Forming the south-east corner of the island, County Wexford is Ireland's gateway
to the rest of the world and it has been since early times. Normans, Danes and Celts
and the legendary invaders of Irish mythology all chose landing places on Wexford's
hundred-mile coastline. They liked what they found ! All of them put down roots in the
county and all of them left their mark on Wexford's rich diversity of culture and
heritage. Wexford boasts the country's richest agricultural land and some of the most
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and Wicklow Mountains along the county's western and northern borders to the miles of
golden beaches in the east; from the lush pasture lands of the Slaney valley to the wild
Atlantic-swept rocks of Hook Head, Wexford offers an unequalled variety of landscapes.
Wexford has some of Ireland's finest golf courses. Its four main towns and countless
picturesque villages host a warm, welcoming and thriving nightlife which ranges from the
traditional Irish music pub to the high-energy nightclub.
The county's modern infrastructure includes the finest road system in the country - but a
thousand kilometres of country lane and track also make Wexford a walker's paradise.
A land of Living History
Wexford is largely undiscovered, we call it the "secret
island", an authentic experience of the people as we are. Distinct, we are a
combination of three different cultures; Gaelic, Anglo-Irish and Norman. Indeed Wexford
was the first soil touched upon by the Normans when they first invaded Ireland in
The county enjoys a rare mix of mountains, valleys, flora, fauna
and breathtaking beaches spanning 100 miles of coastline. This delightful mélange provides
for active resorts, scenic villages and pretty harbours dotted along the coast. Home to two major rivers, the Slaney and Barrow, the county has become a well recognised
fishing paradise. The county is host to one of the busiest ferry ports in Ireland at
Rosslare, serving both the UK and mainland Europe, it is also within easy access of
three major airports: Dublin, Cork and Waterford.
the Vikings and developed by the Normans. It retains something of this earlier character
with lots of interesting narrow streets and a long attractive quayside. World famous for
its Festival Opera, held annually in October, this is a truly cosmopolitan town.
Enniscorthy town dominated by the
Norman castle, now a museum, and the river Slaney, nowhere else in Co. Wexford has the
1798 rebellion left such an impression. Visit the 1798 Intrepretative Centre in Enniscorthy.
Placed in the beautiful backdrop of Vinegar Hill, the town is renowned for its Blackstairs Blues Festival, Opera Festival, pottery industry and Marconi connection. In July a Strawberry Fair is held in Enniscorthy. Well worth a visit!
New Ross located on the joint estuary of the Barrow and the Nore, this is a
hilly town with the same narrow, medieval streets as Wexford. It's a busy port with some
unique floating attractions; the Galley Cruising Restaurant and the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship
both to be found along the quayside of the town. This is a must for your itinerary! The Kennedy Country; a trilogy
of three visitor attractions associated with the late President Kennedy family must be
visited during your stay in this town.
Gorey a traditional market town and its environs
has a lot to see and do. The town boasts fantastic Pugin and listed architecture. Courtown
Harbour, a visitor to this area can experience adventure, watersports, leisurely strolls,
golf and equestrian activities. An active region, nightlife and entertainment is abundant.
Fine food, good accommodation and great hospitality has always been taken for granted
here. The principal town in North Wexford, only one hour from Dublin, Gorey is an ideal
base for exploring both Wexford and Wicklow.
Stretching along the curve of the bay, Rosslare Strand is Wexford’s original holiday resort.
Blue flag beach, excellent watersport amenities and a reputation for hospitality has
always made Rosslare popular with visitors. Rosslare Europort is Ireland's second largest
passenger port with sailings to the UK and mainland Britain. Both the Rosslare Strand and
Europort areas are well equipped with quality approved accommodation, golf courses,
equestrian, watersport and many other activities for all the family.
This small rural fishing village has a special charm not easily forgotten. Entering the
village you are greeted by an avenue of thatched cottages, a fishing harbour and brand new marina.
It is possible to visit the uninhabited Saltees from here, very popular with
birdwatchers. The village is also renowned for its seafood cuisine and traditional pubs.
The Hook Peninsula
The low lying Hook Peninsula which forms the eastern boundary of Waterford Harbour is
located in the South-West corner of County Wexford. The peninsula has always been an
important landmark for sailors on their route to Waterford Harbour. Famous for its wreck
diving and wild landscape. One of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world is
located on its tip has been restored and is now open to visitors.