River to Hostel: takes 30 minutes. The Terminus is merely a bus stop at the side of the road. No shops & no amenities. It is not possible to call a taxi from there.
DO NOT DO THIS WALK IN DARKNESS. It is a rural area with no street lighting and very narrow roads. Mobile phone coverage is not available in parts of the area.
Stay on the left and walk on past Brook Cottage Guest House on left. Pass Cherryhill Farm House on right and take the next Left Turn posted for ‘Waterfall’, Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. Downhill approx 1km. At T-junction you also are facing a blue pole marked ‘Hostel’, and signposted downhill for ‘Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. You will go over a little bridge, back uphill past Oak Lawn left, a few houses on each side, a new bungalow ‘Finns Meadow’ on left followed by a blind bend to the left with stone pillars to the right. Pass Glaskenny Stables & Farm on your left, approx another 1km further you will find the Hostel on the right-hand side.
About the Hostel
Knockree Hostel boasts varied accommodation, including en-suite rooms, family rooms, wheelchair accessible rooms, dormitory rooms, meeting-room area, large-capacity dining-hall, TV-relaxation room with log fire, guest kitchen and restaurant for groups (pre-booked only).
Along with the Dublin International Hostel, Knockree holds the prestigious HI-Quality certification, making it a member of an exclusive group of Hostels around the world that have achieved this coveted certification.
Knockree Hostel is fast becoming one of our most popular hostels with families so be sure to get your booking in early so you can experience the ‘Garden of Ireland’ in one of its best hostels.
Note the Hostel does not provide Dinners/Evening Meals for individual guests, so be sure to stock up and bring food with you. Contact the hostel for advice if you have any questions about food. Our fully-equipped guest kitchen is open 24-hours where guests can prepare their own meals.
The nearest shop is 7km from the hostel, and it closes at 7pm, so be sure to purchase your supplies en-route and bring them with you!
Lunches and Evening meals can be pre-ordered (minimum 4 day’s notice) for 6 or more guests. We have a range of options. Please ask for menus and contact the Hostel or Head Office to request these.We serve a range of breakfasts which can be ordered at check-in. This consists of juice, cereal, toast, tea/coffee. We can also supply hillwalkers with a packed lunch: please ask at check-in.
YES – We have FAMILY ROOMS
YES – We have a washing machine and dryer
YES – We have a Guest Kitchen
YES – We have a TV & DVD player
YES – We have FREE Parking for guests
YES – We have Wheelchair Access
YES – We have FREE meeting room for guests (pre-booked)
YES – We have a Drying room
YES – We have Fridges for Guest use
YES – We have Self-Catering facilities
NOTE: We have LIMITED free Wi-Fi (due to location)
Mobile Phone coverage is LIMITED (due to location). Only O2 subscribers will receive service within the building.
Things to Do
Cultural and Historic
Take a picnic to the Powerscourt Waterfall. (separate access from the House and Gardens) There is an impressive adventure playground in the grounds.
Go trail-biking at Cloon Wood or on the Military Road by hiring a bike.
See Knockree Hostel’s beautiful surrounding by doing a ride at Killegar Stables in Enniskerry.
Visit the German War Cemetery at Glencree.
Take a stroll along the river bank at Knockree, or go further and explore the hills: ask at Reception for information. The hostels can provide FREE WALKING GUIDES for groups of 6 or more if you call in advance – subject to availability – they’re very popular too!
Explore Tara’s Palace and Museum of Childhood
Visit Avoca Handweavers Shop and Café at Kilmacanogue. The Avoca Fern House Restaurant was designed by the same architect who designed the Hostel rebuild!
Visit Perfumes of Ireland at Kilmacanogue.
Fancy horse riding? Try the Killegar Stables Riding School.
Looking to go skiing between September and March? Then take a look at Ski Club of Ireland Kilternan.
Copsewood Aviaries: for the kids: – birds galore and even a monkey or two!
Nearby Bray town is a bustling busy semi-urban seaside town. Take a stroll along its revamped Victorian sea-front. Follow the Cliff Walk Coastal path to Greystones. Visit the tourist office, coffee-shop, exhibition centre and theatre at the Mermaid Civic Centre.
Shoreline Leisure Swimming pool: for the whole family
Sealife Bray – The National Sea Life Centre Bray, you takes you on a journey of the deep…without getting wet! With over thirty spectacular displays including looking at Rivers of the World (watch out for piranha in the Amazon!), Giant Pacific Octopus, Nemo’s Kingdom and breathtaking (and a little scary!) Tropical Shark Lagoon, this is a great place for kids to visit to learn all about the wonders of the deep! Ask when booking with An Óige about special rates for our guests.
Killruddery House and Gardens, Bray.
A wonderful place to escape for a great day out, Killruddery has been home to the Brabazon Family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618 – the Sunday Business Post described it as “Perfect for Parents”. Close to the hostel, discover a hidden gem in our midst with so much to see and explore. Go for a leisurely walk in one of Ireland’s most renowned gardens, filled with beautiful planting and wooded areas, water features and distinctive outdoor “rooms”. While you’re there have a guided tour of the House itself and then enjoy some refreshments in the Tea Rooms.
Hosting many cultural events – the annual programme of events has everything from Falconry to Bees, the Dawn Chorus to outdoor concerts, picnic and kids events plus the launch of the Walled Garden.
Powerscourt House and Gardens. Owned by the Slazenger family, 2011 was the 50th anniversary of the family’s ownership of the Estate.
Use your Hostelling International Membership card to receive discounts in the following attractions in the area:
• Mt Usher House & Gardens – BBC’s Gardener’s World Magazine voted the Gardens here not only the most romantic in Ireland but also the best and they are one of Monty Don (celebrity gardener) included them in his top 10 favourite gardens. As with all the best gardens, throughout the year there are new delights to enjoy with every changing season. In addition to the Gardens, Mount Usher offers a delicious home-made menu in the Avoca Garden Cafe, as well as a Shopping Courtyard which is open all year round. Members can get the student rate!
• Avondale House & Gardens – One for history buffs, this beautiful Georgian House designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777, was the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. With a 500+ acres of a forest park with tree trails and walks ranging in duration from one to five hours as well as picnic areas, café, play area, book shop, and three orienteering course there’s plenty to keep you occupied! Members get 2 for the price of 1!
To complete the whole Wicklow Way, you would begin in Dublin’s southern suburb of Rathfarnham and travels in a south-south-westerly direction across the Dublin and Wicklow uplands, then through the rolling hill country of southwest County Wicklow to finish in the small, County Carlow village of Clonegal 132 kilometres (82 miles) later! Don’t worry though – this is normally broken up into stages and the whole varied walk takes the average hill-walker 8 to 10 days a combination of suburban parkland, forest trails, wild and scenic mountain landscape and finally rolling countryside. For more information on the Wicklow Way and its stages, see the official site.
Cycling: The Wicklow Way makes for a beautiful scenic cycle and you can go trail-biking at Cloon Wood which has mountain bike trails in variety of difficulty levels.
Nightlife and Eating out:
Johnnie Fox’s Pub: Claiming to be the “highest pub in Ireland”, this eccentric pub is situated in Glencullen in the Dublin mountains and is popular with locals, Dubliners and both Irish and overseas tourists – there’s rarely ever a quiet night! Johnnie Fox’s is one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous Traditional Irish pubs. There is live traditional Irish music and delicious seafood served 7 days a week.
Ask at the Hostel reception and we can book for you.
Poppies’s Restaurant: This small and cosy restaurant with good food and a great atmosphere can be found in Enniskerry. It also boasts excellent coffee and good cakes to finish off a splendid meal with sweetness! (open daytime only)
The Bistro and Mac’s Bar at the Powerscourt Arms, Enniskerry Village. An old-fashioned pub-hotel, this establishment serves high-quality pub-grub in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, 7 days a week. There is a ‘traditional’ music night during the week and regular ‘sessions’ at the weekends.
The Coach Inn, Enniskerry Village. (formerly Nancy Murphys;) A modernised interior and a great menu. Restaurant and pub-grub 6 nights (excludes Monday) and live music several nights a week.
Gordon Ramsay at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Powerscourt. An experience for foodies!
Emilia’s Ristorante, Enniskerry Village. Italian Bistro, Pasta’s and Pizzas. Open 7 nights a week , last orders 10pm.
Pandan Court, Enniskerry Village. Chinese & Thai Cuisine. This restaurant has received high praise from hostel guests. Open 7 nights a week. Also has a take-away service, with delivery to the hostel at weekends in summer season.
The Fern House at Avoca. Avoca Handweavers, Kilmacanogue. Open weekends only – booking is advised. Super food from the Avoca kitchens.
Shelbys Brasserie, Main Street, Bray . A family-owned bustling popular restaurant, Great food and an impressive early-bird menu.
Ask at the Reception for some ideas on where to go during your time in Wicklow!
As with all accommodation, prices vary depending on the season.
Please note: the prices below are indicative of the price range for the hostel – use our booking engine to get an exact price for your booking.
Keep an eye out for our packages and special offers which can save you €€€s and also, if you are a group of 10+ we also give group discounts where possible.
Lastly if you are a member of An Óige/Hostelling International, or you carry a Hostelworld Discount Card you will get a 10% discount on accomodation costs at our hostels per person, per night (see the Ts & Cs for that!). Make sure your membership card is up to date or order a new one now!
*Price for the hostel includes sheet hire*
|Room||Oct – April||May – Sept|
|U18 6 Bed Dorm||€16.50pp||€19.50pp|
|O18 6 Bed Dorm||€18pp||€21.50pp|
|5 Bed Dorm||€20.50pp||€22.50pp|
|4 Bed Room (Ensuite)||€92||€102|
|3 Bed Room (Ensuite)||€68||€72|
|2 Bed Room (Ensuite)||€52||€55|
|Honeymoon Suite (Double Bed)||€62||€65|
- Light Continental breakfast @ €5.00 pp (cereal, juice, bread, & tea/coffee, fruit)
- Mini Irish Breakfast @ €6.50 pp
- Full Irish Breakfast @ €8.00 pp
Packed Lunch @ €6.50 pp (sandwich, drink, fruit, cake & crisps)
- Light Continental breakfast @ €4.00pp groups (cereal, juice, bread, & tea/coffee, fruit)
- Mini Irish Breakfast @ €6.50 pp
- Full Irish Breakfast @ €8.00 pp
- Packed Lunch @ €6.50 pp (sandwich, drink, fruit, cake & crisps)
- Cooked lunches @ 9 euro
- 1 course – 10.00pp
- 2 course – 13.00pp
- 3 course – 15.00pp
Want to rent the Whole Hostel…?
You can rent out the whole hostel (up to 82 beds!) for special occasions (reunions, parties and even weddings!) or even if you just want the exclusive use of the facilities!
Please contact us for a Rent-a-hostel quote for exclusive use of Knockree Hostel in Wicklow. The quote will depend on group size and season.
Further discounts to your quote are available when booking for 3 nights or more. Contact email@example.com with your enquiry.
Hostel Room Details
|Double Deluxe en-suite||1|
|3 bed family en-suite||1|
|4 bed family en-suite||1|
|5 bed en-suite||4|
|6 bed dorm||6|
|Wheelchairs accessible rooms en-suite 6 bed & 4 bed||2|
|Total Number Beds||77|
You’ll find the best cheap accommodation in Wicklow in Knockree Hostel and the best hostel in terms of the quality of your stay!
Events in County Wicklow
We’ll be updating this page regularly with up-and-coming events!
Aughrim Town & Country Market
What is it? Weekly market with all sorts of products (food, plants, pottery, clothes, crafts, etc.)
When? Every Saturday, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
What: First held in 2013, Groove Festival is a family event combining music, food, and fun activities in the grounds of Kilruddery House – a wonderful place to visit at any time.
There is music on two stages, with an eclectic mix spanning a number of decades too – it’s well planned to appeal to both younger festival goers and parents.
When: 19 + 20 AUGUST 2017
Where: KILLRUDERRY HOUSE & GARDENS, BRAY, CO WICKLOW
What: The Purple House Sumo Run Ireland is a fun charity event in inflatable sumo suits with a 5km route on the seafront in Bray, Co.Wicklow on August 27th 2017 in aid of Purple House Cancer Support. The event is organised and operated by Purple House. The aim of the event is to raise funds to support families affected by Cancer in Ireland, through the work of Purple House.
What: Dive rallies are a great opportunity to explore an underwater part of Ireland that you haven’t yet visited. Events take place as follows: Northern Dive Rally, Killybegs, Co. Donegal (16-18 June), South East Dive Rally, Hook Head, Wexford (14-16 July), West Dive Rally (29-30 July) and Midlands Snorkel Rally, Clondra, Co. Longford
When: 29-30 July and 19 Aug 2017
Where: Cushbawn, Ballinaclash, Co. Wicklow
What is it? North Wicklow Country Market has been in existence for over 38 years and is a member of Country Markets Limited which have over 60 markets in Ireland. All products at the market are produced locally by members.
When? Every Saturday, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm