A day away in Co. Wexford, Ireland

I love a day out or a weekend away in Ireland. Usually I go with my boyfriend but sometimes with a friend or a group. If I go with my boyfriend, it is often in combination with visiting friends or family.

I’m going to discuss County Wexford in my blog post because while there are a lot of activities and things to see there it is an area that is sometimes overlooked. Unfortunately I can’t cover all the activities in County Wexford but I can add to it at a later date when I’ve seen more of the area because I intend to go again.

Most tourists arrive in Dublin or Cork by air meaning there isn’t much likelihood in passing by Wexford. However if you are traveling by ferry from one of the many places that arrive in Rosslare you will be immediately treated to this wonderful setting.

Wexford is convenient for a day trip from Dublin or Cork but also from other cities such as Waterford and Kilkenny. I’d recommend staying the night too because you can become better acquainted with the great people and genuine Irish hospitality that you necessarily find in the larger urban areas.. The town is less touristic but the people are super friendly with everyone. You could certainly rent a car and drive to Wexford but also get plenty of buses and trains that can take you to the center of Wexford and Gorey.

Coming from Dublin I would suggest starting the day out in Gorey. It’s a nice town to check out on your trip and have breakfast or lunch before continuing towards the Irish National Heritage Park and then finishing the day with a visit to Wexford town where you can have an entertaining night and maybe gain a little insight into the local culture.

Gorey

Upon arrival from Dublin we walked in Gorey directly Katie Daly’s bar inside and it was an excellent choice. In the evening it is a lively sports bar where you can eat, but from 11 am they are already open for a cup of coffee or you can order a lunch from 12 noon. They often have live music.

Gorey is an old market town in the North of County Wexford. The village has a wide selection of shops, hairdressers, florists, supermarkets, restaurants and pubs. A few kilometers from the village around you will also find golf clubs and fabulous monuments and beaches.

Irish National Heritage Park

This park could be described as an open-air museum where the whole family, young and old can enjoy themselves for a few hours. The park is fairly accessible for large groups, school children and the disabled. Parking is free of course and the entrance is less than 10 euros at present. There are even some mobility scooters available. Upon arrival you will receive a folder with the hike so that you can do alone or in a group with a guide. There is information everywhere and the walks are well prepared. There is also more information available on the website.

In the park you will take a trip that brings you back to 9000 years in the past. You discover the world of our ancestors while you stroll in the 35 acres of woods and trails. The park will take you from the Mesolithic age through to Norman times ending with the round tower built to commemorate Wexford men killed in the Crimean War.




For adults the main attraction is the journey through the park  but children can avail of lots of activities such as archery and organized seasonal activities like egg hunts or Halloween themed adventures.

With 35 acres of woods and 16 archaeological reconstructions in a natural environment, the park is also unique in Europe.

Furthermore, you can also find rich abundance of flora and fauna in the park such as the hazel forests, wet meadows, ponds and streams that make the park as a whole. In the pond you also see ducks and of course along the water there are also around chickens. Sometimes if you pay attention you can see otters and kingfishers.

Wexford town

Wexford is the main town of the county.  The town is located on the south side of Wexford Harbour, at the mouth of the River Slaney in the southeast corner of Ireland.

In Wexford town, there is plenty to do at the end of the afternoon to visit the Irish National Heritage Park. It would be best if you stay here overnight because you can try out the local pubs and restaurants until the early hours.

When shopping you must not imagine a mall such as Dublin or Cork but there are some nice regional options.

I didn’t get the chance to stay overnight last time but I have read a lot online about the “Sky and the Ground”. It is an excellent pub with a lively atmosphere on South Main Street. There is a large beer garden at the back of the pub with special murals. Of course there is also live music and when it is cold there are plenty of outdoor heater to keep you warm.

That was my experience in Wexford. I’d like to hear yours so I can visit another part of Wexford next time.




Other fun activities

Because we only went for one day we really took our time in the Irish National Heritage Park, the breakfast in Gorey and a tour in Wexford town. But we still have a whole list of activities that we have to discover. More on that later.

  • Johnstown Castle
  • Enniscorthy Castle
  • Edenvale rivier,  boswandeling
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience & Restaurant
  • Loftus Hall
  • Ferns Castle
  • National 1798 Rebellion Centre
  • The Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula
  • Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
  • Wells House & Gardens
  • National Opera House
  • John F. Kennedy Arboretum




4 comments

  1. I was in county Wexford last weekend and visit Katie Dalys in Gorey. It was a great pub indeed and I had some nice food there. I enjoyed visiting Gorey and I was in Courtown where I was in a B&B.

  2. I moved to Wexford from Dublin 7 years ago and every week we find wonderful new places to see. If you are in North Wexford, Wells house and gardens is a must. For the price of €8 per car, you have access to a set-up very similar to the national trust parks I’m the UK. An exotic animal sanctuary, tradtional storytelling, falconry, theatre, good food, free children’s activities, archery. My daughter has had 3 of her six birthdays there because it always goes down so well.

    The bird sanctuary and raven point wildlife reserve are halfway between gorey and wexford. 10km loop of mature deciduous woodland and the most beautiful beaches together with fantastic wildlife and well serviced. I have finished the route with prams, dogs, bicycles and enjoyed it every time.

    Further south, Fethard, Saltmills, Kilmore Quay – all lovely picturesque towns and villages with fishing and boat tours. The whole area is covered in Norman towers, Templars barracks, cathedrals. Never short of things to do and such a wide range of landscapes and activities.

  3. Hi Bianca, Nice of you to contact me. Yes indeed, Wexford county and Wexford towns are worth a detour. I lived there from January to May 2013 and keep meaning to go back there again one day. All the best. frankie

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