Wexford, located at the mouth of a fine natural harbor just a short drive from Dun Laoghaire offers the visitor an enchanting maze of twisty streets, lanes and passageways, as well as many historical attractions, galleries and, of course, the charming beaches.
Wexford’s coast is its main attraction, and not only does it boasts of soft and sandy beaches, but also excellent areas for surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling and diving. Scuba diving off the coast of Wexford is perhaps most noted for its variety of fascinating wrecks that can be explored from six to sixty meters below the ocean’s surface.
Walk through the tranquil Johnstone Castle Gardens and you will get to glimpse the fairy tale turreted castle shimmering in the waters of the man-made lake. You must also visit The National Museum of Agriculture and Rural Life located in the 19th century farm buildings within the extensive, ornamental grounds of the castle. A major famine exhibition, covering the history of the potato and the great disaster of the 1840s is at the museum. The Spectrum Print Gallery hosts collections of fine art created by contemporary artists, while at ‘Creative Energy’ in the Wexford Heritage Centre you can see crafts where people give demonstration of their work.
Wexford boasts of a number of excellent cafes and restaurants, and a wonderful selection of craft shops. Visit any of the pubs in Wexford and you will be treated to live traditional Irish music. Take a relaxing stroll along the sandy beach, bathe in the refreshing sea or simply soak up some sun.
If you are looking to pass the day touring and sightseeing outside of the town, then the South East Coastal Drive won’t disappoint you. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing and rural journey along the coastline from Wexford Town to Ardmore and experience breathtaking scenery, heritage sites and tranquil villages. There are a number of sign posted diversions from the route which are also highly recommended and well worth a visit.