Great Family Getaways in Wexford


There are few places in Ireland where you can visit a ringfort, explore a haunted house, feed an alpaca and jump in a sea kayak — but the family fun never stops in Wexford. Read on for some great ways to spend your short stay in The Model County...

Explore the National Heritage Park
Family at Curracloe Beach
Left: Explore the National Heritage Park | Right: Waiting for the waves at Curracloe Beach

Whether you want to get lost in history or explore the perfect hideaway, there’s so much now open for discovery in Ireland’s Ancient East. With more and more destinations to choose from every day, our world has never felt bigger. So, what are you waiting for... Wexford is calling!

The Irish National Heritage Park

Kids love a fort; ten minutes from Wexford Town at The Irish National Heritage Park, you'll journey through 9,000 years of Irish life at the reconstructed settlement. Travel back in time and view replicas of prehistoric campsites, ringforts, crannogs and Viking houses; wander together through ancient woodland and past pools, to experience what Ireland must have looked like to our Stone Age ancestors.

Curracloe Beach

Just 20 minutes up the road, the white sands of the epic Curracloe Beach stretch from Raven Point to Blackwater. If you’re braving a dip, this is a Blue Flag beach, but exploring the nature trail and running through the enormous dunes is enough to keep everyone entertained.

Wells House and Gardens

While you’re in the area, spin inland for 15 minutes to let the kids run free at Wells House and Gardens. They can swing high and climb higher in the adventure playground, or meet furry friends like raccoons, rabbits and pygmy goats at the animal farm. Inspire the younger kids’ imaginations with the fairy trails or Gruffalo Walk, while older kids can hone their skills at Ireland’s only 3D archery course.  

Kia Ora Mini Farm

Another short drive up the coast at the Kia Ora Mini Farm, the kids can hold and feed the animals. And we’re not just talking cows and sheep — making pals with micropigs, parrots, llamas, emus and alpacas is something they’ll remember, and talk about, for a long time afterwards. They can also hop onto a real digger, ride in a genuine fire engine and take to the go-kart track, while you picnic nearby. Open daily March-October, and weekends only during January and February. 

Wells House
Hook Lighthouse
Left: Wells House, where there's plenty of room to roam, explore and play | Right: Hook Lighthouse

Wexford Lavender Farm

As a final stop on your journey up the coast, wake up and smell the lavender at Wexford Lavender Farm. Get some country air with a walk through the pretty woodlands and four acres of lavender fields or look behind the curtain with a distillery tour showcasing how lavender oil is processed during bloom-time in July and August. Kids can get crafting at a ‘Claymazing’ workshop or create tasty treats at baking classes, though these must be booked in advance. Entrance is free.

Enniscorthy Castle

Heading 40 minutes south, cross country, dress up as knights at Enniscorthy Castle. The costume area will entertain the kids as you take the self-guided tour. Play like an early 1900s child with old-school toys of the Roche family, who lived at the Castle until 1950. Head up to the roof to take in stunning views as far as the battleground at Vinegar Hill and see authentic bullet holes — sure to impress the kids. 

The Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

Another half hour inland, board the replica 1840s emigrant boat at The Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross. Immerse yourself in life below deck as costumed performers guide you through the fateful journey taken by too many, in 1840s Ireland. You can get a family ticket and their riverside restaurant makes an ideal lunch pit stop, with a reasonable kids’ menu. 

Dunbrody Abbey and Visitor Centre

While you’re local, Dunbrody Abbey and Visitor Centre is an impressive, ruined Cistercian Abbey where you’ll learn all about Strongbow’s commission and the Abbey’s demise. Get lost in one of only two full-size mazes in Ireland, or get some healthy competition going with pitch 'n’ putt, all on the grounds.  

Hook Lighthouse and Loftus Hall

Continue south to Hook Head Peninsula, at Wexford’s southern-most tip. The iconic striped Hook Lighthouse is the main draw, with daily tours and epic sea views, but the area also has a dark past that’s fun to explore. Start the ghost stories on the way to neighbouring Loftus Hall, said to be the most haunted house in Ireland. Prepare to be spooked as you uncover the building’s past during the 45-minute interactive tour. Wear warm clothes and pack a sense of humour (it’s advised the tour is not suitable for children under five).

Enniscorthy Castle
Family at Curracloe Beach
Left: Enniscorthy Castle | Right: Sea Kayaking by Hook Head

If you have more time…

Try sea kayaking — Hook Head Peninsula is also the perfect spot for a sea adventure. Hop in a kayak for Hook Head Adventures’ family-friendly mini tour and discover sea caves and hidden beaches around Baginbun Bay

Or grab a ferry to Passage East — the Passage East Ferry will take the whole family, car and all, across to Waterford and then it's a 10-minute drive to Dunmore East. See who gets knocked out first at Wibit Wipeout; the country’s biggest inflatable obstacle course on water, at Dunmore Adventure.   

Whether you pack it all in or pick some favourites, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to family fun in County Wexford; wherever you plan to go, be sure to contact individual attractions and businesses in advance to confirm they're ready to welcome visitors again. Because our changed world means a new focus on public protection, social distancing and safe travel measures will be essential everywhere — as explained in the new nationwide COVID-19 Safety Charter.

While you're mapping out your next adventure, there are many more ways to find something for everyone in Ireland's Ancient East. Ready to go further afield? Find out more about how to Make a Break for It in other regions of our amazing island...

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