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County Wexford, in the southeast corner of Ireland, is the country's sunniest region. Its coastline ranges from long, sandy beaches, dunes, and small coves to broad bays and river estuaries that are a haven for wildlife. There are colorful harbors and fishing villages to explore, and seaside resorts offering a wealth of watersports. Rosslare Europort is a major ferry terminal.

Founded by the Vikings, the city of Wexford is an atmospheric town with historic buildings and churches, winding streets and attractive quays. It holds a famous Opera Festival in October. The mudflats north of the harbor form the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, ...

County Wexford, in the southeast corner of Ireland, is the country's sunniest region. Its coastline ranges from long, sandy beaches, dunes, and small coves to broad bays and river estuaries that are a haven for wildlife. There are colorful harbors and fishing villages to explore, and seaside resorts offering a wealth of watersports. Rosslare Europort is a major ferry terminal.

Founded by the Vikings, the city of Wexford is an atmospheric town with historic buildings and churches, winding streets and attractive quays. It holds a famous Opera Festival in October. The mudflats north of the harbor form the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, winter home to thousands of migratory birds. The delightful Irish National Heritage Park traces Irish history along a trail of reconstructed buildings. New Ross, on the River Barrow, is one of County Wexford's oldest port towns. The Dunbrody Famine Ship tells the story of Irish emigrants who set sail to America from here, including John F. Kennedy's ancestors, whose family homestead is nearby. Kilmore Quay, with its whitewashed, thatched cottages, and the Hook Peninsula with its ancient lighthouse, are other Wexford highlights.

Donna Dailey
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Donna Dailey is the author of Thomas Cook’s Ireland driving guide, coauthor of DK’s Back Roads Ireland and several other titles, as well as the author of Thomas Cook’s HotSpots Costa Blanca and a contributor to AA Publishing’s Key Guide Spain.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Republic of Ireland. It is situated near the southeastern tip of Ireland, close to Rosslare Europort.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wexford
  • Weather: Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, summer, autumn, late October for the Opera Festival