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Top Choice Gardens in Wexford Town

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 gr…
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 re-imagined on board this replica ship on the New Ross waterfront. The emigrants' …
Top Choice Modern Irish in Wexford Town

Cistín Eile

Bring a hearty appetite when you visit this always-busy restaurant – as the motto on the wall says, Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras (hunger makes a great sauce). Expect the daily menu of locally sourced artisan prod…
Top Choice Bistro in Wexford Town

Greenacres

Eating, shopping, culture…this place has it covered! Irish cheeses and local produce are beautifully displayed in the food hall, the wine selection is the best south of Dublin, and the gourmet bistro gets star ratin…
Top Choice Cafe in Enniscorthy

Cotton Tree Cafe

A pleasantly informal cafe charmingly decorated with homely and historic artwork. The menu includes gourmet soups and sandwiches with ingredients such as roast Irish beef and hummus. There's also a choice of imagina…
Top Choice Cafe in New Ross

Cafe Nutshell

Scones, breads and buns are all baked on the premises, inventive hot lunch specials utilise local produce and there's a great range of smoothies, juices and organic wines. Mains come with an array of fresh salads. T…
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 County Wexford

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 …
Cathedral in Ferns

St Edan's Cathedral

Built in early Gothic style in 1817, Ferns' 'modern' cathedral is thought to be the smallest in Europe. Its graveyard contains a high cross, said to mark the resting place of Dermot MacMurrough. In the field behind …