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Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Ireland, Courtown is one of Ireland’s most beloved seaside resorts. There is a long tradition of Dublin families decamping to the colourful beach town for the summer, but whatever time of the year, and wherever you’re from, you’re sure to give in to the charm of Courtown.
Part of the “sunny southeast,” Courtown gets more sunshine than most other parts of the country, making it an ideal location for summer days at the beach or long walks in the bracing winter sunshine. Add to this a relatively low level of rainfall, compared with the rest of Ireland, and Courtown probably gives you your best chance of a sun holiday in Ireland.
Ask any local or seasoned visitor for a list of 10 reasons to visit Courtown, and many of them would simply reel off their favourite beaches in the area. Courtown itself has a south beach close to town and a much larger north beach that has been a favourite with families, water babies, sun worshippers, and walkers for centuries. The south beach is not suitable for swimming, but the north beach has lifeguards in summer. The other Courtown beaches are Dodds Rocks, Saleen, Ballymoney (north and south), Clones Strand, Kilmichael Strand, Kilpatrick Beach, and - in south Courtown - Ardamine, Poulshone, and Roney Point.
Beach resorts and amusement centres and arcades go together like fish and chips. Courtown has several venues of various sizes. The smaller ones, including Sinnotts and Flanagan’s Wharf have slot machines and video games. Flanagan’s Wharf also has Whacky World, a kids’ adventure area, with Free Fall Slides, wavy slides, net climbs, Ball Pools, and safety crash mats. Courtown Amusement Centre is a larger all-weather venue, which has a good range of video games, slot machines, and skill testers, as well as a selection of outdoor rides, including a sticky wall, bumpers, waltzers and a kiddie roller coaster.
Situated next door to Courtown Amusement Centre, just off the main upper square, Pirates Cove is home to a family-friendly adventure golf course with greens, caves, rivers, tropical gardens and a pirate ship. Other attractions include the only computerised ten-pin bowling centre in Wexford, Fun Caves play area for the under-threes, and fully interactive, large-scale, radio-controlled models of trucks, safari cars and pirate ships.
Abandon the beach and head out to sea for the day with Courtown Sea Safari. This company runs sea tours from Courtown harbour, so you can enjoy anything from seal watching at the aptly named Roney Rock (rón is the Irish for seal) to tours of Cahore Point, the old dredger wreck, Kilmichael Point, and Courtown Bay. Tours can be tailored to suit your needs.
Take a day trip to Ferrycarrig, 46km from Courtown and enjoy a journey back in time at the Irish National Heritage Park. Spread over 35 acres, this fascinating heritage trail brings to life interesting periods in Irish history over the past 9,000 years. Explore ancient campsites and ring forts and imagine life in a crannóg or a Viking house. Activities include constructing a wall using the ancient technique of wattling, rock art, panning for gold, and rowing a coracle boat. You can also try archery, spear throwing, and archaeological digs (booking essential).
Lushly planted with oak and ash, Courtown Woodland dates back to 1870, when it was planned as a typical Victorian estate around Courtown House. Recent work has seen improvements in walking trails and careful management of the trees by Coillte. Located north of the village, Courtown Woodland covers about 25 hectares. Ballinatray Bridge on the southwest boundary is particularly attractive.
An area has been designated for water sports directly beside the RNLI Boathouse in Courtown Harbour. Jet skiing, surfing, and zap catting (racing around in power boats) are among the activities available. Courtown Sailing Club is particularly active, with cruiser sailing on Saturday afternoons and dinghy sailing on Sunday mornings. You can also book canoe classes through Gorey School of Kayaking and try your hand at sea fishing with Courtown Sea Angling Centre.
All that sun, sea, and sand just begs for a festival, and the Sea Sunday Festival in Courtown fits the bill. Held over three days in mid-July, the festival is a family-focused affair with plenty of water-based sports - especially fishing - and lots of family entertainment. The annual blessing of the boats pays tribute to those from the area lost at sea.
Take a trip to Enniscorthy, 35km from Courtown, to discover more about the emergence of modern democracy in Ireland. The National 1798 Visitor Centre is an award-winning centre that uses cutting-edge technology, a superb audio-visual presentation, and an interesting exhibition area to provide fascinating insights into the epic saga of the 1798 Rebellion and its aftermath.
1.2km from Courtown
Welcome to a unique development of exclusive rental properties in one of Ireland's prime seaside resorts. These holiday homes offer the best of four-star accommodation in Courtown Harbour, County Wexford. They are perfect for a family holiday as they are situated in a colourful holiday destination, which has something for everyone.
Each of these holiday homes has four bedrooms and can comfortably sleep up to six people.
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1.8km from Courtown
For luxury accommodation in the popular holiday destination of Courtown, Wexford, stay at this seaside vacation home. This is the ultimate getaway to unwind and relax, or have a fun-filled holiday with the kids. A modern bungalow with two bedrooms, it incorporates an ensuite master bedroom with a double bed, and a second bedroom with two single beds and access to a bathroom with shower. Free bed linen and towels are provided during your stay.
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1.7km from Courtown
Enjoy a romantic break or family holiday in the little village of Riverchapel near the resort town of Courtown in County Wexford. This exclusive development of self-catering properties is equipped with everything you need to make your stay a memorable and enjoyable one.
Each luxurious self-catering property has been designed to the very highest standard and is furnished with all modern comforts in mind.
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2.5km from Courtown
You are just minutes from the seaside village of Courtown, County Wexford, when you stay at one of these spacious holiday cottages on the coast at Ardamine. Beautifully finished, these properties are a short walk from a wonderful Blue Flag beach and have the convenience of being only 90 minutes' drive from Dublin.
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2.3km from Courtown
This delightful detached holiday home is located just 5 minutes' walk from the seaside town of Courtown, Co. Wexford, a premier resort renowned for its beautiful beach and restaurants. The property is comfortable and tastefully decorated to create the ideal holiday home.
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