Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in County Wexford

Johnstown Castle Gardens

Parading peacocks guard the splendid 19th-century Johnstown Castle, the former home of the once-mighty Fitzgerald and Esmonde families (the estate was gifted to the nation in 1945). The empty castle (not open to pub…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Hook Head

Hook Lighthouse

On its southern tip, Hook Head is capped by the world's oldest working lighthouse, a modern light flashing atop a 13th-century tower. Access is by half-hour guided tour, which includes a climb up the 115 steps for g…
Top Choice Museum in New Ross

Dunbrody Famine Ship

Called 'coffin ships' due to their fatality rate, the leaky, smelly boats that hauled a generation of Irish emigrants to America are reimagined on board this replica ship on the New Ross waterfront. The emigrants' s…
Beach in County Wexford

Curracloe Beach

Soft white sand, gentle surf and lack of development are the most appealing features of the 11km-long, Blue Flag–rated Curracloe Beach. On sunny days families flock to the beach, but due to its vast size you can eas…
Historic Site in Hook Peninsula

Tintern Abbey

Named after its Welsh counterpart, from where its first monks hailed, the atmospheric remains of Tintern Abbey enjoy a lovely setting amid 40 hectares of woodland. Unusually for an abbey, it has a long history as a …
Island in Kilmore Quay

Saltee Islands

Once the haunt of privateers, smugglers and ‘dyvers pyrates’, the Saltee Islands now have a peaceful existence as one of Europe’s most important bird sanctuaries. More than 220 species have been recorded here, most …
Museum in Enniscorthy

National 1798 Rebellion Centre

This exhibition does a fine job of explaining the background to one of Ireland's pivotal historical events. It covers the French and American revolutions, which helped spark Wexford's abortive uprising against Briti…
Castle in Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy Castle

This stout, four-towered keep was originally built by the Normans; like much else in these parts, it was surrendered to Cromwell in 1649. During the 1798 Rising, rebels used this castle as a prison, and from 1901 to…
Lake in South of Rosslare Harbour

Lady's Island Lake

This lake's brackish waters, separated from the sea by a barrier beach, are an important breeding ground for rare roseate terns. The lake encloses Our Lady's Island (www.ourladysisland.ie), the site of an early Augu…
Museum in Wexford Town

Irish National Heritage Park

Over 9000 years of Irish history are squeezed together at this open-air museum. After a short audiovisual presentation, choose a guided or audio self-guided tour, taking in re-creations of a Neolithic farmstead, sto…