An age-old gateway into Ireland, County Wexford is steeped in history dating back to the Stone Age, over 6,000 years ago. Journey through time on the Wexford Heritage Trail and meet our ancestors – Celts, Christians, Vikings, Normans, French, Welsh and English – who have left us a quite remarkable heritage, unrivalled anywhere else in Ireland.
Now, for the first time ever, Wexford’s history, culture and magnificent landscape are presented to you in a very special way, on the Wexford Heritage Trail. From mountain to sea, mainland to islands, our trail leads you to castles, churches and abbeys, battlefields, historic towns and villages, great houses and gardens, windmills and forts.
Explore the world’s oldest lighthouse, Ireland’s biggest open-air museum, and its most famous Famine Ship! Discover a landscape rich in biodiversity, from unique coastal habitats to the famous Wexford Slobs, a haven for wildlife and one of the most important wild bird reserves in the world.
Along our Trail, follow in the footsteps of monarchs and monks, knights and warriors, rebels and rogues, gentry and even the odd ghost! Wexford Heritage Trail has something for everyone – you won’t be disappointed
Ár mBréacha House of Storytelling
Ár mBréacha House is a traditional Storytelling House in on a small rural road just outside Camolin Storytelling sessions are held on the first Tuesday of each month throughout the year Anyone attending is invited to tell a story, sing a song, or simply listen to the stories, songs and experiences of other guests. No […]
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre
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, […]
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 is closed to the public for the duration of 2021** Ballyhack Castle commands an imperious position on a steep-sided valley overlooking Waterford Estuary. It is thought that the Knights Hospitallers of St John, one of the two mighty military orders founded at the time of the Crusades, built this sturdy tower house […]
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
WEXFORD WILDFOWL RESERVE A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ON FARMLAND Wexford Wildfowl Reserve on the North Slob is a conservation site of major international importance, visited by over 250 species of birds. Located on reclaimed land, it is the winter home for nearly half the total population of Greenland White-fronted Geese, over 7000, from October to April. […]
Wells House and Gardens
See & Do, Gardens, Outdoor & Family Fun, Wexford Attractions, Wexford Garden Trail, Wexford Heritage Trail
The Fairy Walk & Mogue’s Enchanted Walk Discover the enchanted woodland creatures and Fairy folk at Wells House, two beautiful woodland walks full of magic and wonder. Children will be enthralled as they uncover hidden treasures within the spectacular landscape of magical plants and trees. Watch out for the wishing well, fairy doors and […]
This Cistercian monastery was founded c. 1200 by William, Earl Marshal on lands held through his marriage to the Irish heiress, Isabella de Clare. This abbey, founded as a daughter-house of Tintern Major in Wales is often referred to as Tintern de Voto. The nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister still stand. In the 16th […]
PLEASE NOTE: The Ros Tapestry is currently on loan to the OPW in Kilkenny Castle. Our gallery at the Quay in New Ross is closed at present. It is anticipated that the Ros Tapestry will return to New Ross in 2023 when the planned Norman Museum opens at the Quay in New Ross. Queries may […]
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum and Gardens
See & Do, Gardens, Heritage and Culture, Wexford Attractions, Wexford Garden Trail, Wexford Heritage Trail
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens has a long and colourful story stretching over 800 years The 3 in 1 attraction has a range of activities for all ages. Enjoy a guided tour of the restored 19th-century Castle and unique servants’ tunnel – the longest domestic servants’ tunnel in Ireland. Take a look at the […]
Hook Lighthouse – The oldest original operating lighthouse in the World. Enjoy a tour of Hook Lighthouse, one of the most popular visitor attractions on Ireland’s Ancient East. Loved by visitors year round this 800 year old lighthouse has many accolades, chief amongst them; it is the oldest original operating lighthouse in the world… […]
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience & Restaurant New Ross, Co. Wexford Dunbrody Famine Ship, Experience & Restaurant opens its doors again after a 5-month restoration of the historic ship that anchors place in the waters surrounding the establishment in New Ross. The Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience is a spectacular feature of the New Ross quayside. There are […]
Founded in 1210, Dunbrody Abbey is one of the finest examples of a Cistercian monastery in Ireland. Located in Campile, County Wexford, today the abbey features a visitor centre and small cafe specialising in delicious home-baked goods. Dunbrody Abbey and Visitor Centre in County Wexford are built on the site of one of the most […]