If you’re visiting Wexford with the kids, make sure you allow yourself a few days to explore. I would recommend checking out:
Walk along the Harbour
One of my favourite things to do in Wexford with my family is to stroll along the Harbour at sunset and look at the fishing ships that are docked after a busy day at sea. Not only is everyone getting some fresh air but it’s also free and offers a lovely perspective on Wexford town itself.
If we have our car with us, then a fun way to spend an afternoon is to bring a picnic and visit Hook Peninsula. You can buy a ticket for a guided tour and climb the steep steps of Hook Lighthouse but if you would like to save money, simply wander around the lighthouse and explore the rugged coastline.
Don’t forget your camera, there’s something magical about the light there and you’re sure to get some Instagram worth shots.
They run family activities throughout the year so check out their website in case there are events planned for when you visit. On one occasion, we found that there was an free art workshop on when we were visiting and my three were able to join in.
Johnstown Castle and Gardens
Who doesn’t love a castle? This 19th century spectacle was designed by Daniel Robertson who is well known for designing the stunning Powerscourt gardens in Wicklow. When the weather is good, we like to walk around the lake with the kids, keeping an eye out for the majestic peacocks who have made their home in these gardens.
My son loves all things tractor related so we paid a visit to the Irish Agricultural Museum located on site where you can see examples of old-fashioned Irish transportation and dwellings. He loved it and was fascinated with the old vehicles that they had on display.
It’s worth noting that you have to pay a small entrance fee into the grounds of the estate during summer but it’s worth it as you’ll spend a few hours there.
Dunbrody Famine Ship
If you have slightly older children and you’re prepared to get out of Wexford town, I would recommend heading to New Ross and visit the famous Dunbrody Famine Ship. It’s an incredible 1840s replica of an emigrant vessel where costumed actors explain what life was like for the emigrants who were looking to escape the famine in Ireland. Some of the stories can be quite grim hence why I would recommend this for slightly older children. My kids loved it as they’d be learning about it in school and it was true living history.