West Gate Heritage Tower

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Location: Spawell Road, Wexford, Wexford

This ancient toll gate once guarded the western entrance of Wexford Town. Sir Stephen Devereux had it built in the 13th century on instructions from King Henry. Like other town gates, it consisted of a toll taking area, cells for offenders and rooms for guards. Fully restored as a heritage centre, it presents artefacts uncovered around the town and offers an informational film, which provides an informative look at Wexford's complex and turbulent history. Upstairs in the Tower there are beautiful Norman rooms and a fine battlements walk to Selskar Abbey. Guided tours of Wexford town and the Abbey can be arranged from here.