County Wexford has a rich and intriguing history. As you wander the old streets of Wexford Town, immerse yourself in County Wexford's rich Viking past. It is now one of Ireland's major tourist destinations. If you don't want to miss out on all that this area of Ireland has to offer, here are 6 things to do in Wexford to get you started.
Spend the day at Kilmore Quay
Kilmore Quay is a small fishing town in County Wexford with thatched roofs and whitewashed homes. Take a stroll along the picturesque harbor and watch the colorful boats pass by, then head to the deserted Saltee Islands to see some cute puffins. Explore the spectacular marine life by scuba diving, or hire a fishing boat for superb deep-sea fishing off the coast. January might not provide the weather to lie out on the beach but you can still take a dip if you’re brave enough for a winter swim. After a day of activities head to Saltee Chipper to grab some delicious fish and chips. If you’re looking for more of a sit-down meal, look no further than Mary Barry’s where you’ll find delicious seafood and a great pint!
Visit the Hook lighthouse
Explore the world's oldest operating lighthouse. Hook Lighthouse in Wexford is a one-of-a-kind site that has been voted one of Ireland's favorite attractions. Take a step back in time with a guided tour of the purpose-made lighthouse, which was established 800 years ago by Knight William Marshal. Hear tales of medieval times and life as a lightkeeper. Take in the breathtaking vista from the balcony, which spans miles of ocean. Enjoy the gift store, exhibitions, and café in the visitor center. Guided tours are available seven days a week, offering one of Ireland's greatest experiences with guests.
Visit the Wells House and Gardens
The Wells House and Gardens is another must-see attraction in Wexford. This is a country estate that has been open to the public since 2012. Take a guided tour of the house, take a stroll through the garden, or engage in arts and crafts programs. In the summer and spring, they host special events. Interactive activities for children include archery and animal interaction at the estate's farm.
Visit the Irish National Heritage Park
Visit the Irish National Heritage Park to immerse yourself in Viking history. On the right side of the River Stanley, you'll find this outdoor museum with over 9000 years of Irish history. The museum is surrounded by 14 hectares of natural forest and damp woods, which were the former homes of early Viking settlers. You'll get to see Viking homes, marsh houses, an antique church, a ringfort, and other historical artifacts.
Grab a coffee and stroll through the Main Street
While in Wexford, Main Street is the location to shop, dine, and grab a hot coffee. For tasty pastries and delicious coffee, we recommend stopping the pantry. The almond croissant and iced vanilla latte will not disappoint those with a sweet tooth! Near Main Street, you'll find many historical landmarks, including St. Iberius' Church and Selskar Abbey.
Visit Ferns Castle for a tour
The Ferns Castle, located in the little community of Ferns, dates back to the 13th century. The castle was built in a square shape, but it is now out of shape due to the destruction of the northern half of the fortress in 1649. Visitors can, but, still enjoy a guided tour of the castle's south end.
Go-karting in the Blackwater Open Farm
Blackwater Open Farm is another place in Wexford where children and the young at heart can have a fun day out. From horses, donkeys, and llamas to pigs, lambs, and goats, visitors can meet and pet the farm's animals. Indoor karting, as well as the zip line and adventure playground, are among the attractions. You can even have a picnic in the garden if the weather permits.