For those of you that don’t know, Wexford is situated on the south-east coast of Ireland. The most exciting way to visit the best on what Wexford has to offer is to get out be it by car or foot depending on weather of course! In County Wexford, there are numerous sites, be it historical or recreational, that visitors to the county can see in the matter of a few days. We have narrowed all the amazing places in this country down to 10 in this article.
1. Hook Lighthouse, Hook Peninsula
Hook Lighthouse is situated at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in south County Wexford. It is beautiful to see especially on a clear and sunny day, it is accessible by car or foot so for you walkers this is worth a visit. The Lighthouse itself is one of the oldest in the world and is the second oldest working lighthouse that is still operating to this day.
2. Ferns Castle, Ferns
Another historic site in Co Wexford. Ferns itself is a small village between Gorey and Enniscorthy in the North of the county. The castle itself was built in the early thirteenth century. The castle was originally square shaped, but it was destroyed by Cromwell in 1649. However, guided tours of the castle do take place with the southeastern tower still intact. The castle is accessible by foot or by car and is situated just off the N11.
3. Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross
Situated in New Ross the Dunbrody Famine Ship is probably one of most historic sites in the South East of Ireland. The ship itself is a reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel. Many people emigrated Ireland due to the famine to America and the UK to try make a better life for themselves on a ship like this. The ship itself shows what conditions people had to deal with. The guided tour is amazing, and it really gives the visitor a look at how tough times were in the 1840’s. Again, it is accessible and is close to Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford itself. They also have a café on board for visitors who want to relax and enjoy a bite to eat after their guided tour.
4. Loftus Hall, Hook Peninsula
This is one of Wexford’s most visited sites in recent years. It is a large country house which is built on the site of Redmond Hall. Locals have said it is haunted by the devil and by the ghost of a young woman. It got its name Redmond Hall from Raymond Le Gros who landed to fight the 2nd Earl of Pembroke in 1170. He acquired lands and then built the hall known as Redmond Hall. The hall was bought by the Sister of Providence in 1917 and turned into a convent before Michael Devereaux bought it in 1983. However, it is now owned by the Quigley family. Guided tours, seasonal events and paranormal investigations all take place here now.
5. Kilmore Quay Harbour, Kilmore
Probably the most scenic little village in the county, Kilmore is famous for its harbour. It’s a lovely location and attracts many visitors especially throughout the summer months. The village depends on the fishing industry a lot, but it also has lovely sea shore walks, sea side cafes and sea side fish and chip restaurants. There are plenty of free parking spaces and a child play area which would be good if you had children with you on your visit.