County Wexford Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Wexford, on Ireland’s south-east tip, is an agricultural county that enjoys milder weather conditions than most other counties, hence the title ‘‘Sunny South-East”.
Just as the Vikings were attracted to it in the past, Wexford is a magnet for visitors, not least because of fine resorts such as Rosslare Strand, Curracloe, Courtown and Fethard-on-Sea where sandy beaches are a major draw. Wexford, renowned for its internationally-acclaimed Opera Festival, is Ireland’s gateway to Europe through the port of Rosslare Harbour and for many overseas visitors, the pleasant Wexford landscape is their first experience of this country.
History and Heritage
Wexford was founded by the Vikings around 800 AD and they called it Waes Fjord, meaning ‘inlet of the mud flats’ - the name has changed only slightly since then. It was invaded by the Normans in 1169 and in the Middle Ages it was an Old English settlement in which a unique English dialect called Yola was spoken up until the 19th century.
Wexford was the centre of the 1798 Rebellion against English rule and this has been recorded at a special heritage centre in Enniscorthy. Wexford’s history (and Ireland’s) can be re-lived at the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig, while the plight of the Famine emigrants can be traced on the Dunbrody Heritage Ship at New Ross.
Sites to see
National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy. Dunbrody Famine Ship at New Ross. Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig.
Sports and Leisure
As a county with such a spectacular coastline, it is hardly surprising to find angling and water-sports are particularly popular in Wexford, with a number of notable sailing clubs in the area.
Hook Head is also known as a favourite spot for scuba-divers.
Horse-racing has a large following, as does greyhound racing while horseriding from various equestrian centres is available to visitors.
Golfers will find Wexford highly attractive with top class courses in such places as Enniscorthy, Wexford Town and Rosslare.
Hang-Gliders have discovered that Mt. Leinster is one of the best launching pads in the country, making it a mecca for those airborne thrill-seekers.
Eat, Drink and Stay
Dunbrody House Restaurant, Chantry Restaurant in Bunclody, The Shelburne in Campile, Sqigl Restaurant (Duncannon), Marlfield House (Gorey) and La Riva, Heaven’s Above, Forde’s and La Dolce
Vita (all Wexford Town) are regarded as some of the best dining options in the county.
Good, atmospheric pubs are not in short supply, with the likes of The Sky & The Ground (Wexford), Kehoe’s (Kilmore Quay), The Lobster Pot (Carne) examples of what Wexford has to offer in this regard.
It’s not short of B&B accommodation either, which is not surprising considering it is home to Ireland’s Europort at Rosslare Harbour and so greets thousands of visitors every year.
June: Strawberry Festival, Enniscorthy
July: Viking Boat Festival, Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig
July: Seafood Festival, Kilmore Quay
August: Tagoat Steam Rally, Rhythm Roots Music Festival, Enniscorthy
September: Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy
October: Wexford Festival Opera
Things you have to see or do
Kennedy Arboretum – 4500 types of trees and shrubs from all regions of the world
Irish National Heritage Park – an unforgettable journey through 9000 years of Irish history
National 1798 Rebellion Centre – tells the epic and heroic tale of the 1798 Rebellion
Dunbrody – 19th century replica ship at New Rosss
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve – famous for wild geese which spend the winter months here.
Irish Agricultural Museum – located in the old farmyard buildings of Johnstown Castle
Our Lady’s Island – believed to be founded by St Abban
Hook Lighthouse – one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world
Fáilte Ireland - South East www.southeastireland.com
Wexford Tourism www.wexfordtourism.com
County Wexford www.countywexford.com
North Wexford www.northwexford.com
Wexford Opera www.wexfordopera.com
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