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Wexford was first invaded by the Vikings, who established the nation’s first proper towns along the banks of the majestic River Slaney. Nowadays the hordes who occupy Wexford’s wonderful beaches have more innocent aims in mind and are likely to get up to nothing more aggressive than sandcastle building. Officially Ireland’s sunniest county, Wexford is a haven for beach bums and history hounds alike.
Johnstown Castle is the kind of turreted fantasy that Walt Disney would have been proud to call his own. This fairytale Victorian Gothic confection nestles in the heart of a beautiful garden estate. Located 5 km southwest of Wexford town, this stunning parkland of forests, lakes, and ornamental gardens provides the ideal balance for your beach adventures.
Stay in Rosslare and you’re within easy reach of the Irish National Heritage Park, an admirably authentic recreation of Irish life over the past 9,000 years. Even if history is not your thing, you’ll be impressed by the meticulous detail of everything from ring forts to Viking houses.
Immerse yourself in history at the recently restored Enniscorthy Castle, where you can follow the development of Enniscorthy and its castle from the 12th Century. Explore fascinating exhibitions on the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy and the work of Irish furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray. Take the stairs to the roof to savour stunning views of Vinegar Hill and the surrounding countryside..
There is something enchanting about lighthouses, with their soaring lines and comforting beams. Discover the magic for yourself in New Ross with the 13th-century Hook Lighthouse, just 35 km from New Ross. This iconic structure is the world’s oldest working lighthouse. Climb 115 steps to the balcony and enjoy dramatic ocean views.
Take a boat trip from Kilmore Quay to the wild Saltee Islands. These islands were a target for pirates and smugglers in days of old, but now they’re a magnet for hundreds of gannets, puffins, and seals. The Saltees make a perfect day out for wildlife lovers, anglers, or families looking for something different.
Few regular seaside towns can boast an internationally recognised opera festival, but then Wexford is no ordinary seaside town. Acclaimed by the Frommers Guide as “one of the best small festivals in the world,” the annual Wexford Festival Opera stages three operas that are considered to be unfairly neglected.
Delve into Irish history with a visit to the 1798 National Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy. Here you can cross “the bridge to democracy” and explore exhibits outlining the spread of revolution across Europe and a visual representation of the final major battle on Vinegar Hill.
Nestled in the broad sweep of Courtown Bay, Courtown is one of the most delightful seaside resorts on the southeast coast. A tiny fishing village, its real charm lies in its stunning setting and tranquil atmosphere. And with its location in the sunniest county in Ireland, Courtown might be your best bet for an Irish summer holiday.
The Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the leading tourist attractions in Wexford and the southeast. It is based on a remarkably faithful reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, which delivers a world-class interpretation of what unfortunate emigrants experienced while fleeing the Famine. A visit incorporates a guided tour with performers in period dress and first-rate exhibitions.
Picture-perfect Kilmore Quay is a tranquil fishing village characterised by quirky thatched cottages, lobsters, and superb restaurants. It is also a great base for exploring the profusion of adjacent unspoilt beaches and peerless sand dunes.
2.1km from Duncannon
Surround yourself with the beautiful scenery of Duncannon, County Wexford, when you stay at this wonderful 4-star self catering property. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic break, it offers peace and seclusion in unspoilt surroundings on a working farm, where you can observe the daily workings of an Irish farm.
Activities for you to enjoy while breathing in the fresh country air include fishing, hill walking, pitch n’ putt, and pony trekking (8km).
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0.5km from Bunclody
You are just a short stroll from the picturesque village of Bunclody, County Wexford, when you stay at this four-star holiday home. The detached holiday home (with owners resident nearby) is situated in a pretty courtyard with ample private parking. You can enjoy exceptional gardens, judged best in Bunclody and district in the local 2010 Horticultural Society Awards and awarded silver gilt status by the Co. Wexford Garden and Flower Club.
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2.6km from Kilmuckridge
These spacious self catering bungalows sleep up to seven people in a tranquil rural setting. They are conveniently located near the coastal village of Klmuckridge and make a good base for touring the east and southeast. Rosslare Port, Wexford, Enniscorthy, and Gorey are all within easy driving distance.
10.5km from Wexford
Nestled in a secluded courtyard corner, this self catering property offers a uniquely charming and relaxing experience. Centrally located just ten minutes' drive from historic Wexford town, it is within easy reach of Wexford's main attractions, including the Dunbrody famine ship, JFK Homestead & Park, Johnstown Castle & Gardens, the Hook Lighthouse, miles of sandy beaches, fishing, golf, horse riding & racing, walking, and scenic rolling countryside. The self catering property has been tastefully converted from an old granary into a 4-star gem using locally sourced materials including pitch pine salvaged from Wexford Quays.
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0.3km from Rosslare
Stay at an exclusive development of 4-star self-catering properties just a 15-minute stroll from the Blue Flag beach at Rosslare Strand and its many pubs and restaurants. One of the newest self-catering developments in Rosslare, these 3-bedroom holiday homes are constantly being upgraded and feature exceptional insulation standards, landscaped grounds, and FREE WiFi in many of the houses.
4.2km from Fethard-On-Sea
The holiday home is beautifully furnished and decorated. Relax in the cosy living area in front of an open fire, and enjoy meals together in the modern kitchen with its excellent cooking facilities.
Located in a small development called Hookless Village, the holiday home is only a short walk from Sandeel Bay, a coastal paradise with opportunities for deep-sea angling, bird watching, snorkelling, swimming, or just lazing on the beach.
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0.3km from Fethard-On-Sea
Experience a superior standard of 4-star accommodation 1km from the heritage town of Fethard on Sea, just 2 minutes' walk from a sandy beach in County Wexford. This cluster of 21 luxury holiday homes is set in a private cul-de-sac beside Grange Beach. All cottages sleep 5 people, with 3 bedrooms, and are fully equipped with every requirement for an enjoyable holiday.
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0.6km 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.
2km from Rosslare Harbour
Both of these beautiful holiday homes enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting in the countryside near Kilrane, County Wexford, in the very sunny south east of Ireland.
The cottages have one bedroom and are renovated to excellent modern standards whilst still retaining great rural charm. They are beautifully furnished throughout to make your stay a relaxing one. Facilities in the cottages include a TV, a dishwasher, microwave, a tumble dryer and washing machine.
2.5km from Blackwater
Enjoy the splendid isolation of unspoilt countryside at this traditionally restored farmhouse in Blackwater. Leave the luxury of the four-star property to enjoy trips to the beach (2km), country walks, and visits to surrounding towns and museums.
Accommodating 5 guests, the house features a modern kitchen, diningroom. sittingroom, bathroom, and 3 bedrooms (one en-suite). There is plenty of space outside for parking, ball games etc. An old garden with fruit trees at the back of the house is ideal for barbecues and eating out.
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