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County Wexford

The popular view of Wexford is beaches, sunshine and opera. The longest continuous beach in all Ireland runs along the county's east coast, an astonishing 27 kilometres from Cahore Point south to Raven Point, which marks the northern side of the entrance to Wexford town's shallow harbour. As for sunshine, while areas further north along the east coast may record marginally less rainfall, in the very maritime climate of the "Sunny Southeast" around Wexford, the clouds seem to clear more quickly, so the chances of seeing the elusive orb are much improved.

And opera.....? Well, the annual Wexford Opera Festival  is a byword for entertaining eccentricity - as international enthusiasts put it, "we go to Wexford town to enjoy operas written by people we've never heard of, and we have ourselves a thoroughly good time."

But there's much more to this intriguing county than sun, sand and singing. Wexford itself is but one of three substantial towns in it, the other two being the market town of Enniscorthy, and the river port of New Ross. While much of the county is relatively low-lying, to the northwest it rises towards the handsome Blackstairs Mountains. There, the 793m peak of Mount Leinster may be just over the boundary in Carlow, but one of the most attractive little hill towns in all Ireland, Bunclody, is most definitely in Wexford.

In the north of the county, Gorey is a pleasant and prosperous place, while connoisseurs of coastlines will find the entire south coast of Wexford a fascinating area of living history, shellfish-filled shallow estuaries, and an excellent little harbour at the much-thatched village of Kilmore Quay inside the Saltee Islands.

Round the corner beyond the intriguing Hook Head, the peninsula marked by Ireland's oldest lighthouse, Wexford County faces west across its own shoreline along the beauties of Waterford estuary. Here, there's another fine beach, at Duncannon, while nearby other sheltered little ports of west Wexford - Arthurstown and Ballyhack - move at their own sweet and gentle pace.

In New Ross, the authentic re-creation of a 19th Century emigrant ship - the impressive Dunbrody -  is proving to be a very effective focal point for the revival of the picturesque waterfront. It’s a fitting place for the lovely River Barrow to meet ships in from sea in an area with strong historical links to President John F Kennedy – his great-grandparents sailed from New Ross to America on the original Dunbrody.  


Local Attractions and Information

Ballygarrett Shrule Deer Farm +353 (0)55 27277

Ballyhack Ballyhack Castle +353 (0)51 389468

Campile Kilmokea Gardens +353 (0)51 388109

Dunbrody Abbey & Visitor Centre +353 (0)51 388603

Duncannon Duncannon Fort +353 (0)51 388603

Enniscorthy National 1798 Visitor Centre +353 (0)54 37596

Enniscorthy Tourism Information +353 (0)54 34699

Enniscorthy Wexford County Museum +353 (0)54 46506

Ferrycarrig National Heritage Park +353 (0)53 20733

Gorey(Coolgreany) Ram House Gardens +353 (0)402 37238

Hook Head Hook Head Lighthouse +353 (0)51 397055

Johnstown Castle Demesne & Agricultural Museum +353 (0)53 42888

Kilmore Quay Saltee Island Ferries +353 (0)53 29684

New Ross Dunbrody - re-creation of 19th C ship +353 (0)51 425239

New Ross Galley River Cruises +353 (0)51 421723

New Ross John F Kennedy Arboretum +353 (0)51 388171

New Ross John F Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown +353 (0)51 388264

New Ross Tourism Information +353 (0)51 421857

Rosslare Ferry Terminal +353 (0)53 33622

Tintern Abbey (nr Saltmills) +353 (0)51 562650

Wexford North Slobs Wildfowl Reserve +353 (0)53 23129

Wexford Opera Festival (October) +353 (0)53 22144

Wexford Tourism Information +353 (0)53 23111

Gardens

Ram House Gardens - County Wexford Ireland
Ram House Gardens
Gorey, Co. Wexford
The Ram House, nestling behind a stone wall and a wicket gate, its Georgian fanlight draped in roses and clematis, looks like a Beatrix Potter illustration. The cottage style garden lives up to the image and is packed with interest and full of in ...
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Golf

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Seafield Golf Club
Gorey, Co. Wexford
Course Type: Parkland
The eighteen hole 6,447 yard championship golf course at Seafield was designed by internationally renowned course designer Peter McEvoy. The course has been constructed to the highest USGA specifications. The natural surroundings, layout and ...
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Self Catering

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens - Coach House & Garden Suite - Self Catering
Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens - Coach House & Garden Suite
Campile, Co. Wexford
Mark and Emma Hewlett's peaceful and relaxing late Georgian country house is set in 7 acres of Heritage Gardens, including formal walled gardens. There are two self catering properties on site - The Coach House and The Garden Suite.1). Coach Hous ...
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Tourist Attractions

Tintern Abbey - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
Tintern Abbey
New Ross, Co. Wexford
Tintern Abbey is a Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, Earl of Pembroke as the result of a vow he had made when his boat was caught in a storm nearby and named after Tintern in Wales. It was partly converted into living quarters aft ...
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Wedding Venues

Marlfield House Gorey - Wedding Venue - Evening
Marlfield House
Gorey, Co. Wexford
Once the residence of the Earls of Courtown, and now an elegant oasis of unashamed luxury, where guests are cosseted and pampered in sumptuous surroundings, the Bowe family’s impressive Regency house is set in 36 acres of woodlands and imma ...
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