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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.

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What to do in Wexford

 

5HeritageParkIrish 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. More Info

 

Johnstown CastleJohnstown 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. More Info

 

Wexford Opera HouseThe National Opera House, Wexford

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. More Info

 

7CurracloeBeachRosslare 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.

 

10SalteeIslandsSaltee Islands

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. More Info

 

Leisure Max

Leisure Max….. The South East’s biggest indoor and outdoor family entertainment centre with lots to do for all the family.  Outdoor activities:-  Zipline, Climbing Wall, Abseiling, All Aboard, Abseiling.   Indoor activities :-  Ten Pin Bowling, Indoor Adventure Playground, Body Zorbing, Hover Archery, Footy Pool, Sumo/Gladiator, Bungee Run, Inflatable Dart Board, Five a Side Soccer Pitch.  We also have Big Al’s Diner with an extensive menu.  Our staff are friendly and fun so why not come and visit us for an enjoyable afternoon or evening’s entertainment for all age groups. More Info

 

National Wildfowl ReserveWexford 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. More Info

 

Rosslare Golf Club

Situated on the narrow sandy ‘spit’ at Rosslare overlooking Wexford Harbour to the west and the Irish sea to the east the club is home to two unique and challenging golf courses. Rosslare Golf Club is one of only 40 Irish links courses and is the only true ‘links’ golf course in the south east of Ireland offering golfers of all abilities that unique links golfing experience at very attractive and competitive rates. Rosslare Golf Links is consistently rated amongst the top courses in Ireland is open to visitors of all abilities. Our 18 hole championship ‘Old ‘course, as with all links courses, is especially challenging when the wind blows. The newer 12 hole ‘Burrow’ course is ideal for time tied golfers and may usually be comfortably played in a little over two hours. More Info

 

2JFKGardensJohn 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. More Info

 

1LighthouseHook Lighthouse

The Oldest Operating 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! More Info

 

8VisitorCentreThe 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. More Info

 

9TinterinAbbeyTintern Abbey

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. More Info

 

 

Wexford Golf Club

Voted one of the Top 50 parkland courses in Ireland (golfing Magazine issue 73 Feb 16)  Voted in the top 100 golf courses in Ireland (Golf Digest 2017). Wexford Golf Club is a beautiful 18 hole parkland course situated in the heart of Wexford town. Our Course, Clubhouse and The Ginger Bistro restaurant offer magnificent town and sea views and is open to the public, after your round of golf, relax and enjoy a drink and sample our superb food.  Our Professional Liam Bowler is available for advice and will provide you with all your golfing requirements.  We are committed to ensuring our visitors and members enjoy our facilities and are renowned for our relaxed and friendly atmosphere. More Info

 

Synergy Fitness

Located within the grounds of The Farmer’s Kitchen Hotel, Synergy Fitness offers a broad range of fitness services, with Personal Training, Group Training, Holistic/Sports Massage and Meditation/Relaxation. We also provide Nutritional and weight loss advice. Coaching in Swimming, Cycling and Running. Training camps abroad. More Info

 

Wexford Horse Racing

Bettyville Park is strongly supported by locals and visitors alike. All share in the friendly atmosphere that is a day at the races in the sunny South-East at one of the finest tracks in the country. If you have yet to be converted to the thrill of the races, we would encourage you to select Wexford as your sample choice. For action packed racing and excitement on and off the track, Bettyville is the place to go! The racecourse has been developed in stages and is now one of the finest tracks of its kind in Ireland with the constant support of leading trainers and jockeys both nationally and internationally. The best stables run their horses in the competitive racing programmes during the summer months. On the social side, there are many bars and restaurants, mobile food outlets, a betting shop, on-course bookmakers and Tote facilities. Find the full 2019 racing fixtures here

 

Wexford Gym & Swimming Pool

The only 25m long, 1m-1.8m deep swimming pool in Wexford town- perfect for Lane
Swimming & Aqua Fitness. Separate Learner Pool 0.1m- 0.9m deep- ideal for families and early swimmers. Heat therapy available in our Sauna & Steam room – for adult gym or pool attendees. Pay as you go & membership rates available. More Info