Spend 48 hours in County Wexford seeing and doing as much as possible – or as little as you like – with the help of our suggestions to make the most of your visit.
Exploring Wexford Town
The county capital, Wexford Town, sits snugly on the Slaney River estuary in Wexford Harbour, known as Veisafjǫrðr (inlet of the mud flats) by its Viking founders. The area had a turbulent history from its foundation in 800 AD with battles, rebellions and conquests galore.
The town wears it well, showing its age in the different styles and eras of architecture dotted around it. Quaint old laneways converge onto bustling modern roads, ancient churches and contemporary architecture sit comfortably side by side, allowing you to explore past and present at once.
Start the day off the right way with a hearty breakfast: try D'Lush Café at the Arts Centre, or visit The Stable Diet Café on South Main Street – you'll be set up for exploring the town.
Take a walking tour and check out the only remaining town gate from the 14th century, West Gate Heritage Tower, before exploring the ruins at Selskar Abbey where Henry the Second came to repent after he murdered his former friend, Thomas Becket.
If the arts are your thing, you'll be spoiled for choice with Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland’s National Opera House (home to the world-renowned Wexford Festival Opera) and numerous art galleries just waiting to enthuse and inspire you.
If you’re intrigued by the old way of life in the ancient settlements of the area, a short jaunt out of town brings you to the National Heritage Park. The park not only offers an insight into prehistoric times in Ireland, but you can also stay overnight in a ringfort – a real treat for children of all ages!
For the wildlife and bird watching fan, the Wexford Slobs and Wildfowl Reserve lies just across the harbour from the town, and is home to a wide variety of geese, swans and other wading birds. Or if the history of Ireland's agriculture is of interest, check out one of Wexford's hidden gems – the Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle Gardens. See how previous generations of farmers lived; learn about that Irish dietary staple, the humble potato; and much more.
Finish your day with a slap-up meal of local produce in Cistín Eile or enjoy sumptuous seafood in the award-winning La Côte.