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Wexford Town is the main settlement in the County of Wexford and lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, on the estuary of the River Slaney. Wexford is a vibrant and interesting town with a bohemian atmosphere of narrow streets, interesting shops and traditional pubs.
Wexford Town was originally established by the Vikings in roughly 800AD. Wexford's maze of medieval streets is lined with a mixture of old time pubs, fashion boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops. It's also an arty town, with plenty of craft shops and galleries but the big cultural attraction is the renowned Wexford Opera Festival, a 12-day autumn extravaganza that presents rarely performed works to packed audiences in The National Opera House. Other theatres worthy of a mention are the Dun Mhuire which hosts music shows and St. Iberius’s Church.
If you are eager to delve into history, this is the perfect self-catering holiday destination. There are a number of top historical attractions such as Selskar Abbey, a ruined twelfth-century abbey or West Gate Heritage Tower, an ancient toll gate once guarded the western entrance to Wexford Town.
Wexford Town is also 1 hour from Waterford City and 80 minutes from Kilkenny City so exploring Ireland’s Ancient East is easily accessible.
Other tourist attractions within easy reach of Wexford Town include Hook Lighthouse, the JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum, Tintern Abbey, Secret Valley Wildlife Park, Irish National Heritage Park, Loftus Hall, Saltee Islands and Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle & Gardens.
The town is linked to the Capital City of Ireland, Dublin by the M11/N11 National Primary Route and is a 1 hour 55 minute drive from Dublin International Airport. Rosslare Europort is a 15 minutes’ drive from Wexford town, a major RORO Passenger and Freight services operating the southern Irish Sea and Continental routes. There is also a train service running from Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort which stops in the town.
With a spectacular coastline famous for its choice of long sandy beaches, a wealth of historic sites and attractive towns and villages, it is little wonder that Wexford Town is a favourite holiday destination. Escape to Wexford Town for a short break with friends or with something unique to offer everyone it’s the perfect family holiday destination.
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