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County Wexford

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County Wexford, in Southeast Ireland, is the country's caravan and camping capital. The northeast coast of the county is especially popular with domestic tourists from Dublin with its long sandy beaches.



Wexford benefits from a warmer and sunnier climate than the north and west of Ireland, together with Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford the region is known as the "sunny southeast".

The longest continuous beach in Ireland runs for about 27km and extends from Kilmuckridge, a few miles south of Cahore Point, down as far as Raven Point which is on the northern side of Wexford Harbour, a shallow bay.

The county is characterised by a few rolling hills with Tara Hill (272m) to the north, while the northwest of the county bordering County Carlow is lined by the Blackstairs Mountains where the highest peak Mount Leinster reaches 793m (2,605ft). Sliabh Coillte at 268m is the highest hill in the south of the county.

Once you round the south east corner of Ireland at Carnsore Point, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, there is a noticeable difference in the sea as it generally appears bluer and it is considerably deeper.

Also of notable interest are the Saltee Islands lying off the south coast - these are an important bird sanctuary. The islands are privately owned, but may be visited on day trips from Kilmore Quay.


  • Wexford - county town and an old viking town.
  • Gorey - This is on the main Dublin - Wexford road.
  • Enniscorthy - has Strawberry fair every July and historic site of 1798 rebellion
  • New Ross - located on the river Barrow, on the Kilkenny border. Attractions include the Dunbrody Famine ship and Ros Tapestry.
  • Rosslare - the ferry port is located just outside Wexford. Year-round services to Wales, summertime ferries to Cherbourg and Roscoff in France.
  • Kilmore Quay - Picturesque fishing village located along the south coast, the gateway to the Saltee Islands.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Kilmuckridge
  • Blackwater
  • Carnsore - located at the very south east corner of Ireland.
  • Fethard-on-Sea - located in the southwest of the county, close to many beautiful beaches and coves.

Get in[edit]

  • Rosslare Ferryport - daily year-round ferries from the UK and seasonally from France
  • From north: N11 Road from Dublin
  • From west: Waterford - New Ross road
  • Dublin - Rosslare railway

Get around[edit]

There is an Irish Rail service a few times daily from Dublin to Gorey to Wexford Town to Rosslare

Bus Eireann operate regular services to all the main towns and also operate a range of rural routes linking outlying areas to major towns. Many of these routes only operate on one or two days a week. Other bus companies including Wexford Bus, Ardcavan and Kilbride Coaches also operate routes.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The famous J.F. Kennedy Park. The ancestral home of former US President John F. Kennedy is located at Dunganstown, just outside New Ross. It is 250 hectare park dedicated to the memory of the late JFK. It contains an Arboretum which of international standing.
  • Johnstown Castle. Close to Wexford Town, in its grounds is the Irish Agricultural Museum.
  • The Irish National Heritage Park, just outside Wexford Town at Ferrycarrig. Has a reconstruction of a stone age settlement. More details at [2]
  • Wexford County Museum Castle Hill, Enniscorthy.
  • Guillemot Maritime Museum Kilmore Quay, located in South Co. Wexford. The Maritime Museum is housed on board the lightship Guillemot.
  • Hook Head and Lighthouse. The oldest operational lighthouse in the world is located on the eastern side of the entrance to Waterford harbour at the very southwest tip of the county. It is a good area for sea-bird watching. Tours of the working lighthouse available. Cafe/tea shop open year-round.
  • Tintern Abbey. An impressive 13th Century Cistercian abbey located near Saltmills, which lies on Bannow Bay in the Southwest part of the county, on the road to Hook Head. Sister abbey to the abbey of the same name in Wales. Several woodland trails along a picturesque river, and a beautiful walled garden (Colclough Walled Garden). Tours available and tea shop open April-October, abbey grounds and walking trails open year-round.
  • Beaches. Wexford has hundreds of kilometres of coastline and some pristine beaches. Curracloe north of Wexford Town was the used in place of the Normandy beaches during the filming of "Saving Private Ryan". Carnivan, near Fethard-on-Sea, is a popular surf beach in the southwest of the county.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Fr. Murphy Centre (Boolavogue), Boolavogue, Ferns, Co. Wexford (16 km from Gorey heading to Wexford), 053 9366898, [1]. 10-5. Set in a tranquil rural setting, this house and farmyard were once home to Fr. John Murphy, immortalised in the popular ballad, "Boolavogue". Fr. Murphy got caught up in the 1798 Rebellion and was killed by Crown forces after a military tribunal. Here, the house and yard have been restored and span a 250-year period embracing both the historical and rural aspects of the area. Traditional music every Wednesday night during July and August. €6 adult €4 senior citizens.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Many pubs will serve lunch and dinner, and there are some great restaurants in the towns and villages - look out for fresh seafood.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Some great traditional pubs all over the county, look out for live Irish (traditional) music nights.

Get out[edit]

By car[edit]

Take the N11 to Dublin, N30 to Waterford/Cork, N24 to Limerick.

By bus[edit]

Bus services available to Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick.

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