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Wexford might be famous for it’s wide, sandy beaches – and rightly so, but when it comes to days out there’s so much to see and do in the Sunny South part of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Wells House & Gardens, Ballyedmond, Co. Wexford

Wells House Grand Lawn

Situated between Wexford Town and Gorey, a visit to the Victorian, Wells House & Gardens makes for a great day out for all ages.

Enjoy a taste of Downton Abbey life, with a living house tour, where a guide in Victorian dress will talk you through the history of the house as you explore the rooms.

Outside, there’s 450 acres of grounds for you to explore, including a Fairy Trail, an Animal Farm and a Craft Courtyard where local artisans sell unique crafts.

Wells House & Gardens also host a number of Events throughout the year – including Teddy Bears Picnic, Vintage Car Show, Open Air Theatre and more.  You can see a list of upcoming events at Wells House on their website here.

 

National Opera House, High Street, Wexford Town.

Opera National Opera House Wexford

A stunning, state-of-the-art Opera House located right in the heart of Wexford Town.

Attracting world famous acts like Dara O’Brian, the Royal Moscow Ballet, Daniel O’Donnell, The Wiggles, BellX1 and loads more.

If you’re visiting Wexford make sure to check out their What’s On page.

 

Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, Co. Wexford

Wildflowers in Forest Tintern Abbey Wexford

Dating all the way back to 1200, Tintern Abbey is another great place to spend a full day.

Visitors can explore nearly 900 years of history in the nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister, while outside there are beautiful wooded walking trails.  These trails will take you past ruins of mills and outhouses, and along a riverbank.   A really great place where kids can let their imaginations run wild, and will be so occupied they won’t even think about their iPads!

 

Events On The Quay, Wexford Town

Wexford Quay

There’s rarely a week that goes by without something happening on the Quayfront in Wexford Town.  From an ice rink in Winter, rollerdisco in Summer, to carnival attractions, festivals and more.

Even at quieter times, the Quay is a great place to go for a walk or run, or just sit with an ice cream and people watch.

 

Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Dunbrody Famine Ship New Ross Wexford

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is an authentic reproduction of a nineteenth century coffin ship.

Incorporating a guided tour and costumed performers, visitors will get a unique insight into the desperate situation that many Irish people experienced during the Great Famine.

 

The Raven Nature Reserve, Curracloe, Co. Wexford

A unique otherworld of forest and beach, and a must see for anyone that visits Wexford.  Located just a 10 minute drive from Wexford Town (in fact it’s the strip of forestry that is seen when looking out from Wexford Quay), being there will make you feel like you are in another world.

The Raven Loop Walk is about 9km long, taking you through pine forests out to pristine white sand and the open sea, and back along Curracloe beach.

 

The Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford

Hook Lighthouse Hook Peninsula Co Wexford

Located about a 40 minute drive from Wexford Town is the Hook Peninsula, which contains not one, but two must see attractions.

Hook Lighthouse is the oldest original working lighthouse in the world and was shortlisted for the prestigious British Guild of Travelwriters World Tourism Awards 2018.

Visitors can enjoy a stories of the history of the lighthouse as they climb the lighthouses 115 steps, and spectacular views once they reach the top.

 

Loftus Hall

The Hook Peninsula also lays claim to be in location of the Most Haunted House in Ireland – Loftus Hall.   This large mansion stands eerily out in the flat landscape of the area.

The Legend of Loftus Hall has it that during a storm, a dark stranger visited the hall seeking shelter.  And then a game of cards was played, the outcome of which has become legendary.

We won’t spoil the story for you, but if you visit Wexford we definitely recommend that you visit Loftus Hall.

 

And yes we did say that there’s more to Wexford than just it’s beaches, but hey, no visit to Wexford would be complete without a trip to the beach!

The Beach

Lifeguard at Curracloe Beach WexfordWhen it comes to beaches you can take your pick.  Wexford has over 270km of them.

Many a happy childhood memory was made in Rosslare Strand, Curracloe, Morriscastle or Courtown.

Beautiful beaches off the beaten trail include Booley Bay (a beach backed by cliffs – perfect for creating pirate adventures!), Ballyhealy, Kilmore Quay, Cahore and Ballymoney.

 

 

 

At Relax Ireland we have a huge range of properties throughout Co. Wexford.  Give Caroline and Alison in our Reservations Team a call and they’ll help you find the perfect one for you!

You can also take a look at all of our Wexford properties on our website here.

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