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  • 1 Johnstown Castle and Irish Agricultural Museum Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Johnstown Castle IRL - Murntown

    Johnstown Estate was donated to the Irish State in 1945. The castle (not open), designed by Daniel Robertson, is now an agricultural research centre. The 20-ha pleasure park has more than 200 tree and bush species, three ornamental lakes and walled g..

  • 2 Kilmokea Gardens Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Great Island IRL - Campile

    Hervey of Montmorency, Strongbow's uncle, settled down in Great Island, an island formed by the Barrow delta whose Eastern inlet was filled-in in the 19C. A rectangular-shaped earth structure probably corresponds to the outline of its fortress. Anoth..

  • 3 Dunbrody Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R 733 IRL - Campile

    The extremely beautiful ruins of the abbey founded in 1170 stand near Clonmines, an abandoned medieval market town, together with the remains of fortified houses, a fortified church and an Augustine monastery. This roofless but well-preserved cross-s..

  • 4 Tintern Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Saltmills IRL - Duncannon

    The Cistercian abbey, now in ruins, was formerly affiliated to Tintern Abbey, in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire, whence its name. It was founded in 1200 by Earl Marshal William de Clare as an act of thanksgiving after he managed to escape from a v..

  • 5 Enniscorthy Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Hill IRL - Enniscorthy

    The first castle was built in the early 13C, either by Raymond le Gros, who led the first Anglo-Normans into the city in 1169 or, by the Prendergast family. The Prendergasts kept the castle until the mid 15C when it was won in battle by the MacMurrou..

  • 6 Wexford's Main Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Main St. IRL - Wexford

    The principal shopping street in Wexford is mainly a pedestrian street, so narrow that from either side the shops and houses - fronted with the area's typical grey slate - almost seem to touch . Many boutiques have kept the traditional appearance of ..

  • 7 Wexford Franciscan Friary Interesting

    Religious buildings

    School St. IRL - Wexford

    The church, founded by the Franciscans in 1230, was confiscated in 1540 upon the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then returned to the order in 1622. The present church, which has been restored, has an attractive stucco ceiling and works by Irish c..

  • 8 St Iberius' Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Rowe-St.-Lower IRL - Wexford

    The Anglican church stands on a site devoted to Christian worship for almost 1500 years, originally by the water's edge. The present church was built in 1760 in Georgian style, with an Ionic reredos and two Corinthian columns screening the sanctuary ..

  • 9 Duncannon Fort Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IRL - Duncannon

    Built in 1584 in anticipation of an attack by the Spanish Armada, the fort was reinforced in the 19C because of fears that Napoleon would land there, then during the Second World War against potential German aggressions. Perhaps it really was impregn..

  • 10 Guillemot Maritime Museum, Kilmore Quay Interesting

    Museums and art

    IRL - Kilmore Quay

    Housed onboard the lightship Guillemot (now run aground on the concrete of the quay), the museum exhibits objects found on shipwrecks and all sorts of pieces giving an insight into the tough life of sailors.

  • 11 Ballyteige Burrow Nature Trail

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Kilmore-Quay

    The Ballyteige Burrow Nature Trail is a 9km coastal path that follows the dunes enclosing the vast lagoon of the Cull, to the northwest of Kilmore Quay. The site is at its best between May and mid-July, when the larks sing and flutter about above the..

  • 12 1798 Visitor Centre

    Museums and art

    Market Sq. IRL - Enniscorthy

    The rebellion of 1798 and, in particular, the three weeks of disruption in Co Wexford, are the subject of this detailed presentation. It has interactive touch screens, films and story boards. This important episode in the development of Ireland's dem..

  • 13 St Aidan's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Abbey Sq. IRL - Enniscorthy

    This Gothic-style building was designed by Pugin and built between 1843 and 1846. The majority of the stones used for its construction came from the ruins of a Franciscan friary dissolved in 1544, and which stood on what is today Abbey Square.

  • 14 Carley's Bridge Potteries

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Carley's Bridge IRL - Enniscorthy

    These potteries, the oldest in Ireland, were founded in 1659 by two brothers from Cornwall. Local clay is used and it takes three months to produce enough pots to fill the kiln and four days to fire and cool them.

  • 15 Taghmon Church

    Religious buildings

    Parochial House IRL - Taghmon

    A fortified church, probably dating back to the 15C, stands between the river and the foot of the slope, on the site of a former monastery founded by Saint Fintan Munna. The four-storey tower contains living accommodation. Two finely-sculpted heads h..

  • 16 Selskar Abbey

    Religious buildings

    Abbey St. IRL - Wexford

    The abbey, founded around 1190 by Sir Alexandre de La Roche upon his return from the Crusades, was dissolved in 1538. The outer walls and square tower have been well preserved. Henry II did penance for Thomas Becket's murder in Selskar during Lent of..

  • 17 West Gate Heritage Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Spawell Rd. IRL - Wexford

    Out of the five original fortified gates, only the west one remains. It was built by Sir Stephen Devereux around 1200 and closed to traffic around the end of the 16C. The Norman rooms in the tower provide access to a battlement walk to Selskar Abbey...

  • 18 Wexford Wildfowl Reserve

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    R 742 IRL - Wexford

    During eight months of the year, most of the world's population of white-fronted Greenland geese winters at the bird reserve on the north shore of Wexford Harbour.

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