Things to Do in Wexford

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Whether you’re into exploring fascinating histories, seeing breath-taking scenery on coastal drives and woodland walks, or running the legs off the kids before bedtime, there are tonnes of unique, exciting experiences and attractions to lure you back to Wexford.

A couple visiting Wells House
Johnstown Castle
Left: Strolling the grounds at Wells House | Right: Johnstown Castle

It's time to spread your wings and head for Wexford. Get lost in history; find the perfect secluded woodland hideaway; or enjoy a picnic as you watch the waves rolling in. There’s so much now open for discovery in Ireland’s Ancient East — here’s a selection of the best things to do in the Model County (and since you’re asking, Wexford got this affectionate nickname because of its model farms and progressive farming). 
 

Wells House and Gardens 

Just 20-minutes outside Gorey, Wells House is a beautifully restored, private home set on 450 acres of pretty gardens, farmland and woods. Grownups will love the house tours and woodland walks, while little ones will have a ball exploring the fairy finding trail, at the adventure playground and visiting the farm animals. Keep an eye out for their frequent, year-round events like Open Air Theatre, Fairy Tale Days and BBQs. 
 

Johnstown Castle 

There’s so much to explore throughout the estate at Johnstown Castle that it’s worth putting aside at least half a day to enjoy it all. Wander through the impressive ornamental gardens, have a picnic by the lake if the weather’s fine, or book a tour of the castle — the old servants’ tunnel is a highlight. Don’t leave before checking out The Irish Agricultural Museum which showcases rural life in Wexford from the 18th Century on (complete with vintage tools and tractors). 
 

Wexford Lavender Farm 

A short spin from Gorey, you’re sure to smell Wexford Lavender Farm before you see it. It’s an Instagram dream, with two sprawling fields of fragrant lavender that look every bit as good as they smell. The free entry farm opens in spring and summer and features woodland walks, crafting, plant sales and play areas for kids — including the popular ‘Billy the Bull’ quad barrel train ride. 

The Irish National Heritage Park
Heading to the Saltees
Left: The Irish National Heritage Park | Right: Heading to the Saltees

Seal Sanctuary 

It’s hard to beat the feel-good factor of a visit to Seal Rescue Ireland. The team at SRI rescue, rehabilitate and release dozens of inured or sick animals from all over Ireland’s coasts, each year. Pop in, seven days a week, to meet the seals and learn their stories. 
 

The Irish National Heritage Park

The open-air museum at The Irish National Heritage Park brings Ireland’s ancient past to life with accurate reconstructions of the crannógs, forts and portal dolmens we learned about in our school days. Explore life-sized buildings and settlements, forage like a pre-historic farmer, or even spend the night in their medieval ring fort, where you’ll party like it’s 2000 BC. 
 

The Saltee Islands 

A haven for sea birds, the Saltee Islands are situated approximately 5km off the Wexford coast. Departing from beautiful Kilmore Quay, an exhilarating 20-minute boat ride brings you to Great Saltee. On the tiny private island, you’ll meet seals, puffins and thousands of noisy gannets gathered on rocks to greet you. Pack a picnic or, better still, continue the theme back on shore, with salty chips from the famous Little Saltee takeaway at Kilmore Quay. 
 

Hook Lighthouse

25 minutes out the road at the very tip of the stunning Hook Peninsula, Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the world, with fun, informative tours daily. The spectacular sea views from the top are worth every one of the 115 steps — particularly if you’re lucky enough to visit at sunset. 

Loftus Hall
Horse-drawn carriage ride at JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum
Left: Loftus Hall | Right: Horse-drawn carriage ride at JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

Sea Cave Kayaking 

Setting off from Fethard-On-Sea, Hook Head Adventures will guide you safely past steep, rugged cliffs, tiny golden beaches and into deep, echoing caves. Challenging, but not exhausting, kayaking is a really unique way to explore the coastline from a whole new angle.
 

Loftus Hall 

After your Hook Lighthouse tour, pay a visit to neighbouring Loftus Hall; allegedly the most haunted house in Ireland. The interactive tour features re-enactments of the house’s dark past by enthusiastic actors.
 

Dunbrody Famine Ship 

With costumed performances on board, Dunbrody Famine Ship provides a unique insight into the Irish emigrant experience during the famine, culminating in a visit to the ‘arrivals hall’, revealing the fate that awaited those who survived the harrowing journey.
 

JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

If you’ve been to New Ross, you’ve probably visited the Kennedy Homestead, but the nearby 600-acre JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum is a lesser explored treasure. Go for a woodland walk or a ramble around the lake and watch out for the miniature train and pony rides during the summer.

Before you finalise your Wexford plans, 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.
 

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