Wexford, The cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East

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Dunbrody Famine Ship,New Ross, Co Wexford

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN WEXFORD

 

 

Irish National Heritage Park

Located on the banks of the picturesque River Slaney,‘The Irish National Heritage Park’ truly is the cornerstone of  ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’.

A not-for-profit outdoor museum depicting 9,000 years of re-created Irish History situated within natural forestry and wet woodlands.

Take an unforgettable journey through Ireland’s past and experience stories, sights and sounds that shaped our country.

So, what are you waiting for? Step back in time and join us in ‘Ireland Ancient East’ at The Irish National Heritage Park.

Your adventure begins here…..

 

 NATIONAL 1798 REBELLION CENTRE

On your visit you will meet the key figures of the Rebellion, participate in our state of the art 4D battle of Vinegar Hill Experience, discover how weapons from the period worked and learn in gruesome detail how some 20,000 insurgents faced the might of 10,000 well-trained and well-armed Crown Forces.

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey was a Cistercian abbey located on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford, Ireland. The Abbey – which is today in ruins, some of which have been restored – was founded in c.1200 by William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, as the result of a vow he had made when his boat was caught in a storm nearby.

 

Colclough Walled Garden & Maze

Restored 1800s Georgian walled garden split into two sections: an ornamental and a kitchen garden.

 

Loftus Hall

Loftus Hall is a large country house on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford. Built on the site of the original Redmond Hall, it is said by locals to have been haunted by the devil and the ghost of a young woman.

 

Johnstown Castle & Gardens.

The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson who is famed for the gardens at Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow.

Stroll through the grounds with over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. Relax by the castle lakeside with its Gothic towers, waterfalls and statues. Enjoy a picnic in the sunken Italian garden or museum courtyard. Watch the peacocks strut by and display their finery. View the ruins of Rathlannon Castle.

 

Wexford Festival Opera

 

The Wexford Festival Opera is an opera festival that takes place in the town of Wexford in south-eastern Ireland during the months of October and November.

 

Wexford Wildlife Reserve

Home to local & migratory birds, this 200-hectare reserve offers a visitor centre with a tower hide.

 

Dunbrody Famine Ship.

Reproduction 1840s emigrant vessel with exhibits, guided tours & costumed interpreters, plus a café for that Irish cup of tea or a coffee

 

John F Kennedy Arboretum

 

The John F. Kennedy Arboretum on the Hook Head Peninsula at New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland, is a park under public administration. On 252 hectares there are approximately 4,500 species of trees and shrubs

 

Enniscorthy Castle

 

Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy town, was originally built in the 13th century, and has been ‘home’ to Norman knights, English armies, Irish rebels and prisoners, plus local merchant families.

Why not visit our dungeon to see the rare medieval wall art – The Swordsman, or our battlements at the top of the castle to marvel at the amazing views of Vinegar Hill Battlefield, Enniscorthy town, and the sights, flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside.

Wells House & Gardens

Wells House and Gardens is a Victorian Tudor gothic country house museum, located around 7 km outside of Kilmuckridge, County Wexford. It was designed by Daniel Robertson in the 1830s.