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County Wexford Holiday Guide

Steeped in maritime history and enjoying some of the best weather in Ireland, County Wexford is full of fine sandy beaches, a diverse range of attractions, alluring towns and attractive waterfront villages. Set in the south east corner of Ireland, much of the county’s appeal revolves around the thriving towns of Wexford, known for its vibrant music and arts scene, and historic Enniscorthy, with its close links to the 1798 Rebellion.

History Revealed

Owing to its strategic position across St George’s Channel from south Wales, the south-east of Ireland is one of the country’s most colonised areas. The Vikings founded Ireland’s first major towns on the River Slaney and the Anglo Normans also had a big say on the way the region developed, building castles across County Wexford and neighbouring County Kilkenny.

Reminders of the county’s Viking and Norman past are revealed in the meandering lanes off Main Street in Wexford. The Bull Ring was originally a beach that took delivery of the town’s provisions before becoming a bull-baiting venue. Nearby, St Iberius’ Church is worth visiting for its superb Georgian interior and acoustics.

The fascinating past of the county’s second biggest town, Enniscorthy, is inextricably tied to the famous 18th century Irish uprising against British rule. The compelling story is retold at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre, its exhibits chronicling Wexford’s failed efforts to free itself. Most of the events unfolded on nearby Vinegar Hill, while Enniscorthy Castle was used as a prison by the rebels – today it is home to a museum.

Out and About

The beautiful Hook Peninsula is best explored by car. The Ring of Hook coastal drive takes in secluded beaches, historic ruins and fine seafood restaurants, while the world’s oldest working lighthouse can be found at the tip of the peninsula. Built in the 13th century, a tour will take you to its top via 115 steps. Other sights include ghostly Loftus Hall and secluded Tintern Abbey.

Ireland’s largest bird sanctuary, the Saltee Islands, can be enjoyed from Kilmore Quay while a fantastic Blue Flag beach can be found at Rosslare. The village of Carne is home to another fine stretch of sand and is a great place to sample some of the best seafood in Ireland.

See and Do

The treacherous journey across the Atlantic Ocean to America, undertaken by a generation of Irish in the wake of the 1840s potato famine, can be relived with a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship, docked on the waterfront in New Ross.

Johnstown Castle and Gardens, near Wexford, is the site of a striking 19th century house, lovely wooded gardens and the Irish Agricultural Museum, while more than 9,000 years of history are packed into the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig.

Located in Dunganstown, the Kennedy Homestead is the birthplace of Patrick Kennedy, great-grandfather of one of America’s most revered presidents. John F Kennedy paid a visit to the farm in 1963 and, today, the outbuildings house exhibits examining the family’s history on both sides of the Atlantic. JFK is also honoured at an idyllic arboretum just over a mile away.


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Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa £104
Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa

Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa

Old Wexford Road, Gorey
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 87 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Set in Gorey, this family-friendly hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Ferns Castle, Bridgewater Shopping Centre and Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre. Morriscastle Beach and Coollattin Golf Club are also within 20 miles (32 km).

    Clayton Whites Hotel £72
    Clayton Whites Hotel

    Clayton Whites Hotel

    Abbey Street, Wexford
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 535 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Wexford hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Selskar Abbey, Wexford Opera House and Westgate Tower. Wexford General Hospital is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

      Maldron Hotel Wexford
      Maldron Hotel Wexford

      Maldron Hotel Wexford

      Ballindinas, Wexford
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 390 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Wexford hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Irish National Heritage Park and Wexford General Hospital. Westgate Tower and Selskar Abbey are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Talbot Hotel Wexford
        Talbot Hotel Wexford

        Talbot Hotel Wexford

        On The Quay, Wexford
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 172 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Wexford hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wexford Opera House and Selskar Abbey. Westgate Tower and Wexford General Hospital are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Ferryport House B&B
          Ferryport House B&B

          Ferryport House B&B

          Rosslare Harbour, Wexford
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 48 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Rosslare Europort and within 6 miles (10 km) of Rosslare Beach and Rosslare Golf Club. Irish Agricultural Museum and Wexford Opera House are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club £58
            Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club

            Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club

            The Promenade, Enniscorthy
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 197 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Enniscorthy hotel is located on the riverfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of National 1798 Centre and Enniscorthy Golf Club. Ferns Castle and Secret Valley Wildlife Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Ashdown Park Hotel £84
              Ashdown Park Hotel

              Ashdown Park Hotel

              Coach Road, Gorey
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 66 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is within 16 miles (25 km) of Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Ferns Castle and Coollattin Golf Club. Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre and Woodenbridge Golf Club are also within 16 miles (25 km).

                Ferrycarrig Hotel £76
                Ferrycarrig Hotel

                Ferrycarrig Hotel

                Ferrycarrig Bridge, Ferrycarrig
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 353 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Ferrycarrig hotel is located on the riverfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford General Hospital and Westgate Tower. Selskar Abbey and Wexford Opera House are also within 3 miles (5 km).