Additional Location Information
THINGS TO DO LOCALLY:
Wexford’s racecourse and boat & tennis club are on the outskirts of the town while Rosslare Strand is also a popular accommodation venue for patrons of Wexford Opera Festival, held every October.
ROSSLARE STRAND'S BLUE FLAG GOLDEN SANDY BEACH:
The description "Sunny South East" has been associated with County Wexford for many years and is due to the fact that Wexford consistently enjoys more hours of sunshine per year than any other part of the country. Recorded rainfall is lower than the national average, while the daily temperature is higher than the norm in Ireland. County Wexford boasts 200 km (124 miles) of coastline on two seas, with miles and miles of unspoilt golden strand and secluded coves. Rosslare Strand boasts the coveted Blue Flag & its golden sands stretch for miles
This area boasts many fine courses..a true Golfers Paradise:
Rosslare Golf Club provides an excellent test of golf on a championship golf links course beside the Irish Sea. Fairways, tees and greens are watered, giving an enjoyable playing surface in both summer and winter. Rosslare also has a 12 Hole course nearby.
St. Helen’s Bay is located on the coastline and overlooking Tuskar Lighthouse, an 18 hole championship course. It is designed by Philip Walton & takes full advantage of the onshore winds and gently sloping rural land, totally at one with nature. St. Helen’s also has 9 hole course nearby.
Wexford Golf Club this Parkland Course with many mature trees is located in Wexford Town. The course has beautiful views of County Wexford including the Saltee Islands, Blackstairs Mountain Range and Wexford Harbour. Course recently redesigned.
Other courses within easy access:
Enniscorthy Golf Club
Waterford Golf Club
Mount Juliet Golf Club
Faithlegg Golf Club
Tramore Golf Club and
Carlow Golf Club.
Fishing in Wexford is a pure joy. Rosslare is a haven for all fishing enthusiastic from shore angling to sea angling, there is something to suit all. The clean seas, sparkling rivers and wave-lashed deserted beaches and coves of the South East give rise to some of Ireland’s best tasting fish - Bass, sea-trout and salmon are among the county’s native species, while the mighty pike has challenged even the most experienced fisherman.
With horse riding being such a popular leisure activity for people in County Wexford, it is no wonder that there is such a selection of excellent equestrian centres to choose from. As well as leisure riding and beach treks, visitors can avail of quality-approved instruction for riders of all standards..
Ballycanew Riding Centre
Curracloe House Equestrian Centre -Open all year-Facilities include indoor school and two outdoor manege. By the sea - superb beach rides. Children's non-residential camps. All levels of instruction, schooling and liveries.
Glenmoor Riding School in beautiful Fethard-On-Sea, Co. Wexford. A perfect way to take in the scenery from horseback.
Horetown House Equestrian Centre -Open all year-Facilities include: indoor school, and outdoor manege, cross country course, instruction, hacking, schooling and residential.
The Liosin Centre Riding School -A small riding school located in nearby Kilrane
ACTIVITY & LEISURE LOCALLY:
Miles of coastline and varied terrain offer plenty of opportunity for those looking for activity. Hill walking, coastal walks, mountain biking and hang gliding are all catered for. Both Gaelic Football and Hurling are popular in Wexford, and matches are held most weekends in local villages and towns. Indoor and outdoor facilities with activities to suit all the family include:
Aqua Club at Kelly's Resort Hotel, Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford - is open to non-residents, the Aqua Club has 2 swimming pools, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, sun bed, aromatherapy, beauty treatment, plunge pool and an outdoor Canadian hot tub.
Rosslare Sports and Recreation Centre:soccer pitch, tennis courts, crazy golf, children's play area, (swings, slides, trampoline). Summer camp available. Indoor: video games, pool, tennis table, jukebox, basketball, badminton and indoor soccer.
Enniscorthy Swimming Pool and Leisure Complex has an Indoor swimming pool
Ferrybank Swimming Pool in Wexford Town has an indoor swimming pool
Forest Park Swimming & Leisure Centre features a water slide and water playground for the kids. With a 25m pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi for the adults. Advance bookings advised..
Kiltorcan Raceway Karting Circuit in Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny
Pirates Cove, located in Courtown Harbour, offers entertainment for all the family. The adventure golf is unique in Ireland, with its greens, caves, rivers, tropical gardens and pirates ship. Pirates Cove is also home to Wexford's only ten-pin bowling centre (it is advisable to pre-book bowling) with the additional attraction of a fun cave (3-10 yrs) and family restaurant. Open: June, July & August
Quad Attack,Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Exciting, challenging all weather cross country driving thrill for all ages (from 6 years upwards) on all terrain vehicles (A.T.V.'s/Quad Bikes). Bike size and course choice will depend upon age/experience and group size. Rates will vary accordingly.
WALKING & CYCLING:
Wexford offers many exciting and varied routes for walkers and cyclists to discover. Meandering and undulating routes link towns, villages, historical sites, country pubs and accommodation, coastal paths and hill climbs. Stretching over 200km/125 miles, coastal walks are plentiful in Wexford. They can include shore walks or tracks along our reclaimed slob-lands.
For the more up-hill enthusiast, Mount Leinster and the Black Stairs are an enjoyable day's hiking or biking. Starting from Kildavin near Bunclody, forest tracks offer easy access. Mount Leinster is the highest point and is a favourite spot for hang-gliders when conditions prevail.
The South East Coastal Drive is a new sign posted route stretching from Wexford Town through Kilmore Quay, Carrig-an-Bannow, Fethard, Hook and Ballyhack ending at Ardmore in County Waterford.
Watersports activity centres offering canoeing and windsurfing are available, while sailing enthusiasts are catered for by the Blue Flag Marina at Kilmore Quay and Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. The Boat Club has junior and adult sailing classes in the summer.
Within the Kilmore Quay and Hook areas there are some of the most spectacular and varied diving in Ireland. With excellent visibility the diver can explore wrecks from 6 to 60 meters, study marine life on Coningbeg Rocks and the Brandies or watch seals, dolphins and diving birds around the Saltee Islands. Shore diving around Hook Peninsula, which is a favourite among Irish divers, boasts wrecks and deep open gullies full of marine life. Centres are available in Kilmore Quay, Hook, and Wexford Town, contact the Tourist Office for exact details.
OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST NEARBY:
1798 centre in Enniscorthy - about a 30 min drive from Rosslare
Irish National Heritage Park - about 10 mins drive from Rosslare, a visit to this authentic recreation of Ireland's heritage is highly recommended.
Our Lady’s Island, Carne, Co Wexford: A national place of pilgrimage.
Johnstown Castle Gardens & Irish Agricultural Museum
Murrintown, Co Wexford. Tel: 053 918 4671
The gardens of Johnstown Castle contain a wide range of trees and shrubs. Picnic area. The museum depicts Irish Agricultural and rural life.
Saltee Islands: Off Kilmore Quay
International bird sanctuaries of repute.
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
North Slob, Wexford. Tel: 053 912 3129
Ireland’s premier wildfowl reserve, covers 550 acres and is located at the western end of the 2.400 acres of ‘polder land’ claimed from the sea in 1847. Internationally famous for the wintering flock of 8,000 Greenland White-fronted Geese and the wintering flocks of Brent Geese and Wigeon.
Facilities include disabled friendly Visitor Centre and a number of Bird Hides.
Historic Wexford Town
Wexford is the main town in County Wexford. Noted for its medieval walls and narrow streets. It was a centre for the 1798 rebellion. Guided walking tours available.
Tel: 053 916 1155
Hook Head, Fethard on Sea, Co Wexford. Tel:’051 397055
WeOne of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. Discover the medieval tower of Hook. Wild and scenic , enjoy the facilities in the former keeper’s house which includes café and craft shop.
Dunbrody Famine Ship
New Ross, Co Wexford. Tel: 051 425239
A full scale reproduction of a 19th century famine ship (three-masted Barque built in Quebec in 1845). Board the Dunbrody and walk in the footsteps of famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean. Tourist Information. Gift Shop.
Dunganstown, New Ross, Co Wexford. Tel: 051 388264
Birthplace of the late John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather. An audio- visual presentation and guided tour takes the visitor through the family history and historical setting of the Kennedy legacy.