Ireland's Ancient East

Thousands of years of history has left a remarkably rich cultural heritage right across Wexford. Begin your discovery of this rich tapestry of history with a visit to the popular and iconic destinations that give the county its title as the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East. A series of historical attractions and ruins lie waiting to be explored along with some of the most spectacular rural and coastal scenic areas in the country, including Hook Peninsula, Johnstown Castle, Duncannon Fort, Loftus Hall and Tintern Abbey. Immerse yourself in an educational tour, or enjoy a leisurely walk in this extraordinary landscape.

Traditional Blacksmith Workshop

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Have you ever daydreamed about working in a Forge, using only your hands and brute force to craft something practical and beautiful?   Perhaps it’s something that your ancestors did and have often wondered what it was like, Or maybe it’s a career change your looking for, but want to try it first before packing the […]

An Emigrant’s Tale Tour

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How many people of Irish descent live across the globe? Too many to count, and on St Patrick’s Day, it seems everyone has a little Irish in them! Many people return to Ireland to trace their roots, to visit the homestead their ancestors left behind and to reconnect with the land. On a day out […]

The Stormin’ Normans Tour

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Interested in the medieval era? This was a time of brave Knights and proud Ladies, there are literally hundreds of stories to tell. Tales of intrigue, desire, alliances and betrayal!   This wonderful day tour will give you a fuller understanding of Ireland’s Medieval past while at the same time allowing you to explore a little […]

The Ring of Hook Tour

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Hook Peninsula is one of my favourite areas of Wexford County, very lush, green and fertile land on one side and the wild Irish sea on the other! This set tour takes you through an area with narrow and winding country roads and pretty villages with some quite remarkable stories behind them. All you need to […]

The Kennedy Story and the emigrant trail

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Wexford has unique Irish American links being the ancestral home to President John F. Kennedy. Visitors can explore this connection through the emigrant trail, visiting the Kennedy Homestead, the JFK Memorial Park and the Emigrant Flame and Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the famine ship which his great grandfather left Ireland aboard.

The Norman Way

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In 1166, Diarmuid MacMurrough was ousted as King of Leinster, fled Ireland and sought help from Henry II. Henry gave Diarmuid permission to recruit mercenaries and authorised his subjects to help Diarmuid. In May 1169 the Normans first landed in Ireland at Bannow Bay in Wexford. They set about conquering Leinster and the territories over […]

Woodville House and Gardens

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Woodville House is a fine five bay, two storey over basement Georgian house dating from about 1800 situated above the river Barrow. The property was acquired by P J Roche, great grandfather of the present owner in 1876 and is now occupied by the 5th generation of Roches to live there. It is thought to […]

Wexford Walking Tours

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A historical and anecdotal tour of Wexford Town daily Monday to Saturday inclusive, from 01 April to 31 September. Tours depart from Wexford Tourist Office on Crescent Quay at 16;30 Cost €7 per person, duration; 45-60mins “History happened in all weathers and so do our tours”  

Slaney Tours

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A family-run tour company in the heart of Wexford. Slaney tours is not just your regular tour service. The proprietor, James Shannon will also be your personal tour guide. He will delight you on your journey with stories of local history, folklore and even some Irish jokes! James has already received an award from Board Fáilte […]

The National 1798 Rebellion Centre

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‘Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the events of 1798 in Ireland are etched forever on Irish history.  Vividly re-told in an exciting interpretation of events the “Rebellion Experience” at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre is not to be missed. On your visit you will meet the key figures of the Rebellion, participate in our state […]

Enniscorthy Castle

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Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Wexford’s Enniscorthy Town was built in the 13th century and remains an important piece of Irish history today. Restored and updated, the castle is now home to a new visitor experience that showcases the history of the town and its imposing castle. The Castle has been home to Norman […]

Ballyhack Castle

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Ballyhack Castle is a large tower-house thought to have been constructed by the Crusading Knight Hospitallers c. 1450. The castle has many defensive features such as a murder hole, machicolation and steep stairs along with a chapel, a secret room and plenty of space for prisoners! We have an impressive display of replica armour for […]