The Pyramid Tomb

Entrance to the Tomb
Entrance to the Tomb

On the outskirts of the town of Arklow is one of the most extraordinary historical monuments to be found in Wicklow. This is a pyramid tomb, built over a crypt in a deserted, ruined graveyard.

This tomb complex was built in 1785 by the then Viscount Wicklow. This sort of complex is almost certainly associated with 18th century Freemasonry, which was particularly popular with the Anglo-Irish landed-gentry of Wicklow.

Looking from the South-East
Looking from the South-East

It has to be said that this period of Irish history has been largely ignored and has much bearing on the notorious (possibly not deservedly so) "Hell-Fire Club" in the Dublin Mountains along the near the Wicklow border.

Visiting the pyramid is a must for anyone interested in the history of Neoclassical architecture, or Freemasonry.

How to get there:

Take the North access road into Arklow and proceed towards the town until you reach a small junction with a road to the right at a car dealership. This leads to a quiet road with a good surface that is, in effect, a long cul-de-sac. Drive past the industrial estate until you come to a more rural area with a very good road surface.

The Tomb's Inscription
The Tomb's Inscription

The Pyramid is incredibly well-hidden and finding it requires careful observation as it is not easy to see from the road, despite its enormous size. But you will notice a little area on the left where a car can quite easily pull in, with a little earthen bank with a track through it: this leads directly to the Pyramid Tomb.