3rd July 2015
Things to See and Do in Wexford
Wexford is situated on the east coast of Ireland and is home to some of the most exhilarating landscapes and scenery in Ireland. Wexford is the ideal holiday destination with such a wide variety of attractions for all age groups it’s the perfect place to visit. Read our blog below and find that Wexford has much more to offer than just their famous strawberries.
Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival
Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Fest (31st of July to 3rd of August) combine’s three fantastic festivals in one great town to bring you a family fun weekend. The 1798 Battle Re-enactments, The Rock and Roll Festival and the Food Festival. It is not to be missed!
Make ready, present, fire a blast from the past in Enniscorthy this August Bank holiday weekend with the Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment celebrating its fourth year. The highlight of each day will be the staging of two full-scale battle re-enactments, with the Rebels capturing Enniscorthy Town on Saturday 1st while the Redcoats take Vinegar Hill on Sunday 2nd August. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of battle with pike charges, musket volleys, cavalry assaults and cannon bombardments at the Vinegar Hill Battle re-enactment which promises to be two great days of fun for all the family.
National Opera House, Wexford is Ireland’s first ever fully specified, purpose built, opera house. A hub for theatre which hosts the world renowned Wexford Opera Festival and all year round showcases some of the most popular national and international productions. National Opera House, Wexford offers two diverse performance spaces, the O’Reilly Theatre and the Jerome Hynes Theatre, as well as numerous meeting & hospitality facilities including a café and many bars.
They have lots of kid friendly events and interactive performance plays during the year and their weekly guided tour of the venue is an enjoyable family experience which explores the Opera House. You and your family can explore the stage and backstage facilities and view the orchestra pit lifts and the horseshoe shaped balconies. You’ll also be escorted up to the top of the fly tower where you can take in the 360 degree view of Wexford's beautiful harbour, Mount Leinster and the coast at Tuskar Rock lighthouse.
Discover the rich cultural heritage that lies within 9000 years of Irish history. Start your journey through the key event that shaped Ireland over thousands of years. The National Heritage Park which stretches over 35 acres of woodland is scattered with blossoming flowers and is host to an array of wildlife.
The tours not only give you an understanding of Ireland's heritage but also the chance to interact and participate in various activities throughout the park. Pan for gold, wattle your own house, draw rock art, archery and spear throwing are merely a few examples of what’s in store. If you’re looking for that special holiday memory then Irish National Heritage Park could be the one for you.
Selskar Abbey is a 12th-century structure that replaced a pre-Christian temple dedicated to Odin. The complex, which is part of the Westgate Heritage Tower, was the location where the first Anglo-Irish treaty was signed. In 1172, Henry II also spent Lent at the abbey, as he did penance for having Thomas Becket beheaded.
After years of suppression, the abbey was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in 1649. The present Protestant church was built in 1818.
*Photos credited to Failte Ireland