Wexford is the crown jewel of Ireland's aptly named sunny South East, which in the right light is Ireland's closest answer to the French Riviera. While any Lamborghini's you might spot are more likely to be of an agricultural than racing persuasion and their strawberries are more comfortable slathered in fresh cream than floating in champagne you would still be forgiven for mistakenly fumbling over your leaving cert French as you order your breakfast in your chosen B &B. With international travel restriction still precluding many people's overseas holiday plans, many are looking closer to home for their holidays than ever before. With the opportunity to subsidize or extend your holiday with the addition of some locum work, Wexford represents the best of both worlds for the would-be domestic traveler. Below we look at five of the key attractions Wexford has to offer.
Located just outside Wexford Town in the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East, the Irish National Heritage Park is a unique heritage experience in Ireland and Europe that brings to life over 9000 years of Irish history. Take a journey through Pre-Historic Ireland, Early Christian Ireland and the Age of Invasion across 40 acres of magical woodland, with spectacular views across the River Slaney estuary.
A place of Irish-American pilgrimage, the Kennedy Homestead near New Ross is a tangible connection between JFK and Ireland. The curators of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre, using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretative exhibit which explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in1848 and pieces together the story of the most famous Irish–American family through the 20th century to the present day.
Like many parts of Ireland, County Wexford was hard hit by the famine. Impressive and interesting, the replica tall ship Dunbrody provides a reminder of the famine area and a lasting tribute to Irish-Americans. Centered on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience. The attraction also boasts a great restaurant and is located in New Ross, minutes from the Kennedy homestead allowing you to hit two bird with one stone.
Based in Enniscorthy, the National 1798 Rebellion Centre is one of the great visitor attractions in County Wexford. Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the events of 1798 in Ireland are etched forever on the annals of Irish history. Located in the shadow of Vinegar Hill, where the Irish rebels made their last, ill-fated stands against the redcoats, the museum sets Wolfe Tone's rebellion in the wider European context of revolution and reaction.It is a must-see for history buff interested in Ireland's patriot movements.
Wexford food and nightlife scene is as diverse as the landscape in which it lies, offering an extremely wide variety of choices in local specialties, hidden delights, and a taste of the unexpected. Wexford boasts a rich culinary heritage, hence being known as the Model county reflecting their superlative agricultural and food scene dating back thousands of years. A huge range of pubs and restaurants means that deciding your evening's destination may be one of the hardest choices of the day!
If you've made the decision to decamp to Wexford for a stay in August or September and like the idea of adding in a couple of days or even block booking in one of their local pharmacies we have days available all across the County from Gorey to Enniscorthy and from New Ross to Wexford town. Email [email protected] and we'll get you booked up for shifts that will take a dent out of your B&B bill!