Things To Do in Wexford
Located in the heart of Wexford in ‘ the sunny south east ‘ the Cedar Lodge is situated beneath the slopes of historic Carrigbyrne Forest.
It is ideally placed for those with a fondness for outdoor pursuits – walking, golfing, fishing, cycling, horse riding, beaches etc.
There are many places of historical interest – Dunbrody Famine Ship, Dunbrody Abbey. Tintern Abbey, Hook Lighthouse, J.F. Kennedy Homestead, J.F. Kennedy Arboretum,
The Corinethum Colum, museum in Enniscorthy, and many castles and abbeys.
Wexford has many famous people who descended from Wexford – Marconi, John Holland, The Kennedys.
The Dunbrody Famine Ship
The Dunbrody was a 19th Century three-masted sailing ship that brought many emigrants from Ireland to North America during and after the Great Famine. An exact replica of this 176ft long 19th century ship was constructed and completed in 2001. Today she rests at the New Ross quay beside a fascinating state-of-the -art visitor centre which is a key focus for tourism in the area.
The Hook Lighthouse
The Visitor Centre at Hook Lighthouse is at the tip of the Hook Peninsula, Lonely Planet describes it as one of the top 14 attractions in Ireland. The centre offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower, one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse is a 13th Century Norman structure, built by the Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, culminating with the spectacular view from the balcony.
Explore this unique site and discover all that Rosslare has to offer including Water Sports, golf, tennis, bowling, art and a host of sporting and entertainment facilities – in fact everything a family desires for a perfect holiday. Golden beaches, rolling sand dunes, clear crystal water, miles of manicured golf courses and a children’s playground are just some of the wonders that await you in Rosslare. Famous for quality accommodation, thrilling cuisine and atmospheric pubs, Rosslare is a tranquil heaven with something for all the family.
John F Kennedy Arboretum
Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slievecoiltia. It contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in botanical sequence. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. A road provides access to the 271m summit from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and an audio visual show.
Dunbrody Abbey, founded in 1170, is one of the finest examples of a Cistercian Monastery in Ireland. Attractions include the Abbey, the Maze with Pitch & Putt, Craft Shop and Tea Room. Dunbrody Abbey was founded in 1170 on the instructions of Strongbow, by Herve de Montmorency (his uncle), after the Norman invasion of Ireland. It was completed circa 1220, but additions may have continued for some time.
Irish National Heritage Park
A visit to the Irish National Heritage Park is like no other you can imagine. Surprises await around every turn as you explore 35 acres of this remarkable heritage trail. From campsite to Ringfort, from mill to Fulacht Fiadh, from Crannog to Viking house, every activity is an unexpected adventure into 9,000 years.
The Ros Tapestry
The Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre features a permanent exhibition of the acclaimed and embroidered Ros Tapestries. Beginning as an inspired and ambitious project, it is an excellent example of what can be produced when a work of imagination and charm is combined with the dedication and skill of like-minded embroidery enthusiasts.
For more information on these and other attractions and activities in Wexford, check out visitwexford.ie.