Wexford, in Ireland's sunny south-east Wexford, in Ireland's sunny south-east

Undiscovered Ireland County Wexford

Discovering Wexford

One of Ireland's most sought after locations

James Walsh | My Ireland Tour

County Wexford is located in the province of Leinster in the south east of Ireland. Commonly know as 'The Sunny South East' as it is Ireland's warmest and driest region.

Wexford has a higher number of hours of sunshine and a higher average temperature than the rest of Ireland. This climate has meant that Wexford has become one of the most popular places in Ireland to live. Of Leinster's 12 counties Wexford is the largest in size and has the 4th largest population (145,320 people). Wexford shares a border with counties Wicklow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Carlow.

Wexford's glorious beaches and idyllic towns and villages make it an ideal location for both locals and holidaymakers looking to unwind. Due to it's numerous coastal towns, rivers and beaches Wexford has, over the years, become a haven for people with an interest in watersports. Windsurfing, sailing and kayaking are popular throughout the year. The summer months see an influx of visitors to the coastal regions taking to the sea for a swim or a spot of fishing. The Hook Lighthouse, located at the tip of The Hook Penninsula is the oldest operating lighthouses in Ireland and one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. It has been in existence for nearly 800 years.

The main industry of Wexford is Agriculture. With it's fertile soil and relatively stable weather conditions Wexford has been known to produce some of Ireland's finest crops. Wexford's strawberries and potatoes are held in particularly high regard.

The opening of the Oscar winning motion picture Saving Private Ryan, depicting the D-Day landings on Normandy Beach, were filmed on Ballinesker Beach a few miles north east of Wexford Town. The films director Steven Spielberg chose this location due to its similarity to Omaha Beach in Normandy. The filming took place over the summer of 1997.

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Top Ten Attractions to visit in Wexford:

1. Kennedy Homestead

>Kennedy Homestead, County Wexford, Ireland

A particular favorite with U.S guests on vacation in Ireland is The Kennedy Homestaed is the Farmhouse in Dunganstown, County Wexford where John F. Kennedy's grandfather was born and raised before he set sail to America during the Irish famine. The Visitor Centre has, as its flagship attraction, an interpretative exhibit which explores artifacts involved in Patrick Kennedy's departure from Wexford and the subsequent creation of an Irish-American legacy. Closed between the end of November and beginning of February.

2. Ballycross Apple Farm

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Ballycross Apple Farm is a real, working animal and apple farm dating back to 1863. The farm boasts beautiful flora and fauna, home cooking and a farm shop packed with different varieties of apples and apple juices.

3. Kia Ora Mini Farm

Kia Ora Mini Farm, County Wexford, Ireland

The perfect way to spend a day with the family. From the Open Farm to the Pet Farm and from the Go Karting to the Life Size Model Milking Cow! No matter how big or small the kids they will find hours of entertainment here. There is also Cafe and Gift Shop and picnics on the grounds are also welcomed.

4. Castle Archers

Castle Archers,County Wexford, Ireland

Castle Archers, based on the grounds of The Wells House Estate, offer archery lessons to people of all ages and abilities. All equipment and training is supplied and the safety of everyone involved is always of paramount importance.

5. Wexford Lavender Farm

County Wexford, Ireland

Wexford Lavender Farm is Ireland's first ever lavender farm. It was opened in April 2014 and is based in the idyllic Gorey country side. The farm is a favorite with school tours and there is plenty to keep visitors, both young and old, entertained for the day. There is a workshop for the kids and a delightful cafe for the adults.

6. The Irish National Heritage Park

The Irish National Heritage Park, County Wexford, Ireland

Located on the banks of the River Slaney The Irish National Heritage Park depicts 9,000 years of Ancient Ireland through reconstructions of historical sites. Catering for both primary and secondary school tours this is a journey into Ireland's history that is both fascinating and informative.

7. Kilmore Quay Angling

Kilmore Angling, County Wexford, Ireland

Take a Chartered Boat out on Kilmore Quay with your very own skipper. Kilmore Quay is said to be Ireland's best location for angling. You can take a group, of up to 12 people, out fishing or simply on a sight seeing trip around the Saltees Islands. Rod and Reel hire/Tea and Coffee available onboard. Book early to avoid disappointment.

8. National Opera House

National Opera House, County Wexford, Ireland

With a busy, year round, schedule and home to the world renowned Wexford Festival Opera The National Opera House of Ireland is a custom built Opera House with state of the art technology. The horse-shoe shaped balconies give all visitors better contact with the stage and enjoy Opera the way it was intended, intimate and personal.

9. Loftus Hall

Loftus Hall, County Wexford, Ireland

Billed as The Most Haunted House in Ireland Loftus Hall has been abandoned since the late 1990's. Guided Day Tours of the Mansion are available but it's during the adult only Night Tour that the house and the paranormal activity within it are said to really come to life. Loftus Hall is based in The Hook Peninsula and is a real thrill for every member of the family.

10. Via Veneto

Via Veneto, County Wexford, Ireland

Experience a delicious slice of Italian Cuisine at Via Veneto. A quaint Italian Restaurant in the heart of Enniscorthy, County Wexford.

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