If you’re looking for the ultimate getaway, then look no further because County Wexford has it all!
County Wexford is one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations so it can be a challenge to squeeze in all of the things that you’d like to see and do during your time here. We’ve made things a little easier for you by creating the Wexford Bucket List.
Our #TravelTuesday tip: Plan ahead! There’s lots to see and do around the county, so planning where you want to go will allow you to fit as much into your visit as possible. Our website has directories on everything from accommodation and dining to activities and festivals so be sure to refer to them when planning your trip.
✓ Get up close and personal with the beautiful wildlife
Seal Rescue Ireland
When it comes to animals, Wexford has many unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else! Seal Rescue Ireland is Ireland’s only seal sanctuary where you can visit the seals in their care and learn all about their rehabilitation and conservation efforts. Secret Valley Wildlife Park is home to everything from farm animals to lemurs and monkeys, so take a tour of the 14-acre farm to see them all. The Saltee Ferry sails daily to the Saltee Islands during high season where you can meet the colony of puffins that live there. The remote islands are a hub for beautiful flora, fauna and memorable trips. Families love Blackwater Open Farm, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Shrule Pet Farm where kids can spend the day having fun and meeting the farm animals.
✓ Tickle your tastebuds with a food tour
In terms of food tourism destinations, Wexford is truly a hidden gem. The county’s food story dates back thousands of years and nowadays, it is teeming with the juiciest fruit, freshest seafood and lush crops. Seasoned food tourists will love Wexford’s Michelin accredited restaurants – Aldridge Lodge, La Côte, Table Forty One and The Duck Restaurant. Or those looking to learn more about Wexford’s food story and producers can book a tour with Taste Wexford.
Click here for our food directory.
✓ Immerse yourself in the history of Wexford
Irish National Heritage Park
Wexford is one of the top destinations in Ireland for history and heritage attractions. This is no surprise as the county’s history dates back to over 9,000 years ago and has everything from Viking settlements to Norman castles. The Irish National Heritage Park tells the story of some of Ireland’s earliest settlers. Experience the incredible journey of those who emigrated during The Great Famine at the Dunbrody Famine Ship. Learn about all the 1798 Rebellion – much of which took place in Wexford – at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre and visit Vinegar Hill afterwards, the site of the main battle.
✓ Visit the oldest operational lighthouse in the world
Hook Lighthouse – one of Wexford’s most recognisable sites – has been operational for over 800 years. Sitting on the edge of Hook Head, the lighthouse is surrounded by incredible rugged, coastal views. Take a tour of the lighthouse and relax in the restaurant or on the lawn afterwards with spectacular panoramic views of the peninsula.
✓ Have a beach day at some of Ireland’s best beaches
Wexford is renowned for its beaches and Curracloe Beach holds the title of the longest beach in Ireland. It has also featured in the Oscar-nominated ‘Brooklyn’ (which was also set and filmed in Enniscorthy) and the Oscar-winning ‘Saving Private Ryan’. It links up with Morriscastle Beach, another golden sandy beach with Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park overlooking the beach. Cahore Point has a newly waymarked coastal walking trail from its pier to the beautiful Cahore Beach.
Click here for our beaches directory.
✓ See the county from a different viewpoint
Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots for your trip to Wexford because there are many great mountainous and hilly areas to discover. Novice hikers will enjoy the moderate historical hills like Oulart Hill and Tara Hill which have incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. Those looking for more challenging treks will love the 13 kilometre-long Three Rocks Trail that runs all the way from Ferrycarrig to Barntown, or a hike up Mount Leinster in the Blackstairs Mountains.
Click here for our trails directory.
✓ Experience Wexford’s many top-class festivals
Rockin’ Food Festival
If there is one thing Wexford does well, it has to be festivals! No matter which town you visit in Wexford, there is bound to be a festival nearby at some point during the year. Summer brings the Rockin’ Food Festival to Enniscorthy, the popular Gorey Market House Festival to Gorey’s Main Street, the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival and even a sand-sculpting competiton is held in Duncannon. Wexford town hosts the renowned opera festival and Spiegeltent festival each year in October, then transforms into Wexford Winterland for Christmas. Santa’s Enchanted Castle in Enniscorthy is another favourite among visitors in Wexford during December.
Click here for our festivals directory.
✓ Take part in thrilling activities in incredible locations
Rosslare Golf Club
You will never be stuck for something exciting to do in Wexford. The county is home to a number of unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Book a sea cave kayaking experience with The Irish Experience and explore the hidden caves along the stunning Hook Peninsula, or relax on calmer waters kayaking down the River Slaney with Go Paddle. Get your adrenaline pumping with a high-octane quad day at Quadventure. If a round of golf is more your scene, you’re spoiled for choice in Wexford. Choose from a variety of courses from the only true links golf course in the south east with unbelievable coastal views at Rosslare Golf Club, or swap the sea for mountain views at Bunclody Golf Club and Enniscorthy Golf Club.
Click here for our activities directory.
✓ Get back to nature in gorgeous gardens
Wexford Lavender Farm
Stop and smell the roses in one of Wexford’s many gardens. If you’re visiting Tintern Abbey, be sure to stop by Colclough Walled Garden which has been beautifully restored. Kilmokea Country House boasts 7 acres of stunning gardens and you can unwind in their tea room after exploring them. Not only does Wexford Lavender Farm smell amazing, but the fields of purple are also perfect for photos to remember your day out. Glenavon Japanese Gardens and JFK Arboretum are both uniquely beautiful places to visit while immersing yourself in nature.
Click here for our gardens directory.
✓ Relax under the stars with a camping trip
Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park
Wexford is an excellent destination for camping whether you prefer traditional camping, glamping or motorhome holidays. Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park and IOAC cater for both campers and glampers. Bring your tent or choose to stay in one of Morriscastle’s coastal glamping pods or IOAC’s glamping cabins. IOAC is home to an outdoor activity centre and also has pitches for motorhomes – perfect for the adventurous getaway. Or if you’re looking for a relaxing escape to the seaside, Kilmore Quay Camping & Holiday Park is located in the heart of Kilmore Quay and can accommodate tents and motorhomes.
Click here for our camping directory.
Please note: Attractions, accommodation, festivals and other activities listed here are subject to COVID-19 guidelines. Please check the relevant business’ websites for the latest updates on opening hours, restrictions, etc. before booking or travelling.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make memories in Wexford!