Wallet friendly things to do in County Wexford

The best wallet-friendly things to do while staycationing in County Wexford

 

This week’s #TravelTuesday tip: Packed lunches and picnics are a great way to enjoy the local food and to keep the costs relatively low. Try some local food and fall in love with the taste of Wexford.

 

Looking for an unforgettable staycation, but worried about the costs? Do not worry, County Wexford has a lot to offer without breaking the bank. Check out our list below for all the amazing wallet-friendly things you can do while enjoying your staycation in Wexford.

 

To avoid disappointment, book your visit well in advance, the earlier the better and check the attraction’s social media and/or website before leaving as opening hours may be subject to change dependent on restrictions and unforeseeable circumstances due to COVID-19. 

 

Wexford Lavender Farm

Entry: Free Parking: 3 | Booking: Not necessary 

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Wexford Lavender Farm has gained a lot of popularity lately, and considering the beauty of this place, we are not surprised. Even actress Amy Huberman and bloggers like Lauren Arthurs and Daniella Moyles paid a visit to this beautiful place. Wexford Lavender Farm offers four acres of lavender, a beautiful café located in converted stables, gift shop, childrens’ play area, quad barrel train ride, visitor information centre with distillery equipment, woodland walks, plant sales and a fun day out for the whole family. Located within a fifteen minute drive from Gorey, you will not regret making a trip to share the passion for purple. The ideal background for that cute couple’s picture or an Instagram photoshoot with your best friend.

 

 

Raven Point Loop

Entry: Free | Booking: Not necessary

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Recently listed as one of the 50 great walks in Ireland in the Irish Independent by Pól Ó Conghaile, the Raven Point Loop is a great thing to do whether doing it as a family, a group of friends, a couple or solo. It starts off in the stunning pine forest and circles around the Wexford harbour. You also get to come back by one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. Like Pól said, “you get a little bit of everything”. Why not finish the trail with a picnic on the beach? Whether as a date or with friends, it is guaranteed to be the perfect end to the day. 

 

 

The Little Saltee Restaurant & Takeaway 

Entry: Free | Booking: Not necessary

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We always face a challenge when choosing a place to eat for our next date or for a friends’ gathering. Worry not, this time we have it sorted for you. The Little Saltee Restaurant & Takeaway of Kilmore Quay is considered to be one of the best chippers in Ireland and one of the only places you can get incredibly fresh, high-quality fish for low prices. Enjoy a delicious Monkfish supper for just under a tenner. Enjoy The Little Saltee experience away from the elements in their comfortable and casual restaurant setting. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

 

The Little Saltee also offers a delicious takeaway with a wide range of freshly prepared fish from beer battered haddock to monkfish medallions to choose from. A great place to get together with friends you have not seen in a while, everyone will find something to suit their taste.  And do not forget about the homemade chips which are peeled and chipped every single morning. 

 

Fridays are for takeaways 🙌Can we tempt you with our crispy beer battered haddock and homemade chips? 🤤 Go on – it's the weekend after all! 🥳

Posted by The Little Saltee Restaurant & Takeaway on Friday, January 17, 2020

 

Seal Rescue 

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Basic Tour

Entry: Donation based | Booking: TBC

Temporarily paused due to COVID-19

 

Enjoy free entry to Seal Rescue Ireland’s Visitor Centre open everyday from 10am-5pm (until 6pm from May-Sep). Enjoy an informative and fascinating tour and learn more about Ireland’s seals on the day and why they need help. Meet the seals in care of the Seal Rescue Ireland, learn their unique stories and personalities, and what the rehabilitation process involves for them when touring the kennels and rehabilitation pools. End your visit by checking out their eco-friendly gift shop, and get the chance to adopt your favourite seal pup.

 

Seal Feed & Enrichment’ Experience

Entry: €20 | Booking: Necessary, book here

Daily Time-slots Available: 10:00am – 11:00am; 12:30pm – 1:30pm; 3:00pm – 4:00pm; 5:00pm – 6:00pm

 

See the adorable seal pups up close, get involved in their rehabilitation, and help get them one step closer to being released back into the wild. The one-hour experience will begin with a behind the scenes tour of the hospital where you will have the opportunity to assist the skilled staff in preparing feeds and other enrichment items to keep the seals happy, healthy and mentally stimulated while in care. You will also tour the rehabilitation pools and have the chance to feed the seals, watch them dive and compete for fish, and develop skills which they will need to flourish in the wild.

 

Details: Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and children under 2 are not able to come into the hospital area.

Discount: Receive €5 off a seal adoption(s) of your choice for participating.

 

 

Dunbrody Abbey

Opening dates: 1st May to 30th September 2020

Entry: Admission to Abbey 4 per adult or 1 per child or Maze / Museum / Pitch & Putt only 7 per adult or 4 per child | Booking: Necessary, email patrick@dunbrodyabbey.com or call Patrick: 086 275 9149 

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Dunbrody Abbey is full of history. It was founded in 1170 after the Norman invasion of Ireland. It was completed circa 1220, but additions may have continued for some time. The Castle garden is the resting-place for an intricate yew hedge maze. Made with 1,500 yew trees, and gravel paths, it is one of only two full-size mazes in Ireland. Definitely a unique experience for your next roadtrip with friends or your partner. 

 

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Forth Mountain

Entry: Free | Booking: Not necessary

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Forth Mountain is a stunning, rock outcrop rising to an amazing height of 780 feet (235m) just southwest of Wexford town. It is a great trail to hike during a beautiful day, the panoramic views from the top of Wexford coastline include Rosslare, Our Lady’s Island, Saltee Islands, Hook Head lighthouse and across into Dunmore East and the Waterford estuary. The Forth Mountain, unlike any other mountain in Ireland, boasts of 500-600 million-year-old rock, a pivotal location in the 1798 Rebellion, the remains of houses built in the early 1900s, a grotto, and a climb of almost 235m high. A fun thing to do as a family, with a group of friends or why not choose it as an idea for the next date with your partner. Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the top. 

 

 

Blackwater Foot Golf 

Entry:  €5 per head, second round only €2.50 | Booking: Necessary, click here or call 087 349 7201

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Foot Golf at Blackwater is a lot of fun. The game is played to the rules of golf with just one difference: you use footballs instead of golf balls.  And of course, the holes are bigger and the course is shorter.  The player who plays 18 holes with the fewest shots wins.  As in golf, you play your first shot on a hole from the tee box, and work your way towards the green, avoiding the bunkers and other hazards. A game of Foot Golf takes around an hour, and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. They also offer Foot Pool, which you can read more about here. Gather a group of your besties or challenge your partner to a game full of fun and laughter. 

 

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Abbey Par 3 

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Crazy Golf Course

Entry: Adult €6, Child €5 Booking: Necessary, call 086 608 4257

 

Enjoy the new Crazy Golf course and 18 holes with famous landmarks such as Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, Main Street Fethard, Loftus Hall and many more. The Hook Peninsula theme is very popular already. Clubs and golf balls supplied. A great thing to do as a family, with a group of friends or why not enjoy it as a fun date with your partner. 

 

Golf

Entry: From €25 per family of 4 Booking: Necessary, call 086 608 4257

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Abbey Par 3 Golf near Fethard-on-Sea in County Wexford is 40 acres of well groomed parkland. 18 holes with sand bunkers, water hazards and challenging greens maintained to the highest standard will test your skills. The course is open from dawn to dusk all year. Another great thing to do in County Wexford during your next get together with your friends. 

 

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Crab Fishing

Entry: Free Booking: Not necessary

 

Have you ever been crab fishing? Definitely a unique thing to do while staying in County Wexford. Kilmore, Cahore Pier, Rosslare Harbour, Fethard Beach and Duncannon are all popular spots for this. Bait is usually available in the local shops. All you need is some pieces of bacon cut up, a length of a string and a bucket.

 

 

Baginbun Beach

Entry: Free | Booking: Not necessary

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A stunning, secluded and sheltered beach located just outside Fethard in County Wexford. Why not grab some blankets, delicious local Wexford food and enjoy a picnic with your friends? Also, a great place for a game of badminton or volleyball. Or an ideal place for your next date or a family day out. 

 

 

Oulart Hill and the Tulach a’ tSolais Monument

Entry: Free | Booking: Not necessary

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Enjoy an amazing walk and see as far as Wales from the top of the hill on a fine day. Download a printable map available here as it comes with a lot of stories connected to sites along the way and off you go. There are three separate but equally stunning trails to choose from that interlink with each other: The Jean Kennedy Smith Walk (Approx 2.9 miles), The UnYoke Walk (Approx 6.4 miles) and Cosán na Glóire Walk (Approx. 0.3 miles). 

 

 

Our Lady’s Island Lake

Entry: Free | Booking: Not necessary

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Our Lady’s Island is an ancient place of pilgrimage in the south eastern corner of Ireland in the diocese of Ferns. A beautiful, tranquil place for a walk with stunning views of the lake and swans. A lovely landscape of rolling hills with cows grazing in the background. An ideal place to clear the mind and for a walk with that someone special.

 

Our Lady's Island

 

Beautiful blue flag beaches you can enjoy while in County Wexford include Ballymoney North Beach, Courtown, Morriscastle, Ballinesker, Curracloe (White Gap), Rosslare and Carne.

 

Other stunning trails to walk include Ballyteige Burrow in Kilmore Quay, Croghan Mountain, Coolmelagh in Bunclody, Tara Hill or Kilbrannish in Bunclody.

 

Note: All prices listed are subject to availability and are correct from the website today 21/7/2020, we advise to book online in advance if possible. 

Next week #TravelTuesday we will share the best beaches to visit in County Wexford.

 

Featured photo credit: @wexfordrone