Ireland's Ancient East
Near Crown Quarter
Ideally located in the heart of Wexford town, Crown Quarter is the perfect destination to explore Ireland’s Ancient East. Wexford is home to some of the most interesting and exciting ancient heritage sites, which makes it an ideal location to explore during your stay. Experience the variety of historically significant landmarks and attractions, each with their own story to tell.
While in Wexford, a visit to the Irish National Heritage Park is a must. Explore this reconstructed Viking settlement and experience what was like for the Vikings who lived in this area many centuries ago. The site showcases wattle-walled living quarters, boathouses and a circular crannóg.
Irish Rebellion of 1798
Visit one of the 1798 Rebellion’s most significant sites Vinegar Hill in Enniscorthy, and discover where the Battle of Vinegar Hill took place. This battle was when over 13,000 British soldiers launched an attack on the largest camp and headquarters of the Wexford United Irishmen. Full-scale re-enactments are held here each year and you can discover the weapons and armour used in the battle showcased – including cannons, muskets, rebels and redcoats.
The Great Famine
The Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions in the sunny South East of Ireland. Located in New Ross, Co. Wexford, the Dunbrody Ship is a fantastic attraction to discover. As you enter the inland port of New Ross on the River Barrow, you will immediately be drawn to the sight of the beautiful Tall Ship. Enjoy this authentic reproduction of an 1840’s Emigrant Vessel and learn how the passengers of this ship lived during their long journey to America during the Great Famine.
Castles and Gardens
There are a range of castle settlements located in Wexford. Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy town, was originally built in the 13th century, and has been ‘home’ to Norman knights, British armies, Irish rebels and prisoners, and local merchants. Experience the castles grounds, its dungeon and see the rare medieval wall art within the castle. Johnstown Castle is a Gothic Revival castle located in County Wexford. Visit this 150 acres estate, located off the road between Murntown and Rathaspeck. Known for its beautiful Gothic towers and arched windows, wander around the walled gardens and take a look at the beautiful flowers and sculptures.
The Hook Lighthouse And Heritage Centre is located at the top of breathtaking Hook Head in Wexford. This hidden Irish gem is an fantastic day out for everyone to enjoy. Visit the visitor centre, the café serving light meals, the gift shop and enjoy a tour of the lighthouse tower. Experience breath-taking views and create unique memories that will last a lifetime.