In so-called Ireland “southeast sunny,” Wexford County is a hot spot for Dubliners, hikers and tourists visiting wishing to escape the city and spend time on the many beaches that dot the coast. (It was on these shores that the dramatic opening scene of Saving Private Ryan were filmed in the 1990s). Indeed, despite a long road for nearly two hours in the capital, some choose to live here and travel daily. With its proximity to the port of Rosslare (about 20 minutes drive) as well as Europe and Britain, Wexford gets its fair share of visitors from abroad.
Hook lighthouse, a little less than 40 minutes from Wexford town, is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world that is still in use. The current structure has trod these shores for over 800 years and is regularly voted one of the top tourist attractions in Wexford. In addition to the tower itself, there is a visitor center, café and gift shop, and guided tours are available throughout the year. Visitors can climb the 115 steps to the balcony for a great view.
2. The Irish National Heritage Park
Nearly Ferrycarrig, about five kilometers northwest of Wexford town along the N11 road in Dublin is the Irish National Heritage Park. Its 35 acres of forest, wetlands, estuaries and Uplands, this open-air museum has scale replicas of places and buildings illustrative of some 9,000 years of Irish history, including dolmens, a strong ring , and early Christian monasteries. Trippers can take a tour with a guide in period costume or walk in their own time. Activities for children include gold panning, “wattle” a house, and the creation of rock art.
3. Johnstown Castle & Gardens
Leaving the Wexford Rosslare Road (N25), a panel on the right leads to the castle Johnstown. Although this neo-Gothic structure incorporating the remains of a Norman castle is not open to the public (Plans are underway to open in the near future), the park is well worth a visit for its artistically and ponds located more than 200 flowers and bushes. The attractive ornamental gardens were designed by Daniel Robertson is famous for the magnificent gardens of Powerscourt House in County Wicklow.
4. Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross
Moored in New Ross Quay, along the N25 half an hour inside the Wexford lands, the Dunbrody famine ship should be high on the agenda of any visitor and is one of the attractions primarily in this part of Ireland. The ship is a replica of a cargo ship that was changed later 1840s as an emigrant ship. Highlights of a visit include themed exhibitions and performers in costumes all designed to Instill appreciate the difficulties suffered by over one million Irish who found themselves having to emigrate in the mid 1880s.
5. Irish Agricultural Museum
Located on the grounds of Johnstown Castle, the Irish Agriculture Museum is a must see attraction for those who enjoy a family holiday in this part of Ireland. Located in old farm buildings, many excellent exhibitions of the castle museum focuses on the rich history of the country as an agricultural nation, with much attention on rural life. In addition to exploring the displays and photographs, visitors can enjoy a large collection of machines, as well as traditional agricultural tools.