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Click to EnlargeWexford Town is a maritime town whose very name underscores it's Viking origin. On the eastern seaboard of Ireland, located at the mouth of a fine natural harbour, Wexford offers the visitor a delightful maze of meandering streets, lanes and passage ways. Everywhere is the all prevailing sense of a maritime centre of great antiquity. At its core is tangible evidence of its Norman period, especially in its delightfully presented Heritage centre, in the restored Westgate Tower. Wexfords with miles of great coastline offers great scenery and the it means that there are some wonderful beaches and harbours close by in Wexford for the family to enjoy such as the golden sandy beaches of Rosslare Strand Blue Flag, 5 miles of golden sand beach and Courtown Bay and Harbour, and Roney Point in Gorey, Co Wexford.  It is popular for water sports such as pleasure boating, shore angling, sailing, sea canoeing, snorkelling and other water sports. County Wexford also offers several Golf Courses nearby such as Courtown Golf Club, Enniscorthy Golf Club, New Ross Golf Club, Rosslare Golf Club, St Helen's Bay Golf and Wexford Golf Club. County Wexford is known for its its locally grown Stawberries so hence the Enniscorthy Strawberry Fair which is held each year, a great family day out with lots of entertainment and Strawberries!! Also in Wexford is the renowned Wexford Opera Festival and racing at Wexford Racecourse, Newtown Road and Kilmore Quay has its Seafood Festival in July, with lots of local Irish Seafood.

Wexford Harbour is a place very popular with bird watchers as it is the closest point for migrating birds into or out of Ireland from Britain and Europe and the harbour area and mud banks are where the wildfowl feed, why not visit the visitors centre at the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve in Ardcavan, Wexford. The Saltee Islands, are also another great bird watching area, for migrating birds and puffins, and also seals, just off the lovely fishing village of Kilmore Quay. Kilmore Quay, where you are greeted by a row of traditional Irish thatched and whitewashed cottages, a charming old world peaceful sea fishing village in Wexford county and its Kilmore Quay's Memorial Garden which is modern and well tended. Take a drive out to Hook Head headland and see Hook Head Lighthouse one of the oldest lighthouses in Ireland and also the Bannow Drive.  With Dublin just 60 miles away and Rosslare a mere 45 miles Wexford is a very accessible holiday destination. Rosslare Ferry Port has sailings to Fishguard, Pembroke, Le Harve,  and Cherbourg, a very busy car port in the South of Ireland.

Wexford is the place to be for the 2012 National Ploughing Championships in New Ross, County Wexford.

 


 

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Wexford home to the well known Wexford Opera Festival also plays host to the Black Stairs Blues Festival held each September in Enniscorthy with artists from all over including Ireland, America, Jamaica, Spain and the UK, if you like blues music this is the place to be in Wexford.


 

 

Wexford Visitor Attractions

Hook Head Lighthouse, Co Wexford

Wexford visitor attractions range from the stunning Hook Head and the lighthouse there, take a scenic drive around this area in Wexford. The late President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy's legacy can be seen in Wexford from the old Kennedy Homestead to the John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross, Wexford.

 

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Wexford is renowned for the Opera held each year in October in Wexford Opera House. Enjoy some time out at Wexford's Blue Flag Beaches such as Courtown, Curracloe, Rosslare and Kilmore Quay Marina. Take in some of the great walks in Wexford or enjoy the many Golf Courses in Wexford or Horseracing in Wexford.

 


Wexford Festival Opera
The official website for Wexford Festival Opera which details the background and history of the festival as well as providing details of the forthcoming year's programme of concerts, events, and artists

Kehoes Pub and Maritime Museum 
has the unique distinction of having been in our family for six generations. Up to 1987 it was our family home where several generations were reared. With changing times, the look and feel of the pub was altered - with the major transformations taking place in the early part of 1994. In all stages of development, our objective has been to preserve the best of what we had and to enhance the traditional ambience of the premises. From the natural slates on the roof to the old re-milled pitch-pine flooring, tradition has been our theme.

Kennedy Homestead Wexford
The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy's great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants.

Monksgrange Stud 
Located in Ireland's sunny South-East on 200 acres of south facing slope beneath the Blackstairs Mountains in County Wexford, and is near to the major racetracks like The Curragh, Leopardstown and Punchestown.

DUNBRODY
This exhibition is the result of extensive research carried out over several years by the Kennedy Trust, using source data which includes material from Dunbrody's ship's box, and original manuscripts including passenger lists. Why not take a tour of the ship as it is being constructed without having to leave your seat, "it's well worth a look & will be updated regularly".

Explore Wexford and take a drive on the Hook Peninsula with its wonderful coastline, enjoy the many beaches and wonderful scenery on this route, and visit Hook Lighthouse as you travel along. Duncannon fishing village is dominated by the incredible Duncannon Fort with views out over the sea. Duncannon has a wonderful blue flag beach on its doorstep.

 

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