Irish National Heritage Park
The Irish National Heritage Park is a short drive away from Ferrycarrig Lodge. This stunning 35 acre heritage trail whisks you through early Irish history, from the first settlers in Ireland to the arrival of the Normans in the 12th Century.
In addition to the natural flora and fauna of the park, recreations of various dwellings and defensive structures can be found dotted throughout. These include Ringforts, Fulacht Fiadh, Crannogs and Viking houses. Open all year. Tel: (+353) 05 30912 0733
Take in the entire area at a glance from the summit of Slievecoiltia, in the tranquil JFK Park, dedicated to the memory of the late President of the United States, whose paternal family has its roots in Wexford. The arboretum covers 623 acres (252 hectares) of the southern slopes and zenith of Slievecoiltia, and features a placid lake at the foot of the mountain ideal for picnicking alongside or simply for watching the world go by. Seasonal.
Tel: (+353) 051 388 171
Loch Mahon Fishing Lakes
Loch Mahon Fishing Lakes can be found a short twenty minute drive from Ferrycarrig Lodge. It comprises three spring fed lakes teeming with Rainbow and Brown Trout. The lakes are open to fly and bait fishing, with a catch and release only policy enforced. Whether an experienced angler with state of the art gear or a novice, young or old, Loch Mahon Fishing Lakes is thoroughly recommended by us as an ingredient in your perfect Wexford afternoon. Equipment is available for hire.
Tel: (+353) 087 2765 664
The beautiful views of the river and estuary on offer from Ferrycarrig Lodge are not only for looking at. Why not put yourself in the picture with a Wexford Harbour cruise? A fabulous array of local birds and seals can be spotted around the coast, relaxing in their natural habitat.
Contact Anthony on (+353) 085 7329787 for bookings.
Pubs & Restaurants
For a different view of Wexford, perhaps beside a roaring fire in the heart of town, why not nip into a traditional pub for a pint of Guinness? The pub scene in Ireland is something we’re extremely proud of and is, we think it’s safe to say, the best atmosphere you will find in a pub anywhere in the world. Wexford pubs have made a significant contribution to this throughout the centuries. The traditional Irish Music scene is alive and well in Wexford. Drop into a pub and chat with the natives, who will be happy to steer you in the direction of traditional music sessions nearby. Why not get involved by bringing along an instrument of your own?
There are many fantastic restaurants on offer in Wexford Town also. Wexford is famous for its seafood, with smoked fish a particular specialty. We’d be happy to recommend a restaurant for you in town.
Johnstown Castle Gardens
County Wexford has been heavily influenced by Norman and subsequent English settlement, and this area of our heritage can be experienced in the beautiful masonry and horticulture of Johnstown Castle Demesne. Developed to its current state from a medieval tower in the 19th Century, the castle is nestled amongst fifty acres of stunning grounds. A five acre, man-made lake skirts the front of the castle, which has belonged to the Irish State since 1945. Heron, little grebes, water hens, waterfowl and mute swans can all be found enjoying the grounds, which they have made their natural habitat over the years. Seasonal.
Tel: (+353) 053 91 71247
Shemalier Riding Stables
Taking you back in time to Ireland’s rich equine heritage, Shemalier Riding Stables, with experienced and qualified staff, will show you the breathtaking wooded and mountainous region surrounding Wexford Town as you’ve never seen it before. A fantastic activity for all the family, let your trusty steed do the walking and take in the sounds, smells and sights the Strawberry County has to offer.
Tel: (+353) 053 9139251
Wexford Opera Festival
Having celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in 2011, the Wexford Opera Festival is an essential date for culture vultures all over the country and internationally. Priding itself on reviving often neglected operas and also on introducing new artists to the masses, this critically acclaimed festival is the beating heart of Wexford’s cultural scene.
For the duration of the festival, Wexford town is unrecognisable from the chilled, quiet Norman enclave it generally projects. 2012’s 61st Wexford Opera Festival includes operas from the celebrated Francesco Cilea, Emmanuel Chabrier and Fredrick Delius. Visit www.wexfordopera.com for bookings and further information.
Golfing in Wexford
Wexford boasts a number of stunning golf courses throughout the county, including six championship courses. A useful index of the courses can be found here; www.wexfordweb.com/golf
The stunning beach at Curracloe, one of three Blue Flag awarded beaches in Wexford, is located ten minutes drive north-east of Ferrycarrig Lodge. This pristine stretch of coastline is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike, and is the true embodiment of the Sunny South East.
Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club
This club, located in the heart of Wexford town, marries the area’s interests in boating and tennis beautifully. The August Weekend Open Tennis Tournament is one of the club’s annual highlights, pulling in tennis players of different levels from all over the country and beyond. This is jokingly referred to by the locals as Ireland’s answer to Wimbledon. Visit www.whbtc.ie for more details.