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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

Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kilmokea Gardens
Campile, Co. Wexford
Mark and Emma Hewlett’s peaceful and relaxing late Georgian country house nestles above an estuary where the rivers Barrow and Nore meet, and is set in seven acres of Heritage Gardens, including formal walled gardens featuring topiary and s ...
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Golf

Rosslare Golf Club - Rosslare Strand County Wexford Ireland
Rosslare Golf Club
Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford
Course Type: Links
Rosslare Golf Links is the hidden gem of Irish Links Golf Courses. Situated in the sunniest part of the country, on the extreme south-east coast, it stands on a narrow peninsula with the Irish sea on one side and the huge expanse of Wexford har ...
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Self Catering

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Fruit Hill Holiday Cottages - The Coach House, Kirby's & The Garden Cottage
Campile, Co. Wexford
The farm cottages at Fruit Hill, Campile near New Ross in County Wexford make an ideal base for exploring Ireland's South East region, and offer a unique retreat from the rest of the world. All are comfortable, well equipped, tastefully decorated ...
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Tourist Attractions

Hook Lighthouse & Heritage Centre - Hook Head County Wexford Ireland
Hook Lighthouse & Heritage Centre
Hook Head, Co. Wexford
At c. 800 years old Hook Lighthouse is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower all year round and you can climb the 115 steps to the spectacular view from the balcony. ...
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Wedding Venues

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens - Campile County Werxford Ireland
Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens
Campile, Co. Wexford
This wedding venues a Georgian country house set in seven acres of Heritage Gardens. There are Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic churches close by (a vintage Austin 7 is available for hire), and blessings are possible here in the gardens - whi ...
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