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The sunniest corner of Ireland, Wexford is a dream destination for families, with sandy beaches, family-friendly hotels, and plenty of fun-filled attractions. From forts to famine ships, there’s something for everyone in the family in Wexford.
Now one of the southeast’s leading tourist attractions, Dunbrody Famine Ship is an impressive reproduction of an 1840s emigrant vessel. Join a guided tour, with costumed performers bringing to life the world of the famine emigrants, and see themed exhibitions demonstrating the experiences of Irish people facing the most desperate of situations. The reenactments are remarkably realistic and a fun way of educating kids.
One of just four historic military forts in Ireland, Duncannon was built in 1588 to defend against the Spanish Armada and played a major role in the 1798 Rebellion. It also repelled Oliver Cromwell and hosted William of Orange and James II. Rebuilt during the Napoleonic era, it plays host to colourful military reenactments from all periods of history during the June bank holiday weekend. Attractions include a toy museum, art gallery, maritime and military museum, Croppy Boy cell, tea room, and craft shop.
Voted the world’s favourite lighthouse, the 13th century Hook Lighthouse, in Fethard on Sea, is one of the oldest working lighthouses on the planet. It is home to a number of annual festivals, events and family fun days, including the May bank holiday Maritime Matters Festival, the July Pirate Festival, Ghostly Guided Tours, historical re-enactments, and themed art workshops. There are many scenic walks around the headlands, and a range of play equipment on the green outside.
Set in a 450-acre estate with more than 100 acres of woodlands, Wells House is a 300-year-old stately home 18km from Gorey. Tour the house and gardens and let the kids loose in the state-of-the-art playground, with its zip line, swings, slides, climbing frames and ropes. Have a picnic or visit Mrs Stone’s Tea Rooms. There is an innovative 3D archery course and a 1.2 km woodland walk lined with quirky sculptures - including a gruffalo, a racing car, and a fox.
The Wexford coastline is dotted with long, safe, sandy beaches, warmed by the most hours of sunshine of any Irish county, making it the perfect family destination. The water is generally calm and safe for swimmers, although you can surf off Courtown pier and on beaches such as Carnivan near Fethard. Courtown, Morriscastle, Rosslare and Curracloe are blue-flag beaches, whereas Ballymoney, Cahore, and Cullenstown are Green Coast Award beaches, and Duncannon is a designated bathing area.
2.1km from Duncannon
Surround yourself with the beautiful scenery of Duncannon, County Wexford, when you stay at this wonderful 4-star self catering property. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic break, it offers peace and seclusion in unspoilt surroundings on a working farm, where you can observe the daily workings of an Irish farm.
Activities for you to enjoy while breathing in the fresh country air include fishing, hill walking, pitch n’ putt, and pony trekking (8km).
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0.5km from Bunclody
You are just a short stroll from the picturesque village of Bunclody, County Wexford, when you stay at this four-star holiday home. The detached holiday home (with owners resident nearby) is situated in a pretty courtyard with ample private parking. You can enjoy exceptional gardens, judged best in Bunclody and district in the local 2010 Horticultural Society Awards and awarded silver gilt status by the Co. Wexford Garden and Flower Club.
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4.2km from Fethard-On-Sea
The holiday home is beautifully furnished and decorated. Relax in the cosy living area in front of an open fire, and enjoy meals together in the modern kitchen with its excellent cooking facilities.
Located in a small development called Hookless Village, the holiday home is only a short walk from Sandeel Bay, a coastal paradise with opportunities for deep-sea angling, bird watching, snorkelling, swimming, or just lazing on the beach.
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2.6km from Kilmuckridge
These spacious self catering bungalows sleep up to seven people in a tranquil rural setting. They are conveniently located near the coastal village of Klmuckridge and make a good base for touring the east and southeast. Rosslare Port, Wexford, Enniscorthy, and Gorey are all within easy driving distance.
10.5km from Wexford
Nestled in a secluded courtyard corner, this self catering property offers a uniquely charming and relaxing experience. Centrally located just ten minutes' drive from historic Wexford town, it is within easy reach of Wexford's main attractions, including the Dunbrody famine ship, JFK Homestead & Park, Johnstown Castle & Gardens, the Hook Lighthouse, miles of sandy beaches, fishing, golf, horse riding & racing, walking, and scenic rolling countryside. The self catering property has been tastefully converted from an old granary into a 4-star gem using locally sourced materials including pitch pine salvaged from Wexford Quays.
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