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Wexford was founded by the Vikings in 800 AD and gets its name from the Scandinavian name 'Waesfjord' meaning inlet of flat mud lands. Located along the southeast coast of Ireland, Wexford is a mix of picturesque mountain areas, breathtaking coastline, kilometre's of golden beaches and stunning and historic town lands.
Hook Peninsula is an Irish gourmet paradise with many popular restaurants, bars and cafes to enjoy while in the area. Perhaps the most famous part of the Hook Peninsula is Hook Lighthouse, located on the cliffs of Hook Head. This lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world and the oldest operating lighthouse still in operation in Ireland. About 800 years old, take a trip to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the view at one of Ireland's most historic attractions.
While they may not be as famous as the neighbouring Wicklow Mountains, Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs Mountain range both located in Wexford are popular destinations for keen hill walkers and mountaineers. If you're a fan of the great outdoors and like to experience the true beauty of Mother Nature on holiday, be sure to talk a stroll through some of Wexford's popular mountains.
Explore over 9,000 years of Irish history by visiting The Irish National Heritage Park, a 35 acre woodland, wetland and estuary area. Complete with houses, farms and 16 unspoiled sites, this park will introduce you to Ireland's past. Tour the park at your own leisure and see how Ireland would have looked in prehistoric and early Christian times. This really is an impressive park and something that all the family will enjoy.
Perhaps the most famous president of all time, John F Kennedy's Irish roots can be traced back to the town of New Ross in Wexford. The town has a dedicated 623 acre park in memory of JFK, with woodland walks, a playground, tree houses and a lake all part of the park. A visitor centre also provides exhibitions to allow you to really enjoy your day at JFK Park.
Like most of Ireland you'll not have to venture too far to find somewhere to enjoy 18 holes of golf. The country is a popular destination for keen golfers and Wexford has some stunning courses including Wexford Golf Club, Rosslare Golf Club and New Ross Golf Club.
Wexford Opera House was one of Ireland's first custom built opera houses and is nestled in middle of Wexford Town. With shows to suit all tastes, be sure to enjoy a night at the opera during your trip to Wexford. The town also has a popular harbour area with some great bars and restaurants to ensure your night is a memorable one.