Carlow Arts Festival’s HQ is situated in Carlow’s town centre, within the grounds of Carlow College St Patrick’s. A pedestrian entrance is located on College Street, beside Carlow Cathedral.
How to get here
Carlow Arts Festival’s HQ in the grounds of Carlow College is a 10 minute walk from Carlow Bus Park. On leaving the bus park, turn right and walk along Barrack Street. You will pass the entrance to Fairgreen Shopping Centre on your right and Carpenters Lounge on your left. At the major road junction, cross the road and turn left onto Tullow Street. Continue on, and you will pass Teach Dolmain Pub on your right and Carlow Library. After Carlow Library immediately turn right onto College Street – we are located 100 metres down, on the right hand-side, in the grounds of Carlow College. You will pass Carlow Cathedral on your right and the pedestrian entrance to the College.
The Dublin – Waterford rail line serves Carlow. See Irish Rails for timetables and ticket booking. Carlow Arts Festival’s HQ is located just 5 minutes walking distance from Carlow Train Station. On leaving the train station, walk straight ahead, passing St. Mary’s Academy CBS Secondary Boys School on your right. Continue on, and follow the road around to your left passing St. Leo’s Convent of Mercy Secondary School on your left. The entrance to VISUAL is just a little further on your left. This will bring you to the rear of the festival site - follow the pathway around to the front entrance.
Carlow town is located just 5 minutes from the M7 / M9 Dublin-Waterford motorway exit. On exiting the Motorway at Junction 4, follow the signs for Carlow, going straight through 3 roundabouts. At the fourth roundabout, located at Dr. Cullen Park GAA grounds, go straight through it and then take an immediate right signposted Old Dublin Road. Follow this road for approximately one mile until you pass St. Leo’s Convent of Mercy Secondary School on the left. The entrance to VISUAL, at the rear of the fesitval site, is a little further on the left just before the Courthouse.
There is limited car parking space on site. Please see the list below for alternative parking.
If you're coming to the festival, here's a list of carparks within easy walking distance to Carlow College, St. Patrick's
Carlow Shopping Centre Parking
Dinn Ri Hotel Parking
Town Hall Car Park
Royal Car Park, Tullow street
Shamrock Plaza Carpark
The Irishmans Carpark
Carlow Train Station Carpark
Greenbank Rd Carpark