This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Wexford in the Southeast region of Ireland. Slightly similar to my visit to Kinsale, Cork, I found Wexford a bit more hilly and lush. We spent the majority of the weekend swimming in a nearby lake, and taking in the gorgeous scenery of horses scattered across rolling landscape. But there is a lot more to see and do in this Southern region. It’s only about a two hour bus ride away from Dublin and €20 for student travelers via Wexford bus. Here are a few tips for travelers visiting County Wexford this summer:
- Wexford has many gorgeous beaches and we took a trip to Curracloe Beach, very long and beautiful and featured in the film, Saving Private Ryan.
- Dunbrody Abbey, located in New Ross is another fascinating site to see in Wexford and is a beautiful monastery dating back to the 12th century. While on the grounds, visitors can enter a maze made out of hedges, enjoy the tea rooms, and visit the craft gallery.
- If you’re out and about during the evening, I recommend a visit to The Sky and the Ground pub in Wexford Town. While the downstairs of the pub is and eclectic, the upstairs has a craft beer bar perfect for the beer connoisseur, stocked with specialty brews from around the country. The pub is owned and operated by a friendly and welcoming family you’d be lucky to meet during your travels.
- The Irish National Heritage Park is located in Ferrycarrig and is Ireland’s largest open air museum. The complex has recreated structures and scenes from history, like a Viking boatyard, homes from ancient times, forts and monasteries. There are also many guided activities to choose from, appropriate for family members of all ages.
- There are many seaside sites as well, such as the Tacumshane Windmill in Broadway, dating back to 1846, or the Kilmore Quay, the site of a historic shipping port. The Saltee Islands are nearby, inhabited only by the local avian population.
There’s plenty to do in Wexford and it’s a great place to visit during the Summer months. If you’ve ever been tell us about your adventures on the CheapOair Facebook page!
Photo credit: Sean MacEntee