Avoca Mill & Tour - Avoca Village
The birthplace of the Avoca experience, and the origin of our family company's name, Avoca Handweavers, this is a famous tourist destination, as well as a long time favourite among the Dublin and Wicklow communities. There's a free Visitor Centre which tells the story since 1723 and a Mill Tour where you meet the weavers at work. See our short film below.
Built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, you'll find a large Avoca Store and Café, and a working handweaving mill. Our Mill itself dates from 1723, and is said to be the oldest extant manufacturer in Ireland and, indeed, one of the world's oldest. We've a lovely short film about how our family came to be involved in Our History here.
Many of the throws, rugs and scarves you'll find in our stores are woven here at the Avoca Mill. Initially it took the raw wool from the sheep of the surrounding hills and valleys and through a process of carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving transformed it into clothing and blankets for barter and sale. Visitors are welcome to view the whole weaving process at first hand with a Tour of the Mill. Admission is free and it is a great opportunity to see a working mill and to view the finished product in the store afterwards.
The original whitewashed buildings of the old mill now house the store which carries an extensive selection of Avoca favourites - clothing, soft furnishing, gifts, food from the Avoca Pantry range and, as with all our shops, much more besides. And of course, a cafe too, which is famous for its delicious lunches and home baking. Bus and Tour Parties can also book The Hay Loft, a lovely bright dining room specifically held for larger groups. The picturesque village of Avoca itself was the fictional home of BBC TV's Ballykissangel. Overall, the warm and friendly atmosphere in this charming and historical location makes the visit to Avoca a wonderful experience.