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Welcome to Wexford

Welcome to Wexford, the capital town of County Wexford. The Vikings founded this town situated at the mouth of the River Slaney, around the year 800 AD and it remained as an independent Viking settlement for approximately 3 centuries. As a result, there are many interesting narrow laneways to discover. Because of its proximity to busy shipping routes in the Irish Sea, Wexford was considered a strategic location throughout much of the medieval ages. Shops, pubs and restaurants are plentiful in and off the Main Street and the lively pubs, hotels and bars often provide great live entertainment most evenings. There are many seasonal Festivals held in the town including the world famous Opera Festival, now an 18-day autumn extravaganza that presents rarely performed works in the town’s national opera house.

Wexford has now become known as the ‘Maritime Centre of Ireland’ due to its sunny beaches, coastal villages and national heritage attractions. 

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  • 2.74km to City/Town Centre

    Cedar Lodge Hotel & Restaurant

    The Cedar Lodge is a charming Country Hotel and Restaurant situated in a tranquil setting beneath the slopes of historic Carrigbyrne Forest. It is the perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world. Fine wine, food and furnishings are matched by warm and impeccable service. The Hotel is ideally placed for those with a fondness for country pursuits. Recommended by Michelin, Egon Ronay, Good Hotel Guide, the Irish Gourmet and the Hidden Places of Ireland.

    Address: Carrigbyrne, Newbawn, (Near New Ross), Co. Wexford

    • Wexford Golf Club - km
    • Wexford Opera House - km
  • 1.14km to City/Town Centre

    Clayton Whites Hotel

    The Clayton Whites Hotel is renowned as one of the best 4 star hotels in Ireland and perfectly located in the heart of Wexford Town. With luxurious accommodation and a warm and friendly welcome, it truly is a home away from home.

    Address: Clayton Whites Hotel Abbey Street, Wexford, Ireland

    • Wexford Opera House - km
    • Curracloe Beach - km
  • 1.72km to City/Town Centre

    Faythe Guest House

    The Faythe Guesthouse is a period style 3 star guesthouse in Wexford. The guesthouse is built on the grounds of a former castle and offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of Wexford town centre.Tastily renovated and decorated to a 3*Guesthouse standard. A two minute walk will have you in the heart of the main shopping area of the town. We provide a very comprehensive breakfast service served by experienced hotel trained staff including the owners Damian & Siobhan.

    Address: Swan View, Wexford, Ireland.

    • Wexford Opera House - km
    • Wexford Golf Club - km
  • 2.32km to City/Town Centre

    Ferrycarrig Hotel

    Overlooking the stunning Slaney River Estuary, the Ferrycarrig Hotel is 5 km from Wexford and offers 102 rooms with scenic river views. The award winning Reeds Restaurant was named Best Hotel Restaurant in Wexford 2016, 2017 and listed in the top 5 restaurants in Leinster by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. Reeds is a stunning river-front restaurant located at Ferrycarrig Hotel. The award-winning Dry Docks Bar has an extensive bar food menu, an outdoor deck area and live entertainment on weekends. The Active Health & Fitness Club includes a hot tub, steam room and sauna. There is a modern gym and a range of treatments is available at Riverwood Wellness.

    Address: Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford

    • Wexford Racecourse - km
    • Glengary Links - km
  • 5.76km to City/Town Centre

    Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort

    Welcome to Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort. Located less than an hour drive from Dublin, Seafield is a luxury retreat away from the stresses of everyday life and perfectly located for exploring the many attractions of the South East. Nestled in the midst of 160 acres of wooded parklands with private riverside walk to the white sands of Ballymoney Beach and the dramatic backdrop of Tara Hill, Seafield is the perfect location to relax and unwind. Get pampered and lose yourself in our exquisite Oceo Spa or enjoy a round of golf on our championship 18 hole golf course before sampling the gourmet culinary delights our restaurant has to offer.

    Address: Ballymoney, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland

    • Ballymoney Golf Club - km
    • Ballinoulart Beach - km
  • 0.91km to City/Town Centre

    St. George Guest House

    The Property retains some of its 150 year old history as it was home to the Mercy Nuns in the mid eighteen hundreds.Registered as a Guesthouse for 25 years, its been modernized to present day standards. All rooms are en-suite with TV, tea & coffee, free WiFi & car parking, all just 3 min walk from town center. Proprietor Ml Power and staff assure you of a warm welcome to the St George Guesthouse.

    Address: Upper Georges Street, Wexford

    • Wexford Opera House - km
    • Glengary Links - km
  • 1.63km to City/Town Centre

    Talbot Wexford

    Welcome to the Talbot Hotel Wexford The 4* Talbot Hotel Wexford is ideally located in the heart of Wexford Town. One of the finest hotels in the county, it boasts a vibrant bar, conference facilities and a fully equipped leisure centre and swimming pool. Each of our 107 Luxurious hotel bedrooms are relaxed and inviting and offer everything that you would expect from a four star hotel including complimentary WiFi Internet Connection, 24 Hour room service, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron (on request), telephone, work desk area, luxurious en-suite marble bathrooms and any extras that you may request to surprise a friend of business colleague. Many of our Guestrooms have views overlooking the stunning Slaney River or a view or vibrant Wexford Town. Our hotel is an ideal base for those planning on visiting Wexford for golf, the Wexford opera festival or a weekend of shopping. The Talbot Hotel Wexford is also a beautiful venue for your special occasion, having hosted many a dream day from birthday parties to wedding receptions.

    Address: On the Quay, Wexford, Ireland

    • Wexford Opera House - km
    • Wexford Golf Club - km
  • 3.92km to City/Town Centre

    The Farmer's Kitchen Hotel

    Recently renovated, The Farmer's Kitchen Hotel adds a unique flavour to Wexford Hotels and environs with a design that integrates the traditional with the contemporary. The interior of this wonderful Hotel in Wexford features clean lines of natural stonework and wood, while the luxurious leather and textured fabrics ensure that comfort is not sacrificed for style.

    Address: Rosslare Road, Drinagh, Co Wexford

    • Wexford Golf Club - km
    • Wexford Opera House - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Hook Head Lighthouse & Heritage Centre
  • Loftus Hall
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Wexford Golf Club
  • Wexford Opera House
  • Wexford Racecourse
  • Glengary Links
  • Curracloe Beach
  • The Galley, River Cruises
  • Slade Castle
  • Wexford Arts Centre
  • Ballinoulart Beach
  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork
  • Ballymoney Golf Club

Things to Do

  • Hook Head Lighthouse is Ireland’s oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. Enjoy a guided tour and take in the spectacular view with miles of sea rolling out before you. Finish off your time here with a trip to the gift shop, art workshop, exhibits and café. 

  • Loftus Hall is an abandoned house also found on the Hook Peninsula and is said by locals to have been haunted by the devil and the ghost of a young woman. It claims to be the most haunted house in Ireland. Tours can be booked for Loftus Hall including special Halloween Night Tours that aim to get you well and truly spooked! 

  • The Irish National Heritage Park is found on the banks of the picturesque River Slaney and is a great place to start your adventure in ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’. This outdoor museum brings you through an authentic recreation of 9000 years of Irish History, from man’s first settlements up to the arrival of the Normans in the 12th century. Throughout the 35 acres of woodlands and trails you will experience ancient homesteads, places of ritual, burial modes and plenty of other historical insights. Let yourself be tempted in the Restaurant where the friendly staff serve up traditional meals and light bites to suit all tastes. Roam around the host of crafts and gifts in the beautiful Craft shop and treat yourself or a loved one to something unique.

  • Dunbrody Famine Ship is an exact replica of the original famine ship built in Quebec in 1845. Visitors can board the Dunbrody and go back in time to see what the passengers and crew endured during their forty five day voyage to their new lives across the Atlantic Ocean. The cargo hold also houses an exhibition describing the endurance, struggle and triumph over hardship of the 19th Century emigrants. Thousands of Irish people boarded this impressive ship to escape the desperation of the Great Famine in the hopes of a better life. 

  • Wexford Opera Festival is one of the world’s leading opera festivals held annually in the Autumn time. It is now an 18-day extravaganza that presents rarely performed works and long forgotten masterpieces with such a high quality that delights audiences from home and abroad. It is held in Ireland’s first custom built opera house. 

  • Johnstown Castle Estate & Gardens is located 7 km south-west of Wexford town and is a 19th century gothic mansion. It is also home to the Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition. The walled gardens and hothouses alone cover 4 acres and their early design has been retained. There are extensive pathways throughout the grounds that meander through woodland garden and around the lakes. A wide variety of trees and shrubs can be found as one wanders through the estate and glimpses of the castle can often be seen shimmering in the lake just to add to the peaceful atmosphere that permeates throughout these pleasurable grounds. 

  • Tintern Abbey, located on the Hook peninsula, this lovely site is named after Tintern in Wales and was founded by the Earl of Pembroke circa 1200. The remains that can be seen today consist of the nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. Tours lasting 45 minutes can be taken of the property.

  • Wells House and Gardens is a great Victorian House and Gardens situated in the heart of Wexford and located 7 km outside of Kilmuckridge. There is something in this estate for all ages to enjoy including a host of attractions and activities. Discover hidden treasures in the woodland walks; stroll around the beautifully restored formal gardens; have an adventure in the playground; experience Victorian life in the great house through the eyes of the residents or try your hand at Archery and of course don’t forget to replenish at Mrs Stones Tea Rooms for morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon tea for a special treat.  

  • Duncannon Fort is part of the story of Ireland’s Ancient East. This sixteenth century fort would have been an important and impressive coastal bastion in its time, perched on the side of the picturesque Hook Peninsula. Take a guided tour from one of the knowledgeable guides and listen to 450 years of intriguing stories while taking in the views from this amazing vantage point. 

  • John F Kennedy Park & Arboretum near New Ross, is dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America. Take your time in this tranquil arboretum to ramble through the 622 acres of this well-established garden and woodland which includes exhibitions, guided tours, lake, café and a seasonal miniature railway. Over 4,500 different trees and shrubs can be found, some of which are very rare. Plenty of wildlife can be seen on the lake and there are spectacular viewing points on nearby Slieve Coillte.