Information Wexford Ireland

Welcome To Wexford!

County Wexford is in the south-eastern corner of the country, with a long coastline on both the Irish sea and Celtic Sea.

On the north it is bounded by the hills of County Wicklow and on the west by the River Barrow and the Blackstairs mountains. The River Slaney waters its fertile central plain.
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Wexford Ireland

County Wexford itself was settled long before the Vikings arrived, although they played a big part in the county’s development. Evidence of early human habitation can be found in the portal tombs, known as dolmens, that are located at Newbawn and Ballybrittas and pre-date the Bronze Age. Evidence of Bronze Age settlement is even stronger. County Wexford can also claim to be one of the earliest counties in Ireland to become Christianised, in the early fifth century. In the ninth century, the Vikings founded Wexford town in County Wexford and the narrowness of its streets and adherence to the same town plan is testament to those days. Norse invaders over the centuries noted the marshy nature of the region, and to the northeast of the town of Wexford are wetlands containing the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, a breeding ground for ducks, goosanders, redshanks and geese, among other birds. You can be sure to spot seagulls in Rosslare, to the south of Wexford town. With its ferry harbour, it is the starting point in Ireland for many of its British visitors, and it’s a busy tourist resort with a number of hotels and seaside restaurants, as well as many holiday homes of the Irish themselves who journey from Dublin and elsewhere in the summer months. However, County Wexford was also the more notorious landing point for the 1169 invasion of Ireland by Normans led by Strongbow, which ultimately led to Anglo-Norman colonisation and subsequent British rule for most of the next millennium. Wexford also has other things going for it. The Wexford Opera Festival – held in the Theatre Royal of Wexford town for three Autumn weeks – makes it a centre of high culture too. Many of the operas put on during the festival are under-performed elsewhere and may be regarded as obscure, so the town is frequented during the festival by opera buffs eager to catch shows that they won’t catch elsewhere.

Acclaimed as one of the traditional counties of Ireland, the County Wexford with Irish name “Contae Loch Garman” is based within Leinster province. The county was named after Wexford town and belongs to “Sunny South East” Ireland. Being blessed with a pleasant weather and sandy beaches, the county is an excellent holiday destination for tourists all over the world. The town of Wexford is lively with great entertainment pubs and hosts popular opera festival every October for music lovers. The beautiful tourist attractions of Wexford are sure to make your trip exciting and memorable for years to come.

Accommodation in Wexford
Wexford offers tourists with a variety of accommodation options designed to suit the needs of leisure and business travelers alike.

Hotels in Wexford
The hotels in Wexford are equipped with modern facilities and provide a comfortable stay to guests. Some of the popular names in the list include Ferrycarrig Hotel, Maldron Hotel, Whites of Wexford, Riverbank House Hotel, Talbot Hotel and Seafield Golf &Spa Hotel.

Guest Houses in Wexford
Guest houses are a great accommodation option if you wish to relax in the country side. The guest houses offer attractive facilities such as private parking, golfing, TV, telephone and other essentials. Faythe Guest House, Saint George Guest House, Ferryport House, and Churchtown house are some of the names in the list.

B&B in Wexford
A warm and welcome atmosphere awaits you in a bed and breakfast accommodation in Wexford. B&B accommodation include Archways Bed & Breakfast, McMenamins Town House, Padua, Birchwood, Bayfield House, and many others.

Restaurants in Wexford
The restaurants in Wexford are at your service with a variety of cuisines- Irish, Indian, Italian, Mexican and many more cooked in the most hygienic environment using the best of ingredients. Some of the popular restaurants in Wexford include Kehoe's Pub And Marine Heritage Centre, The Chantry Restaurant, Sixty Four Restaurant, The Cottage Restaurant, Robertinos Restaurant, Oyster Restaurant, and Times Tavern.

Car Rental Services in Wexford
Car rentals in Wexford include companies such as Malone Car Rental, Car Hire Wexford offer services tailored according to budget and needs of the traveler.

Golf in Wexford
Wexford county offers golf lovers with various golf courses Enniscorthy Golf Club, New Ross Golf Club, Wexford Golf Club to name a few.

Attractions Wexford Ireland

Ballyhack Castle - Ballyhack

Ballyhack Castle is situated on a steep slope overlooking Waterford estuary. The Castle, a large tower house, is thought to have been built in 1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of Saint John. The Knights were one of the two great military orders founded at the beginning of the twelfth century at the time of the crusades.

Ballyhack Castle - Ballyhack

Ballyhack Castle is located on a steep slope in a commanding position overlooking Waterford estuary. The castle, a large tower house, is thought to have been built c. 1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John, one of the two great military orders founded at the beginning of the 12th century at the time of the Crusades

Berkeley Forest House Museum - New Ross

Located at New Ross, Berkeley Forest Museum houses 18th and 19th Century toys, costumes, toy carriages, embroidered textiles and rare dolls - many of them from Irish families. The property is that of the family of George Berkeley, in whose honour the University of California is named. The fine collection is housed in the main rooms. A small pretty garden is included in the visit.

Duncannon Fort - Duncannon

Duncannon Fort is star shaped and built at a strategically important promontory in Waterford Harbour. It was erected in 1588 in the expectation of an attack by the Spanish Armada. There had previously been a Celtic fort and a Norman castle on the site. The fort is noted for its dry moat, exterior walls and the legend of the croppy boy.

Hook Lighthouse - Churchtown

Located opposite Churchtown, Hook Lighthouse was built in the thirteenth century as a navigation aid by William Marshal - Earl of Pembroke, as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster. The massive structure has three stone vaulted chambers with a spiral stairway ascending through the thickness of the wall. According to tradition, a warning beacon was established at Hook Head in the sixth century by a Welsh monk named Dubhan, whose church still exists at nearby Churchtown. His successors were appointed custodians of Marshal's Tower and continued to keep the light for several centuries. Visitors to the oldest operational lighthouse in both Ireland and Great Britain will experience a journey through time from the story of the sixth century beacon up to present day light keeping.

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