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6 night time activities in Ireland’s Ancient East
A moonlit Glendalough, in County Wicklow.
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As the light fades and the stars appear in the clear night sky, the landscape begins to look and feel different. At night the stories and legends of Ireland's Ancient East come to life through tours, reenactments and moonlit walks.

Discover unique and wonderful experiences as night falls in this ancient part of Ireland.

1Irish National Heritage Park

Walk in the shoes of Gaelic nobility with a ringfort stay at the Irish National Heritage Park, on the banks of the River Slaney in Wexford. The replica ringfort is surrounded by a strong oak fence complete with a tall watch-tower. With stone walls, a thatched roof and a cosy central hearth, it sleeps six to eight people comfortably.

The park closes at 6.30pm, when you’ll be left in complete freedom to explore the woods, watch the wildlife and enjoy the views across the Slaney Estuary.

People sitting around a fire watching a renactment in the Irish National Heritage Park
Gather around a campfire at the Irish National Heritage Park.
2Loftus Hall

Wexford’s Loftus Hall near New Ross is said to be Ireland’s most haunted house, with a dark history. The large mansion house stands alone on the Hook Peninsula and rumour has it that the estate is haunted by the ghost of a young woman.

Originally built in the 14th century during the time of the Black Death, Loftus Hall has seen many owners over the centuries. Today the house is famous for spooky, night-time tours of the ground floor - your chance to discover the nocturnal secrets of Loftus Hall for yourself.

Loftus Hall
3Stories From the Hearth

Gather by the fireside at one of the great houses in County Wexford’s Storytelling Network. From Clonegal in the north of Wexford to Kyle Forge, Crossabeg in the south of the county. Each one has a unique story to tell, while songs and dancing make for lively sessions. The Fear a Tí or Bean a Tí will always have a warm welcome for young and old, and, of course, a great cup of tea.

4Wicklow Gaol Night Tour

Immerse yourself in chilling history with a night-time tour of the dungeon corridors of Wicklow Gaol. Built in 1702, the gaol was locally known as “The Gates of Hell” and held thousands of prisoners during the Great Famine, the 1798 Rebellion and the War of Independence.

Only the brave sign up for the adults-only Wicklow Gaol Night Tour. Uncover the chilling tales of this historic site in the company of a troupe of local actors in the dark of night.

5The Full Moon Walk

Follow in the footsteps of Saint Kevin and experience the stillness and beauty of the Wicklow landscape by the light of the moon. The Full Moon Walk in Enniskerry is organised by Hilltop Treks and takes in some of the most scenic parts of Wicklow and Dublin, like Glendalough, Luggala and Djouce.

Each two to three hour long tour takes place close to Enniskerry Village and includes many of the great wooded trails in the area. Expect fantastic panoramic views from the top of a hill across the eastern coastline of Dublin and Wicklow.

6Kilkenny Ghost Tour

With narrow cobbled lanes and mysterious charm, it should come as no surprise that medieval Kilkenny is bursting with strange tales. A series of historic tragedies has left its mark on the city and Kilkenny Ghost Tour explores their legacy with a walking tour by night—taking in the curse of Sir Richard Shee, the famous witch trials and Kilkenny Prison.

Kilkenny Ghost Tours

Every visitor to the tour is asked to wear a witch’s hat and cape and carry a lantern to ensure their safe passage through the city. Now all that's left is to plan your visit to Ireland’s Ancient East and experience these unique night-time activities.

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