Extreme Adventure at Gravity Forest Park
Gravity Forest Park boasts the largest adventure ropes courses in Ireland. With varying levels, get ready for Aerial Trekking, Zip Wires, Climbing Walls and more!
Most of the activities are all inclusive and are suitable and accessible for wheel chair users. Height restriction of 1.3 meters or taller and maximum weight of 120kg applies to all activities. Check out Gravity park on YouTube
Location : Courtown, Gorey
T: +353 (0) 539424849
Sat Nav: 52.645433,-6.22766
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 world you enter is an authentic recreation of Ireland’s heritage. Homesteads, places of ritual, burial modes and long forgotten remains will enlighten the casual visitor and interest the scholar.YouTube Video of the Heritage Park
T: +353 (0) 53 912 0733
Sat Nav: N: 52.348 W: -6.51673
JFK Park & 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.
Special features include an Ericaceous Garden, (with 500 different rhododendrons, and many varieties of azaleas and heathers), dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, and is a haven for waterfowl.
A road provides access to the 217m summit from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and an audio visual show.
Location: 12 km south of New Ross
T: +353 (0)51 388171
Sat Nav: 52.319261,-6.934819
Johnstown Castle and Irish Agricultural Museum
The harmony between great Victorian revival castles and their surrounding ornamental grounds is rarely seen to such perfection as at Johnstown Castle.
The mature woodlands and lakes of this demesne provide the perfect setting for this turreted, battlemented and machicolated castle of gleaming silver-grey ashlar, built for the Grogan Morgan family between 1810 and 1855 and incorporating part of a more ancient castle.
The Irish Agricultural Museum is a premier cultural institution within the South East. It showcases country life and displays a vast array of artefacts relating to a bygone era including carts, ploughs, country dressers and sugan chairs. YouTube video of Johnstown Castle.
Location: Johnstown Castle Estate
Sat Nav: N: 52.17782 W: -6.30355
Kilmore Quay and the Saltee Islands
Kilmore Quay is a beautiful small fishing village 20km from Wexford town noted for it's white washed thatched cottages and relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
A favourite with anglers, wildlife lovers and families, fishing boats ferry day trippers out to the Saltees Islands from the quay. The Islands were once a magnet for pirates and smugglers but are now home to hundreds of gannets, puffins and seals! Kilmore is famous for producing some of the best and freshest seafood in the country.
The Hook Peninsula and 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.
Relax by the sea and keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and even whales - check out this YouTube video of humpbacks off the hook! In clear weather, you can see for miles, and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
Wexford Harbour and its Slobs are natural havens for birds. Located on the south-east coast of Ireland, they are the closest point for birds migrating into or out of Ireland from Britain and the Continent from a southerly direction.
Waders and wildfowl in particular are attracted to the area where the flat landscape and the wide shallow harbour with its sandbars and mud banks provide safe areas to feed, loaf, roost and breed.
From early October through to the middle of April, the North and South Slobs and the Harbour are home to thousands of ducks, geese, swans and waders making this a site of major international importance for wildfowl and waders. In addition, during spring and autumn, large numbers of birds on migration stop to feed in these rich areas.
It's a short drive to the stunning Raven Nature Reserve - a beautiful place for a walk or cycle through mature pine forest growing on old sand dunes parallel to the sea.
T 353 (0) 53 912 3406
Sat Nav: 52.35960, -6.41720