See and Do
From undulating countryside to rolling waves, County Wexford has it all. Rich green fields that blanket the peaceful idyll of rural Wexford slope gently downwards to a golden coast where the sand is in a timeless dance with the Irish Sea. County Wexford has been a tourism mecca for Irish people for well over 130 years now! www.visitwexford.ie
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Enjoy a hike on Mount Leinster and take in the scenic views of County Wexford from the summit. Learn to Paddleboard with Hooked Kitesurfing at Duncannon Beach or explore ‘Wild Wexford’ with a trip from Kilmore Quay to the wonderful Saltee Islands to see all of the wildlife.
Shop ’til you drop at the fantastic array of Boutiques all across Gorey, New Ross and Wexford Towns. Enjoy a family picnic on Morriscastle Strand or step aboard the Emigrant Trail in “New Ross” on the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
Enjoy some chill-out time at the stunning Johnstown Castle or take in the ‘craic at the track’ at the Wexford Races.
If you’re feeling adventurous take a “Kayak” trip with Slaney Adventure — you never know you might event meet some Rebels and Redcoats in Enniscorthy at the foot of Vinegar Hill or take to the skies …zoom along a zip wire at the Gravity Forest Park in Courtown.
Enjoy a visit to the world’s oldest operational Lighthouse on Hook Head …a romantic spot,
Take in the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life at the Irish National Heritage Park.
IRISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM AND GARDENS
Johnstown Castle Estate, Murrintown, Co Wexford.
The exquisite 19th century Johnstown Castle is nestled within fifty acres of ornamental grounds. Stroll through the wooded grounds or visit the museum and explore Irish country life from the 18th to the mid 20th century. For more information visit www.irishagrimuseum.ie
Hook Heritage, Hook Head, Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford
Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. The visitor centre at Hook Lighthouse, one of the premier visitor attractions in the south east, offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower. For more information visit www.hookheritage.ie
DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP
New Ross, Co Wexford
Dunbrody was a 19th Century three masted sailing ship that brought many emigrants from Ireland to North America during and after the Great Famine. This ship with its authentic recreation… with it’s actors, sound effects and smells, will transport you back in time… leaving a lasting impression! For further details contact Tel: 051 425239 or visit www.dunbrody.com
JOHN F KENNEDY PARK
New Ross, Co Wexford
Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It has over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world and a Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and an audio visual show. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, and is a haven for waterfowl. With beautiful panormic views, this park has a lot to offer visitors home and abroad. For further information visit: www.heritageireland.ie
THE IRISH NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK
In just one visit you can experience 9,000 years of Irish history in a fascinating setting of woodland, riverbank and native Irish dwellings. Discover how the Celtic, Norman and Viking settlers left their mark on the countryside. Their facilities include: traditionally cooked food at Fulach Fiadh Restaurant, an audio-visual presentation, guided tours and a gift and souvenir shop. For further enquiries visit: www.inhp.com
WEXFORD WILDFOWL RESERVE
North Slob, Ardcavan, Wexford
Facilities include 550 acre Wildfowl Reserve, large variety of wild birds, visitor centre and bird hides. Groups are catered for by appointment. This is wheelchair accessible. For further information visit: www.wexfordwildfowlreserve.ie
Wells House & Gardens
Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Waiting to be explored is Wells House & Gardens, a great Victorian House and Gardens. Wells House has something special for all generations to enjoy and share. Come to wander and explore all this historic home has to offer and witness how the house and Arboretum, Lake and Ha Ha’s are further restored for future generations. For more information visit: www.wellshouse.ie
For a full list of places to visit around Wexford you can find them on www.discoverireland.ie
Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club
Carrigduff, Bunclody, Co. Wexford
Bunclody Golf Course and Fishing Club is situated in 300 acres of breathtaking in former Hall-Dare Estate on the Carlow/Wexford border. Newly opened in March 2009 it is already ranked in the top 21 parkland courses in Ireland and was recently voted ‘the Best Hidden Gem in Ireland’. For more information visit: www.bunclodygfc.ie
Loftus Hall, Hook Head, New Ross, Co. Wexford
The haunting beauty of the Hook Peninsula provides the backdrop for Loftus Hall. Ireland’s Most Haunted House.
Visit Loftus Hall and take our 45 minute interactive guided tour through the ground floor of this abandoned mansion.
You will hear all about the grim and often troubled history of the Hall and experience a re enactment of the famous card card game with the dark stranger that is known today as “The Legend of Loftus Hall”. For more information visit: www.loftushall.ie
Shielbaggan Outdoor Education & Training Centre
Shielbaggan OEC, Ramsgrange, The Hook, Co. Wexford
Shielbaggan Outdoor Education and training Centre is one of Irelands’ oldest adventure providers. Situated at the base of the picturesque Hook peninsula we offer a large selection of activities for families and individuals of all ages. At Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre, you can try your hand at Kayaking (white water, sea and flat water), Canoeing, Coasteering, Surfing, Hillwalking, Rock-Climbing, Caving, Archery, Orienteering, and Team Building.
They can offer activities for all types and sizes of group and cater for your specific needs, just let them know. If it’s a stag/ hen, family group, individual, training course, summer camp or corporate experience they will provide you with the ultimate adventure. For more iformation visit: www.shielbagganoec.com
Johnstown Castle & Gardens
Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford
With one of the most comprehensive displays of farming and rural life in the country, the Irish Agricultural Museum and Johnstown Castle Gardens make a wonderful day out for all the family – whatever the weather. The beautifully maintained ornamental gardens surrounding the castle extend to 40 hectares and feature three lakes, a walled garden and a resident family of peacocks. For more information visit: www.irishagrimuseum.ie
IOAC – International Outdoor Adventure Centre
Sixacre, Tagoat Co. Wexford
The IOAC is a superbly kept campsite which offers a number of Outdoor Activities for all age groups. All activities are supervised by qualified and Garda vetted staff.
Activities include High Ropes park – which consists of 2 levels of high rope’s 4m and 7m, Jacob’s Ladder and Crate stacking. In all of these activities the participant is Fully harnessed in and supervised by full qualified high ropes staff. The other activities that we offer at the IOAC include, a Low Ropes Challenge Course, Battlezone Archery tag, Airsoft target range, Archery range as well as Kayaking or Raft building on our purpose-built Activity Lake. These activities are all suitable for those from 6- 8 years upwards, there is a height restriction on the high ropes park of 130 cm, approx. 8 years of age. The IOAC is 3 minutes from the ferry terminal at Rosslare making it ideal for overnight stops to or from the ferry. They are 15 mins from Wexford town where you are spoiled for choice with restaurants, pubs and shops and only 2 hours from Dublin. This park is ideally situated to explore the beauty of the local coastline and Wexford’s famous golden beaches and is in close proximity to a bar, restaurant and takeaway in the village of Tagoat. For more information visit: www.ioac.ie
For a full list of places to visit around Wexford you can find them on www.visitwexford.ie