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Ireland’s Ancient East
Learn the stories of a place and you’ll come to understand the soul of its people. From ancient high kings to modern day poets, saints and scholars to ramblers and fishermen, Ireland’s Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales. With the maps as your guide and the itineraries as your inspiration, you’re about to prepare for a real life journey through this mystical place.
What to do in Wexford
Irish National Heritage Park
The Irish National Heritage Park depicts man’s settlement in Ireland from 7000 BC to the arrival of the Normans in the 12th Century. Stroll through the park with its homesteads, places of ritual, burial modes and long forgotten remains. Your senses come alive with sights and sounds stretching back almost 9000 years. Discover how the Celts, Vikings and Normans came together, intermarried and developed into the rich tapestry which forms Irish Society today.
Johnstown Castle & Gardens and Agricultural Museum
In 1863 Johnstown Castle estate was at its peak of development and comprised of a large demesne of over 1,000 acres. It was divided in two with a deer park to the north, and the castle, pleasure grounds, home farm and two lakes (with a third lake under construction) to the south. 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. The exhibitions in the museum have been designed to display and explore a history of Irish agricultural life from the turn of the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century. Staged over two floors and occupying 1,600 square metres, the galleries offer something for everyone.
The Wexford Opera House
Wexford Opera House is Ireland’s first custom-built, multi-purpose opera house and home to the world-famous Wexford Festival Opera. The stunning landmark building is nestled into the heart of the beautiful harbour town of Wexford and offers two diverse performance spaces, the O’Reilly Theatre and the Jerome Hynes Theatre, as well as numerous meeting & hospitality facilities. Why not relax with a pre-performance and interval drink in the cafe, or one of the three Wexford Opera House bars, serving a range of wines, spirits, champagnes and minerals, as well as tea, coffee and refreshments. Pre-order your interval drinks at any of our bars prior to the performance to save time and enjoy your interval refreshments without rushing.
Rosslare Strand / Curracloe Beach
Curracloe Beach is a regular holder of the Blue Flag Beach status. The dunes are currently the subject of an active conservation policy by Wexford County Council ensuring that this marvelous amenity and the plant and wildlife it contains, will be preserved for future generations. A nature trail runs through the dunes and continues for 5 km to Raven Point, passing through the beautiful peninsula which constitutes Raven Nature Reserve.
The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St. Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres off the coast of Kilmore Quay Co.Wexford. The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland and is very popular with both day-trippers and birdwatchers. These Islands are privately owned and are one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries.
Why not pay a visit to Leisure Max in Drinagh, Co. Wexford, which includes Ten Pin Bowling, Body Zorbing, Indoor Adventure Plaground, Gladiator Runs, Sumo Wrestling, Climbing Wall, Bungy Run and lots more.
National Wildfowl Reserve
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, which is part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is a designated Ramsar Site, part of a Special Protection Area (SPA), a proposed National Heritage Area (pNHA), and a National Nature Reserve. The Reserve is owned in partnership with BirdWatch Ireland, a national voluntary organisation. BirdWatch Ireland is Ireland’s largest conservation charity and is dedicated to the protection of Ireland’s wild birds and their habitats.
John F. Kennedy Arboretum
This arboretum of 623 acres (252ha) is dedicated to the memory of U.S. President John F Kennedy. It contains over 500 different rhododendron and azaleas, an internationally important collection of over 4000 different trees and shrubs, some vary rare, and a small islet studded lake home to large numbers of mallard, moorhen and rudd. A magnolia collection nearby has some outstanding specimens Includes woodland walks, playground, tree houses lake with ducks and fish to feed.
The Oldest Operational Lighthouse in the World. The Visitor center at Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower, a 13th Century Norman structure, built by the Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, culminating with the spectacular view from the balcony, a first class gift shop and cafe. Relax by the Sea and keep an eye out for seals dolphins and even whales! In clear weather you can see for miles and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!
The National 1798 Visitor Centre
The award winning National 1798 Centre offers a fascinating insight into the birth of modern democracy in Ireland. This distinctive centre is located just off the N30 and N11 in the shadow of Vinegar Hill, beside the picturesque river Slaney and just 500 meters from the thriving market town of Enniscorthy. The Centre tells the epic and heroic tale of the 1798 Rebellion and it’s aftermath using the latest multi-media and interactive computers.
Situated on the west shore of Bannow Bay in Co. Wexford, Tintern Abbey was one of the most powerful Cistercian foundations in the South East until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. The first Cistercian foundation in Ireland, at Mellifont, Co. Louth in 1142 was part of sweeping reforms which took place in the Irish Church in the 12th century.