When people are talking about visiting Ireland, the conversation naturally shifts to the big hitters – Dublin
and the Wild Atlantic Way
. But there are plenty of hidden gems across the island, and Wexford, on Ireland’s Ancient East, is one of them.
While it isn’t possible to visit at the moment, County Wexford
should definitely be on the top of your bucket list when we can travel again. Wexford is loaded with stunning locations, sandy beaches, and of course, lots of charming locals who will welcome you with open arms.
Let’s start with a good base. Enniscorthy, Gorey and Wexford Town are full of quality restaurants, hotels, all the shopping destinations you need and plenty of pubs.
Feel like clearing your head and taking in some coastal splendour? Enjoy a walk along the strand at Curracloe Beach
. Overlooking Wexford Bay and dotted with sand dunes, this pretty beach is an impressive sight. So impressive, in fact, that it was the backdrop of Saving Private Ryan’s iconic D-Day landing scene. Talk about cinematic pedigree!
County Wexford is right at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, so there’s lots of incredible historic landmarks to explore. One of the best ways to see them is on the Wexford Heritage Trail
which visits sites such as Tintern Abbey, Enniscorthy Castle and the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
The jewel in Wexford’s crown has to be Hook Lighthouse
. As the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, this iconic structure truly shines a light on the county’s maritime legacy. It boasts a guided tour, visitor centre and incredible panoramic ocean views.
So whether you’re immersing yourself in history at the National Heritage Park
, getting spooked in Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall, or enjoying fish and chips on an evening walk along Kilmore Quay
, County Wexford is the perfect way to get to know rural Ireland and all its charm.
Have any of our Community ever been to Wexford?