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Wexford Local Attractions

Wexford’s location on the sunny South East of Ireland is an ideal spot to explore the rich history and culture that is abundant in the area. With Ireland’s Ancient East close by, and a variety of historical and architecture tourist attractions in its vicinity, a stay in Wexford should be top of your list of things to do when holidaying in Ireland.

The story of how Wexford town got its name is quite the tale. The Irish name for Wexford is “Loch Garman” and legend has it that a young man named Garman Garbh was drowned at the mouth of the River Slaney by waters released by an enchantress. As such the resulting lake was called Loch Garman and this is where the town got its name.

 

Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East is the latest tourism drive showcasing a wealth of historical and cultural sites throughout the east and south of Ireland. The main focus is to present 5,000 years of Irish history across 4 different themes.

  • Ancient Ireland
  • Early Christian Ireland
  • Medieval Ireland
  • Anglo Ireland

Wexford provides the perfect base for exploring Ireland’s Ancient East.

 

Johnstown Castle and Gardens

Johnstown Castle is a splendid example of a 19th-century castle. Built around 1855, it was home to the powerful Fitzgerald and Esmonde families. Although the castle is no longer occupied and is closed to the public, it is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the wooded grounds or relax by the castle lakeside.

The castle was gifted to the state in 1945 and became home to the Department of Agriculture. The outbuildings on the estate are now home to the Irish Agricultural Museum, which showcases the history of farming in Ireland and an exhibition about the Great Famine.

 

Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula

Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the world and was recently voted the number 1 lighthouse in the world by Lonely Planet. There are tours of the lighthouse available all year round and even one which allows you to climb to the top balcony of the lighthouse to take in some spectacular views.

Hook peninsula attracts visitors all year round. There are a number of festivals throughout the year, family tours and activities to enjoy, along with a number of cycling and walking tours available. Close by there are also a number of high quality golf courses.

 

Loftus Hall

Loftus Hall is a mansion house located in the Hook Penninsula and legend has it that the house is haunted by the devil. The house has had a chequered past where it has seen many renovations; it has previously been a convent and a hotel. There are guided tours of the house available and some say it is the most haunted house in Ireland.

 

If you’re interested in visiting Wexford this year, then choose Clayton Whites Hotel as you’re accommodation of choice. Ideally located in Wexford town, with fantastic amenities and close access to everything that Wexford has to offer.