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Irelands Ancient East Wexford

Wexford – The Cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East

The Ashdown Park is the perfect location to tour the Wexford county filled with wild, historical, ancient tours and experiences. With perfect packages tailored for you, its a must stay! From Wexford Wild Waters, Gastro food tours, heritage and experiences you can do it all – call today 0539480500 or book online

At Hook Lighthouse you’ll experience 800 years of light keeping at one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. Take a tour of the Medieval lighthouse tower, built in the 13th Century by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke, known as the Greatest Knight that ever lived. Guided tours take you through the lighthouse with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique building and enjoy the spectacular view from the Lighthouse balcony; keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and even whales! Still fully operational today, Hook Lighthouse truly is one of a kind, enjoy the Visitor Centre experience located in the former light-keepers houses and relax by the Sea.

The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great grandfather, celebrates the story of this famous Irish American family. The visitor experience is set in the original farmyard incorporating a unique guided tour; audio-visual display and photographic exhibition.

The Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience is moored on the quayside in
New Ross. This award winning attraction allows visitors to take a trip with
a difference and travel through time to the 1840s. Step back in time and explore our authentic reproduction emigrant vessel above and below deck. Listen to real life stories as costumed performers set the scene for the arduous journeys taken by so many during the Great Irish Famine.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963. The Arboretum contains over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs covering 623 acres.

A visit to the Irish National Heritage Park is like no other you can imagine. Surprises await around every turn, from campsite to Ringfort, from mill to Fulacht Fiadh, from Crannog to Viking house and much more. Take an incredible journey through 9,000 years of Ireland’s past! Build a house of wattle, pan for gold or even shoot a Viking bow or just relax with a coffee beside the lake. With entertaining guided tours available, the world you enter is an authentic recreation of Ireland’s heritage through the ages.

Dunbrody Abbey was founded in the late 12th Century on the instructions of Strongbow, the 2nd Earl of Pembroke. It is the largest abbey of its kind in Ireland and it is one of the finest examples of a Cistercian abbey still standing in Ireland today. It flourished as a Cistercian monastery until the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. The visitor centre hosts a hedge maze, a craft gallery with the Dunbrody Castle dolls house, tea rooms, and a pitch & putt course.

The harmony between great Victorian revival castles and their surrounding ornamental grounds is rarely seen to such perfection as at Johnstown Castle. The full gothic glory from the 19th century simply has to be seen. The 20 hectares
of stunning surrounding gardens originally laid out by the famous Daniel Robertson in the 1830’s offers visitors an insight into perfect landscaping. The Irish Agricultural Museum is a premier cultural site also located at Johnstown Castle.

The heritage town of Enniscorthy features a number of prominent sites in Ireland’s history including Enniscorthy Castle, built in the 13th century, it has been home to Anglo-Norman knights, English Earls and local merchant families. Visit the dungeon to see rare medieval art and visit the battlements at the top of the castle to see the amazing views of Vinegar Hill battlefield, Enniscorthy town, and the surrounding countryside. The events of 1798 in Ireland are vividly re-told in an exciting interpretation of events the ‘Rebellion Experience’ at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre. The historic battlefield on Vinegar Hill overlooks the heritage town. Today a walk to the peak of the hill helps you take a step back in time and imagine the epic battles scenes between the Red Coats and the Pikemen.

Ferns Castle and Tapestry is a 13th century castle and although a shadow of its former glory now, it features a uniquely intact fine circular chapel with original cornices and features. A guided tour will reveal amongst others the story of the resident King of Leinster, Dermot McMurrough who brought the first Normans to Ireland.

Experience an interactive tour at Loftus Hall. The haunting beauty of the Hook Peninsula provides the backdrop for Loftus Hall, the Most Haunted House in Ireland. Steeped in 666 years of heritage, take a tour of this abandoned haunted house with its dark and troubled history.

Tintern Abbey is a magnificent example of a 17th century abbey and is now home to the wonderful Colclough Walled Gardens and a variety of walking trails. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th Century until the 1960’s. Visitors can also enjoy the Tintern Tea-Rooms on site.

Wells House & Gardens is a great Victorian house and gardens offering something for all generations of visitors. From a living Victorian house tour, garden tours, falconry, and archery, to two enchanted woodland walks, craft courtyard, animal farm and playground. Open daily with a great calendar of events to choose from throughout the year. Enjoy lunch or desserts from their on site restaurant as part of your visit!