Wexford is a region in the South-East of Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster, and is a major tourist destination today. There is a lot to see and do in the area, including visiting the Hook Lighthouse. This is an 800-year-old lighthouse that is classified as one of the oldest in the world. Built in the 1700s by the Earl of Pembroke, this is a good place for you to go seal, whale and dolphin watching. It is operational and open to the public.
Another place to visit is the birthplace of U.S. President Kennedy’s great grandfather. Known as the Kennedy Homestead, this is an experience for visitors where you can visit the old farmhouse, engage in an interactive tour, and see an exhibition of historic photography. You can also go to New Ross and check out the Dunbrody Famine Ship, used by emigrants during the Irish Potato Famine.
While exploring, you can stay at one of the many hostels in the area. Hostels are particularly good for groups of people, whereas the hotels and bed & breakfasts are focused on smaller overnight stays. You can also rest your head at a country house or a farmhouse in the region and experience true Irish hospitality.
The Irish National Heritage Park is one of the places to see in Wexford. There are campsites, old mills, Viking houses, and many other milestones in the history of the region and the country. You can interact too, building houses, panning for gold, learning to shoot Viking bows, and drinking coffee by the lake. With over 9,000 years of history to go over, the park is a rich place indeed.
Old ruins and functioning historic buildings dot the landscape of the region. One of the biggest is that of Dunbrody Abbey, a monastery built in the 12th century by an Earl of Pembroke. As one of the largest abbeys in the country, it features a maze, a gallery for local crafts, tea rooms, and a mini golf course.
The last, but certainly not the least, of the ways in which you can make the most of Wexford is The Norman Way. It is an old trail that runs throughout the county along the southern coast. There are many old medieval sites scattered along this trail that help you grasp how the Normans used to live.
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