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The 10 best things to do in County Wexford
Take in the incredible sights on the Saltee Islands next time you're in Wexford.
From kayaking through impressive caves to incredible views of the Saltee Islands, Wexford makes for an ideal spot for a quick getaway. Immerse yourself in the county's rich history, stroll one of the many woodland walks or marvel at the breathtaking coastal scenery that Wexford has to offer.

Here are ten of the best things to do in the Model County.

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1Johnstown Castle

There’s so much to explore throughout the estate at Johnstown Castle that it’s worth putting aside at least half a day to enjoy it all. Wander through the impressive ornamental gardens, have a picnic by the lake if the weather’s fine, or book a tour of the castle – the old servants’ tunnel is a highlight. Don’t leave before checking out The Irish Agricultural Museum which showcases rural life in Wexford since the 18th century, complete with vintage tools and tractors.

Johnstown Castle and Gardens in County Wexford
Explore the grounds of Johnstown Castle.
2Wells House and Gardens

Just 20-minutes outside Gorey, Wells House is a beautifully restored private home set on 450 acres of pretty gardens, farmland and woods. Grown-ups will love the house tours and woodland walks, while little ones will have a ball exploring the fairy finding trail, at the adventure playground and visiting the farm animals. Keep an eye out for their frequent, year-round events like the Open Air Theatre, Fairy Tale Days and BBQs.

A man walking the grounds of Wells House and Gardens in County Wexford
Go on a woodland walk at Wells House and Gardens.
3Wexford Lavender Farm

You’re sure to smell Wexford Lavender Farm before you see it. It’s a photographers dream, with two sprawling fields of fragrant lavender that look every bit as good as they smell. The free entry farm opens in spring and summer and features woodland walks, crafting, plant sales and play areas for kids – including the popular ‘Billy the Bull’ quad barrel train ride. 

4Visit a seal sanctuary

It’s hard to beat the feel-good factor of a visit to Seal Rescue Ireland. The team at SRI rescue, rehabilitate and release dozens of injured or sick animals from all over Ireland’s coasts each year. Pop in, seven days a week, to meet the seals and learn their stories.

5The National Heritage Park

The open-air museum at The National Heritage Park brings Ireland’s ancient past to life with accurate reconstructions of the crannógs, forts and portal dolmens we learned about in our school days. Explore life-sized buildings and settlements, forage like a pre-historic farmer, or even spend the night in their medieval ring fort, where you’ll party like it’s 2,000 BC.

A Medieval ringford at the Irish National Heritage Centre in County Wexford
Marvel at the recreated medieval village at the Irish National Heritage Centre.
6The Saltee Islands

Departing from beautiful Kilmore Quay, an exhilarating 20-minute boat ride brings you to Great Saltee. On the tiny private island, you’ll meet seals, puffins and thousands of noisy gannets gathered on rocks to greet you. Pack a picnic or, better still, continue the theme back on the shore, with salty chips from the famous Little Saltee takeaway at Kilmore Quay. 

Wexford coast view of the Saltee Islands,  Co. Wexford
See colourful flowers and puffins on the Saltee Islands.
7Hook Lighthouse

Only 25 minutes out the road at the very tip of the stunning Hook Peninsula, Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the world, with fun, informative tours daily. The spectacular sea views from the top are worth every one of the 115 steps – particularly if you’re lucky enough to visit at sunset. 

Lighthouse in the evening time beside a house on Hook Head Wexford
Visit the stunning Hook Lighthouse on the Hook Peninsula.
8Sea cave kayaking

Setting off from Fethard-On-Sea, the Irish Experience will guide you safely past steep, rugged cliffs and tiny golden beaches into deep, echoing caves. Challenging but not exhausting, kayaking is a really unique way to explore the coastline from a whole new angle.

Two people kayaking with the Irish Experience in County Wexford
Go on a kayaking adventure with the Irish Experience.
9Dunbrody Famine Ship

With costumed performances on board, Dunbrody Famine Ship provides a unique insight into the Irish emigrant experience during the famine, culminating in a visit to the ‘arrivals hall’, revealing the fate that awaited those who survived the harrowing journey.

The Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, County Wexford.
Get insight into the emigrant experience at the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
10JFK Arboretum

If you’ve been to New Ross, you’ve probably visited the Kennedy Homestead, but the nearby 600 acre JFK Arboretum is a lesser explored treasure. Go for a woodland walk or a ramble around the lake and watch out for the miniature train and pony rides during the summer.

The Kennedy Homestead
See more of Wexford

With so much to choose from, year-round you’ll want to plan another trip there very soon. Discover even more fantastic things to do in Wexford.

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