Wexford is a coastal town in south-east Ireland’s County Wexford, near the Rosslare Europort. This is where you will find the famed Hook Peninsula and Lighthouse, reputed as one of Ireland's top tourist attractions. There are historic castles nearby, along with islands, and even a wildfowl reserve. Also important in the historical context is Wexford's link to both American and Irish national heritage. John F. Kennedy was America's first Catholic Irish-American President, and County Wexford was his ancestral home. Today, Wexford attractions include a JFK Park and Arboretum and perhaps not so coincidentally, an Irish National Heritage Park. Get a car for hire in Wexford and you can explore the Irish coast filled with endless miles of loughs and rivers all the way to Dublin or Cork.
The Johnstown Castle estate, which includes the Irish Agricultural Museum, is the jewel in Wexford's crown of castles, so to speak. Get a car for rent in Wexford and head out on Whiterock Hill Road to Johnstown (10 min) to visit this magnificent Victorian revivalist castle and its grounds, filled by serene lakes and woodlands. As a bonus, you get to see the museum's quaint ploughs and carts used by farmers in a bygone era. Another spectacular stop on this self-guided tour is Enniscorthy(25 min), where you will find the Enniscorthy Castle whose origins date back to the 12th century. The castle's roof is open to visitors, and offers a sweeping view of the countryside and Vinegar Hill. Continue further past Enniscorthy for another 15 minutes on the N11 and you will land up in the village of Ferns to see what remains of the 13th century Ferns Castle.
The JFK Park and Arboretum near New Ross is about 40 minutes from Wexford on the N25. The 623-acre Arboretum dedicated to the 35th President of the United States is a place of stunning beauty and a paradise for nature lovers. It has 4,500 different types of shrubs and trees from all of the world's temperate zones. Everything is neatly organized into plots laid out on the southern Slievecoiltia slopes according to botanical sequence and continent.
With St. George's Channel at Wexford's doorstep and endless miles of shoreline along rivers and loughs, there is no end to the number of recreational possibilities. Try fishing ay Kilmore Quay and the Saltee Islands, or at Oaklands Lake near New Ross. If those two do not satisfy you, Lochmahon Fishing Lakes at Adamstown and Blackwater Anglers in Blackwater are stocked lakes filled with fish, especially trout. If you are looking for dive sites, Hook Head and also Kilmore Quay are the two main possibilities. Rosslare Strand is the best place for kite-surfing, and the village of Fethard on Sea on the Hook Head Peninsula has a scuba diving center.
The two hour drive along the coast to Dublin is a good opportunity for visitors to get to know Ireland. Book your car rental in Wexford right now and plan for a Wexford-Dublin road trip with stops along the way at Arklow, Wicklow, Greystones, and Tallaght. You could also choose to go south-west to County Cork, past Waterford. You can stop at Cork and continue onwards towards the island's tip at Baltimore. A third alternative is to go midwest from Waterford, past Clonmel, to Limerick.
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