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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 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 Opera in Wexford Town

National Opera House

Opened in 2008 Wexford's gleaming opera house packs more architectural punch inside than out, but sports state-of-the-art acoustics and superb views from the top-floor bar. In addition to hosting the opera festival …
Top Choice Cafe in Enniscorthy

Cotton Tree Cafe

A pleasantly informal cafe charmingly decorated with homely and historical artwork. The menu includes gourmet soups and sandwiches with ingredients such as roast Irish beef and hummus. There's also a choice of imagi…
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…
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…
Opera in Wexford Town

Wexford Opera Festival

This 12-day festival is the country's premier opera event with rarely performed operas and shows playing to packed audiences. Fringe street theatre, poetry readings and exhibitions give the town a festive atmosphere…