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Woodlands Country House - Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Woodlands Country House - Bed & Breakfast, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Fáilte Ireland Approved 5 Stars
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Johnstown Agricultural Museum

Johnstown Castle Estate
Co. Wexford

Tel: +353-(0)53-9171247
Tel: +353-(0)53-9184671

The Irish Agricultural Museum is located within the extensive ornamental grounds of Johnstown Castle Estate. It displays a vast array of artefacts relating to a bygone era. The collections include carts, ploughs, country dressers and súgan chairs. A number of exhibitions focus on farming and the activities of the farmyard. These tell the stories of the changes and technological advances in farming. In the transport exhibition we have beautifully restored farm and rural carts with a comprehensive display of the Ferguson tractor system. The Great Famine exhibition describes what life was like before, during and after the famine. Life in the farmhouse is explored in the country furniture exhibition. The Village comes to life through the large scale replicas of craft workshops and domestic shops such as the Blacksmith and the Tailor. Johnstown Castle is the focus of another exhibition, which illustrates how this impressive estate originated and developed. Explore the Museum's collections and displays at your leisure and afterwards treat yourself to a relaxing drink in our tea room.

Johnstown Castle

The exquisite 19th century Victorian castle, which gives the estate it's name, is nestled within 50 acres of ornamental grounds. Stroll through the wooded grounds with over 200 different kinds of trees and shrubs, or relax by the castle lakeside with its Gothic towers and waterfalls. Ramble along the lake terrace walk lined with statues to the garden lake. Both lakes are home to a wide range of waterfowl e.g. swans and little grebes. Pass through the Devil's Gateway into the walled ornamental garden and hothouses. This hidden paradise provides a dazzling, colourful array of flowering plants. The sunken Italian Garden contains a shaded picnic area where one can sit and watch the peacocks strut by. Other attractions include the ruin of a medieval tower house called Rathlannon Castle and the old farm buildings which house the Irish Agricultural Museum.

JFK Kennedy Homestead And ArboretumAddress: New Ross, Co.Wexford

Telephone No: +353 51 91 388171
Location: 12km south of New Ross (off R733)
Average Length of Visit: 1 1/2 hours
Facilities: Exhibitions, toilets, car/coach park, picnic area, play area and signposted walks. Guided Tours. Audio Visual Presentation. Tearoom.

The Kennedy Homestead was the birthplace of Patrick Kennedy, the great grandfather of America's youngest ever president - John F Kennedy. Through exhibitions, photographs and an audio visual display it tells the story of those who stayed in Dunganstown and Patrick Kennedy who emigrated to America in 1848. The Kennedy's actually still own the house. Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slievecoiltia. It contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in botanical sequence. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. Special features include an Ericaceous Garden, (with 500 different rhododendrons, and many varieties of azaleas and heathers), dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, and is a haven for waterfowl. A road provides access to the summit at 271m from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and audio visual show.

Dunbrody Cistercian Monastery

Dating back to 1170 Dunbrody is an excellent example of a Cistercian Monastery in Ireland. It's located about 8 miles south of the County Wexford town of New Ross. The site of the ruins of Dunbrody Castle now houses a craft shop with quality hand-made local crafts. There is a small museum within the tearooms with family information and a very large dolls house - a scale replica of the castle. There is a small pitch and putt course and a full size hedge maze - one of only two in Ireland. Dunbrody Craft Gallery has an extensive range of locally made crafts, including knitwear, terracotta and stoneware pottery, woodturning, copper repouse, cut glass, heraldic crests, and lots more to appeal to visitors from near and far.

The Irish National Heritage ParkOpening TimesThe Irish National Heritage Park

Ferrycarrig, County Wexford, Ireland
Tel: 053 9120733

open from:
May-August 9.30-6.30 (last Admission time 5pm)
September-April 9.30-5.30pm (last admission time 3-4pm)

Depicts man's settlement in Ireland from 9000 BC to the arrival of the Normans in the 12th Century. Stroll through the park with its homesteads, places of ritual, burial modes and long forgotten remains. Your senses come alive with sights and sounds stretching back almost 9000 years. Discover how the Celts, Vikings and Normans came together, intermarried and developed into the rich tapestry which forms Irish history.
Enter a special place where Ireland's heritage comes alive with sights and sounds that shaped a country and helped to shape the world.

Duncannon Fort

Telephone: +353 (0) 51-389454 

opening hours:
June - September 1st Daily 10am - 5.30pm
Rest of the year: Open Mon to Fri 10am-4:30pm

Guided Tours Available:
10:30am - 12:30pm - 2:00pm - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Adults - €5.00
Children, Seniors - €3.00
Family Groups - €12.00

Duncannon Fort is a star shaped fortress on an important promontory in Waterford Harbour. It was built in 1588 in the expectation of an attack on the area by the Spanish Armada. The Fort is surrounded by a 30 ft high dry moat and has one of the oldest lighthouses of its kind in Ireland. All the major buildings in the Fort surround a parade ground. A walk around the outer ramparts afford spectacular views across the estuary to Co. Waterford and down to Hook Head. Located at a lower level than the moat is the croppy boy cell. After the 1798 rebellion, prisoners were detained here pending transfer to Geneva Barracks for trial and sentencing. An added attraction is the Maritime Museum which charts the maritime history of one of the most dangerous coastlines in Ireland, the Wexford coast.

The glorious formal gardens at Powerscourt, which boast stunning views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, is one of the County Wicklow's best loved attractions. The gardens, spanning 47 acres, began when the house was built for Richard Wingfield between 1731 and 1740. A century later the 7th Viscount Powerscourt decided to expand the family fortunes with the creation of an elaborate garden. It's certainly worth a visit and features include well-maintained gardens, sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes, picturesque walks as well as walled gardens. And for the nature lover among you there are over 200 different species of trees and shrubs.

Wexford Town


Wexford lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney. According to a local legend, the town got its Irish name, Loch Garman, from a young man named Garman Garbh who was drowned on the mudflats at the mouth of the River Slaney by flood waters released by an enchantress. The resulting lake was thus named, Lake of Garman. The town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD. They named it VeisafjÇ«rðr, inlet of the mud flats and the name has changed only slightly into its present form. For about three hundred years it was a Viking town, a city state, largely independent and owing only token dues to the Irish kings of Leinster. Wexford has a rich history beautiful places to see and to sit down and relax under the comford of a nice cup of thea/coffee. look at the hidden castles parks old alleys and enjoy it all.

The Sloblands, Wexford

National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2

tel: +353-1-8882000
website: &

A dyke, built in the 1840's, created over 1,000 hectares of mudflats and islands which now form a world renowned wildfowl reserve. Nearly half the world's population of Greenland white-fronted geese winter here where the reeds and shallows harbour over 190 species of water-fowl and waders. There's an information centre where illustrations of the main species to be seen in this natural wonderland are displayed. Along the entrance driveways are 'hides' from which the wild fowl can be viewed.

Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross, Wexford

Dunbrody Famine Ship,
New Ross,
Co. Wexford,

Telephone: +353 (0)51 425239

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is a full scale replica of the three-masted barque that transported many Irish emigrants to the US and Canada over 150 years ago (between 1845 and 1870). One such emigrant was Patrick Kennedy, great grandfather of President John F Kennedy, who departed our shores in 1848. The original Dunbrody was built in Quebec, Canada, in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross. Features include a number of exhibitions and visitors can also experience life on board the Dunbrody during its 45 day voyage across the Atlantic.

Hook Lighthouse, Hook Head, Wexford

Hook Lighthouse
County Wexford

Tel: 051 397054

Visitor Centre open year round
June/July/August 9.30 am to 6 pm
May/September 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Rest of year 9.30 am to 5 pm

Guided Tours of Hook Lighthouse Tower
June/July/August - Every half hour from 10 am to 5.30 pm
Rest of Year - Every hour from 11 am to 5 pm

Adult €6, Senior / Student €4.50, Child (5 to 16 years) €3.50, Child (under 5) free, Family (2X2) €18, Family (2X3+) €20
Pre-booked group (20+) receive 10% discount when paying as a group. (Group bookings by prior arrangement, Access to Lighthouse by guided tour only.)

The Hook Head Lighthouse, majestic and proud on the tip of the Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford, now stands alone as if in mourning for the Lighthouse Keepers and their families no longer there.
Purpose built as a lighthouse, it has served sailors and shipping for 800 years, apart from a short closure during the 17th century. It is thought to be one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. When the Tower of Hook became fully automated in 1996 and no longer needed resident keepers, it was decided to celebrate its uniqueness by opening it to the public.
The 13th Century Hook Lighthouse, located at the end of Hook Head, is the oldest working lighthouse in Northern Europe. The Keepers houses are now a visitor centre. Facilities include the Lighthouse Café and a craft shop. The centre has facilities for the disabled, although the tower itself doesn't.

The Sloblands, Wexford.

A dyke, built in the 1840's, created over 1,000 hectares of mudflats and islands which now form a world renowned wildfowl reserve. Nearly half the world's population of Greenland white-fronted geese winter here where the reeds and shallows harbour over 190 species of water-fowl and waders. There's an information centre where illustrations of the main species to be seen in this natural wonderland are displayed. Along the entrance driveways are 'hides' from which the wild fowl can be viewed.

Kia Ora Mini Farm


telephone: 053 94 21166
or mobile: 086-8788424 or 086-0836715  

Kia Ora MiniFarm is also available for Birthday parties.

Kia Ora mini fram is a safe place for children to roam and learn about the animals and for adults to relax. they have an onsite coffee shop with mouth watering homebaking., they have ample outdoor seating for those fine summer days.

the farm is fully wheelchair accessible, has cement paths, toilets, baby changing facilities and they offer free carparking in there large carpark. Some of there facilities include sandpits, a football pitch, a rough rider track and we have a convoy of ride on tractors.
kia Ora mini farm fun for everyone!


Woodlands Country House B&B,
Killinierin, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0)402 37125
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