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6 night time activities in Ireland’s Ancient East
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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 this very ancient part of the world come to life through tours, reenactments and moonlit walks.Forests in the Wicklow Mountains take on a secretive, magical quality and the history of great houses and families is revealed with stories by the fireside.

Discover unique and wonderful experiences as night falls over Ireland’s Ancient East.

1Irish National Heritage Park
Gathering around the campfire, at the Irish 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. The picturesque big house has stone walls and a thatched roof, with a cosy central hearth, and sleeps six to eight people comfortably.

The park closes at 6.30pm, when you’ll be left in complete freedom to roam as you like—exploring the woods, watching the wildlife and enjoying the views across the Slaney Estuary.


2Loftus Hall

Wexford’s Loftus Hall near New Ross is said to be Ireland’s most haunted house and contains a dark and strange 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 sample the stillness and beauty of the Wicklow landscape by the light of the moon. The Full Moon Walk in Enniskerry is organised by Hilltoptreks.ie 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.

Every visitor to the tour is asked to wear a witch’s hat and cape to ensure their safe passage through the city lanes and carry a lantern to guarantee their safe passage through the medieval city.

Plan your visit to Ireland’s Ancient East and experience these unique night-time activities.