Enniscorthy Map & Tourist Information
Enniscorthy and County Wexford are packed with things to see and do. Here are just a few of the attractionss that are on offer around the county.
Vinegar Hill - Step back in time and walk the hallowed ground of Vinegar Hill, site of the principal rebel camp and decisive battle of the 1798 Rebellion. The summit offers excellent views of the town and surrounding countryside.
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre - The award winning National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Enniscorthy offers a fascinating insight into the largest rebellion in Irish history from an international, national and local perspective.
Summer (Apr-Sep) Mon-Fri 09.30-17.00; Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 12.00-17.00
Winter (Oct-Mar) Mon-Fri 10.00 – 16.00; Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 12.00 – 17.00
Last admission 1hour before close
Enniscorthy Castle - A View from the KeepThe recently renovated and refurbished, Enniscorthy Castle through its exhibition A View from the Keep explores the development of the Castle and town from its earliest Anglo-Norman origins (12th Century) through to the 20th century. See what life was like living in the Castle, discover Enniscorthy’s role in the 1916 Rising and open your eyes to the works of internationally renowned furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray, born in 1878 just outside the town. The roof of the castle is also accessible, with spectacular views of the surrounding buildings, Vinegar Hill, and countryside.
Summer (Apr-Sep) Mon-Fri 09.30 - 17.00; Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 12.00 -17.00
Winter (Oct-Mar) Mon-Fri 10.00 - 16.00; Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 12.00 - 17.00
Last admission 30mins before close.
St Aidan’s Cathedral - Enniscorthy is the Cathedral town of the county. Built in 1843, St. Aidan’s Cathedral,
was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, synonomous with the revival of gothic style architecture and possibly most famous for having designed London's Houses of Parliament. The cathedral is in the same Neogothic style. Notable features include the striking façade, a reredos carved from Caen stone and a great north window with intricate stone tracery. It was restored to its near original design in 1994 when authentic colours, materials and techniques were used.
A Country Walk - is a 2.5km long walk along the banks of the River Slaney. The walk, an extension to the existing Promenade, is designed to provide a more ‘rural’ experience, suited to country walkers and hiking enthusiasts. The main features of the walk are the breathtaking views of the Slaney Valley including all the flora and fauna which live within its boundaries. The gravel path is used
to match the rural landscape with several seats installed alongside.
Festivals are an integral part of Enniscorthy’s social calendar and with an eclectic mix of festival events now established on the annual calendar. As well as the renowned Strawberry Festival in June each year, which incorporates the All-Ireland Farmers Market Competition, there is also the Riverside Jump Rockabilly festival in July, the Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Fest in August and Blackstairs Blues Festival each September along with a host of other arts and literary events throughout the year – there is something to suit all ages and tastes.
Audio Heritage Trail - Enniscorthy has its own walking tour Audio Heritage Trail. Your Audio Trail can be collected at the following locations: Treacys Hotel; Riverside Park Hotel; National 1798 Rebellion Centre; or the Town Council offices.
Enniscorthy, located in the middle of County Wexford, in Ireland’s “Sunny South East”, is situated between the Blackstairs Mountains and the sea, along the main N11 route from Dublin to Rosslare Harbour.
Enniscorthy is steeped in history; overlooking the town is the famous 1798 battlesite of Vinegar Hill and to the west stands proud the Gothic St. Aidan’s Cathedral, designed by the famous architect, Pugin. This masterpiece reminds us that Enniscorthy is the cathedral town of the county.
Enniscorthy was founded by St. Senan in 510AD. It is a picturesque town on the banks of the river Slaney in the centre of the county, making it the perfect location for your holiday base.
Enniscorthy celebrated its 1500th anniversary in 2010 with festivals and fireworks. Luxury accommodation, nightly
entertainment and dishes from around the world are on close by.
Browse the stalls at the farmers market held each Saturday where you will find a wide variety of local produce from across the county. Heritage tours of the town and surrounding areas are available as well a self-guided audio trail available in English, Irish, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
A short car journey away you could be walking or trekking the Blackstairs Mountains, swimming at one of the many Blue Flag beaches Wexford has to offer, or playing on one of the many award-winning golf courses nearby. There are many activities around Enniscorthy for the whole family including angling, pony trekking, quad biking, paintballing and watersports.
Being so centrally located in the South East, Enniscorthy is the perfect base from which to explore the many towns and cities nearby. Wexford 24km; Waterford 60km;
Kilkenny 58km; Carlow 50km; Arklow 47km; New Ross 32km; Gorey 29km.
Angling and Fishing - For a relaxing break, why not try out one of the many Angling farms located in Co. Wexford. Some recommended are: Loch Mahon Lakes, Adamstown (053 – 9240407), Oaklands Lake, New Ross (051-445348) and Bunclody Golf and Fishing club (053-9374444). Alternatively why not enjoy some of the extensive seashore and river angling the county has to offer.
Sports Centres - Enniscorthy town is home to a selection of sports centres and facilities: Tennis Courts,
Soccer and GAA pitches, Astro Turf, Hurling and Rugby grounds, Leisure centre and swimming pool.
Something for the Children - Enniscorthy Town has 2 public play grounds for children of all ages one located at The Fair Green B3, and the other on the promenade beside the Riverside Park Hotel F6. There is a public swimming pool and a cinema located in Templeshannon beside Treacys Hotel B6.
There are a number of open farms around Enniscorthy where kids can pet and feed the farm animals,
Secret Valley Adventure Farm, Blackwater Open Farm, Shrule Pet Farm, Kia Ora Mini Farm. There are also numerous adventure centres, Pirates Cove Courtown, Ross Adventure Playbarn, Wexford Playzone, Leisure Max Bowling, Laser Mania Wexford, as well as plenty of countryside for the children to play
Whatever you’re interested in or love to do, you’ll find it here in County Wexford! log on to www.enniscorthytourism.com
Beaches Courtown 35km; Duncannon 45km; Curracloe/Ballineskar (where the epic opening scenes of the Steven Spielberg movie Saving Private Ryan were filmed) 20km; Carne Beach 43km; Kilmore Quay 42km.
Golf - Bringing together Ireland’s best weather with some of Ireland’s best courses, golfing in County Wexford is a unique experience. Courses at Enniscorthy Golf Club (5km); Courtown (36km); Bunclody (20km); St. Helens Bay (Rosslare Harbour, 40 km); New Ross (32km); Mount Wolsely (Tullow, 40km); Coolattin (Shillelagh, Arklow, 40km); Seafield (Ballymoney, Gorey 41km); and Rosslare (36km) are all within a 40 minute drive of Enniscorthy.
Cycling - Co. Wexford has many cycling routes. From Enniscorthy, many half and full day cycling routes can be taken. These are signposted throughout the county. As well as this, Wexford also has a number of mountain bike trails. Bicycles can be rented from Des O’Neill (053-9122462), 108 South Main Street, Wexford town or Revolve cycles, Gorey (053-9483100). Cycling route maps can also be found here.
Equestrian - There are numerous Equestrian centres located in and around the Enniscorthy region. These centres provide treks suitable for Beginner level, as well as more complicated treks suitable for more experienced riders. Forest, beach and mountain treks are just some of the treks available. Monart Equestrian (5km); Belmount Equestrian (Camolin, 17km); Butterfly Farm Equestrian (Raheen, Camolin, 17km); Bally Ellen Equestrian (Inch, Gorey, 32km); Old Court Stables (Old Court, New Ross, 32km); Shelmalier Riding Stables (Taghmon, 25km); Kingsford Equestrian Centre (Barntown, Wexford, 24km); and Liosin Riding centre (Kilrane, 36km) are all within a 40km drive from Enniscorthy.
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