While we've been itching to reacquaint ourselves with our favourite getaway spots, Wexford has been waiting for our return. With so many destinations ready to welcome you back (with the list growing by the day), Ireland has never felt bigger and Ireland's Ancient East is open for business!
The county capital, Wexford Town sits snugly on the Slaney River estuary in Wexford Harbour. Explore the town’s varied heritage, from Viking influences to the Norman and Cromwellian invasions, and enjoy its quaint old laneways and ancient churches sitting side by side with contemporary architecture and modern arts.
A good place to start your visit to Wexford is to step back in time. Find out how our stone age ancestors lived and journey through 9,000 years of Irish life at the Irish National Heritage Park just ten minutes outside the town. Even better, stay overnight in a ringfort, complete with watch tower, a stone-walled, thatch-roofed dwelling and a cosy central hearth. You’ll have free reign to roam the park after hours too.
A mere 25-minute drive away from Wexford Town is Enniscorthy, which James Joyce described in Ulysses as ‘the finest place in the world’, setting the bar high for the admittedly picturesque town!
Enniscorthy was the setting for the 1950s story Brooklyn, made into a movie starring our own Saoirse Ronan: but it goes a lot further back than that. Start with a visit to the historic castle or take a few hours to enjoy the historic town’s old-world charm as you wander through its colourful streets.
Stop for lunch in The Bailey, a converted malt house, whose original owner Mr Roche married Miss Josephine Shriver from Baltimore in the US in 1900. This marriage would eventually link the Roche family with the Presidency of the USA. You can find out more about that down the road in New Ross — but first you should visit a real local gem, the 1798 Rebellion Centre.
As you may have expected, this part of the country has many tales to tell like the epic story of a fierce battle on Vinegar Hill during the Irish Rebellion in 1798. Get the gruesome details on how Irish insurgents faced the might of the well-armed, trained Crown Forces, and explore the authentic weapons of the time at the 1798 Rebellion Centre with its new 4D Battle of Vinegar Hill Experience. The Centre opens from April through to late September.