With everything from quirky festivals to beautifully stunning beaches and fascinating history, Wexford certainly
has something unique to offer each and every visitor.
The call of Ireland’s sunniest weather sees holiday makers flock here to the famously long beautiful beaches.
If your idea of a great break is to delve into history Wexford has many top attractions including Hook Head
lighthouse, the Irish National Heritage Park, and the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
Top attractions include:
John F Kennedy Ancestral Homestead
Located in Dunganstown County Wexford, this is the birth place of John F Kennedy’s great grandfather.
The Kennedy Homestead celebrates the story of five generations of this family dynasty. It is a story of epic
proportions, full of triumph and tragedy.
John F Kennedy Arboretum
Explore this magnificent plantation, containing over 4000 trees and shrubs which are dedicated to
John F. Kennedy, the famous Irish-American U.S President. Botanists, families and walkers alike have over
600 acres to visit and explore. The Arboretum is a member of Wexford Garden Trail.
A sheltered cove with a beautiful sandy beach. Rock pools can be explored at low tide. This beach is
ideal for swimming.
Explore the distinctive star-shaped fortress in Duncannon, County Wexford, which was built to defend the
Wexford and Waterford coastlines against the Spanish Armada and to protect merchant ships from plundering
Here you can climb the 115 steps to the balcony of Hook Lighthouse,in County Wexford, described by the
Lonely Planet Guide as, "the grand-daddy of all lighthouses". Also to be enjoyed are the sweeping views of
the coastline and marine life; including seals, dolphins or even whales.
DunBrody Famine Ship
The Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions that is located in the south east of Ireland.
Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it displays a world class interpretation of
the famine emigrant experience.
In Irish Courtown; Baile na Cuirte means “homestead of the court”. Courtown (or Court Town) is situated about
7Km (4 miles) south-east of Gorey in County Wexford, on a wide area of coast called Courtown Bay.
The name “Courtown” dates back to 1278. The harbour was not built until the early 1800’s.
Places to visit include; Courtown North Blue Flag Beach, Glenavon Japanese Garden and
Dodd’s Rock Beach.
Enniscorthy, situated on the banks of the River Slaney is an old Norman settlement. It is overlooked by the
old 1798 battle site of Vinegar Hill. On the west bank of the river, the Gothic church of Saint Aidans reminds
us that Enniscorthy is the Cathedral town of the county.
In Irish, Enniscorthy is Inis Corthaidh. The origins of the town name may refer to the “Island of Corthaidh” or
“Island of Rocks”.
Some other places to see in Enniscorthy may include: Dunamore Woods, Tombrick Garden,
Enniscorthy Castle, The National 1798 Visitor Centre.
Gorey in Irish is Guaire. Gorey first appeared as an existing town in the Norman records in 1296. It is a carefully
planned town with a wide Main Street boulevard and also street plan, much like those of the plantation towns of
North Wexford. The Church of Ireland parish church dates from around 1861.
Things to see and visit include: Marlfield House and Gardens and Craanford Mills.
Wexford town dates back to the 2nd century. This is a lively town with winding streets as well as a pretty
Some places to visit here include: Johnstown Castle Gardens, Selskar Abbey,
Westgate Heritage Tower and St. Iberius Church.
New Ross was founded by the Normans and is located on the banks of the river Barrow, which is 34km west
Wexford town. Through the port of this town, thousands of people emigrated to America and Australia; among
these were the great-grandparents of President John F. Kennedy. One of its main attractions is The Dunbrody
Famine Ship which is moored at the quayside.
Places to visit in New Ross include: Ros Tapestry, Carrickbyrne Hill, John F. Kennedy Arboretum,
The Dunbrody Famine Ship and Tintern Abbey.