Fun in the sun for less!
A break away to County Wexford doesn’t need to break the bank and so for today’s #TravelTuesday, we’ve listed some suggestions to keep you entertained without reaching for your wallet!
Explore the great outdoors
Wexford boasts an extensive, stunning coastline that’s home to a number of beaches perfect for a relaxing stroll or a dip in the water. One of the interesting things County Wexford has to offer is the varying landscapes across the different parts of the county. Not only are there an abundance of beaches but also forests, gardens and mountains – such as Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs Mountains – which all make ideal routes for an adventure.
Wexford Walking Trails have created a range of quality walking trails varying in the scenery, so you can choose from a selection every time. Check out the best Coastal Walking Trails, Woodlands trails, Mountain Trails and Heritage Trails around the county.
Immerse yourself in nature with some of the breathtaking reserves in Wexford. Enjoy a free guided tour of the visitor centre, observation tower and hides at Wexford’s Wildlife Reserve. Walk amongst the trees of the Ravenwood Point Walk in Curracloe that leads to one of the most unique coastal locations in Ireland. Or why not try a foraging walk in the wood to gather berries, mushrooms, wild garlic and other edible plants which you can take home.
Get active for free
If you’re the active type why not bring your bicycle and cycle through the streets of many of Wexford’s historical and cultural towns and villages or cycle the Eurovelo Route Cycling Trail. Maybe you’re a real sporting type and want to try your hand at some water sports – Wexford’s coastlines and rivers offer the perfect base for some windsurfing, canoeing or kayaking that’s entirely free if you have your equipment to bring along.
Take a day trip to Kilmore Quay and visit the state-of-the-art playground there, just beside the car park which overlooks the beautiful Saltee Islands. You can then take a walk down to the harbour where you may spot some seals following the fishing vessels!
Step back in time with Wexford’s free heritage sites
If history and culture is your thing, then the following historically significant locations are a must-visit;
The castle was built in the 13th century and originally, the castle formed a square. Only half of the castle now remains, but it is still an incredible sight. Ferns was once the capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Leinster and Ferns Castle served as the political base for Diarmait Mac Murchada, king of Leinster. It is also home to the Ferns Tapestry, a 15-metre long tapestry detailing the history of Ferns. Enjoy a free tour, insightful guide and visitor centre as well as a walk around the stunning architecture.
Not only are the views from the top of the hill worth the walk up, but this landmark is also one of huge historical importance in County Wexford. Parking is free and you can read the stone plaque explaining the history associated with the place, the tower ruins and spectacular views. Sit back, relax and look down on Enniscorthy and the surrounding countryside and take time to contemplate on the sheer significance of what happened here.
Tacumshane Windmill is the only complete windmill of its kind in the country. The impressive structure was built in 1846 and you can even have a look inside the windmill – just collect the keys from the nearby Meyler’s Millhouse Bar & Restaurant!
Take in one of the most iconic landmarks in Wexford and, indeed, in Ireland. Ample parking is available free of charge. Explore the grounds of the world’s oldest operational lighthouse and feast your eyes on the breathtaking coastline at Hook Head. It is a great spot for spotting sea life like seals, dolphins and even whales! There is also a free maritime exhibition on-site, as well as a café where you can enjoy a hot drink and some snacks on the picnic benches on the grounds.
So, book your holidays now in County Wexford and have the best of times without breaking the bank!