Free Things to Do in Wexford

Looking for fun things to do during your trip to Wexford that won’t break the bank? From stunning Blue Flag Beaches to amazing walking trails and historic landmarks to beautiful fishing villages, there is something for everyone to enjoy while visiting Wexford. Here is our guide to the best free things to do in Wexford to keep you entertained during your stay.

Curracloe Beach

15-minute drive from hotel

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Voted in 2019 in the Independent as Ireland’s favourite beach, Curracloe is a blue flag beach stretching 10km along the Sunny South Eastern coastline.

Curracloe has 3 main entrances known locally as Ballinsker, White Gap and Culleton’s Gap. There is a car park available and a boardwalk at Balinskeer which is nearly flat – extremely wheelchair friendly. A nature trail also runs through the dunes at Curracloe – a beautiful sight not to miss! If you’re not a fan of sand and prefer a quicker mode of transport, you can opt to cycle these trails too.

Many say they believe they’re in the south of France when caught on Curracloe on a hot, sunny day. Get those bags packed and get ready for a beach day!

Kilmore Quay

30-minute drive from hotel

Kilmore Quay is a beautiful fishing village, with a population of just a couple of hundred people, located just a 30-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford. Kilmore Quay is well known for its fishing harbour, whitewashed cottages, thatched roofs and great walks.

Have a tranquil stroll along the marina as you watch the colourful boats pass by with fishermen busy at work. Take a walk along the beach and afterwards grab a bite to eat from one of the lovely local restaurants. You can let the kids play in the gated playground while you enjoy a nice warm coffee. There is also plenty of free parking spaces available and great little shops to discover.

The stunning Saltee Islands, home to an array of seabirds, including the adorable puffins, is just 5km off the coast of Kilmore Quay.

Vinegar Hill

25-minute drive from hotel

The Battle of Vinegar Hill occurred during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 on 21 June 1798 when over 15,000 British soldiers launched an attack on Vinegar Hill, Enniscorthy. Today, the Vinegar Hill Battlefield, a 25-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford, is open to the public to visit.

The views from the top of this historic landmark are quite extraordinary, with beautiful 360 views of Enniscorthy and the surrounding area. There is a free car park available and from here it is just a couple of minutes walk along the paved path to the top of the hill.

Courtown Woods

40-minute drive from hotel

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Surrounded by the Owenavorragh River on the north side and the canal on the seaward side to the east, Courtown Woodland dates back to 1870 when the first oak and ash trees were planted. A 40-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford, Courtown Woods features a playground, a fabulous sandy beach and various woodland walks.

There are 4 walks to choose from, both short and easy, taking you to different areas of the woods. The River Walk is a nice walk along the Owenavorragh River while the High Cross Walk leads you to the 2.5m high High Cross of Kilbride, the sole reminder of an early Christian church in the area. Whichever walk you take you are guaranteed to have a peaceful retreat in beautiful surroundings.

Raven Point Wood

20-minute drive from hotel

Located adjacent to Curracole Beach, a 20-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford, Raven Point Wood is a stunning area of woodland covering approximately 600 acres of land.

The Raven Point Wood walking trail is a great walk, taking you through the beautiful sand dunes – formed in the 1600s, and the stunning woodlands. The trail is an easy walk for all the family to enjoy and in total is roughly 6.5km, mostly flat through the forest with views of the North Slobs Wildlife sanctuary and Raven Point itself

Ring of Hook Drive

40-minute drive to Hook Lighthouse from hotel

Hook Peninsula is one of the most popular attractions for those visiting Wexford. It has amazing scenery on one side and the Irish Sea on the other. This drive will take you through narrow and winding country roads with pretty villages along the way with some interesting history behind them. The drive takes in some of the county’s most popular tourist attractions such as Hook Lighthouse, Duncannon Fort, Ballyhack Castle and Tintern Abbey. Additional charges for entry to these locations may be required. The drive itself takes just over one hour from start to finish but we suggest taking a day to explore all the beautiful stops along the way.

The Blackstairs Mountains

45-minute drive from hotel

The Blackstairs Mountains run along the main ridgeline separating Carlow from Wexford. The highest peak is Mount Leinster which dominates the skyline at 794 metres high. At the top of the mountains, you will be treated to some really impressive views, in all directions of the Wexford and Carlow area. The mountains are also appealing to hikers with many different trails to follow

To the east of the mountains second highest peak, you will find a 30-metre metal cross marking the spot of two fatal aeroplane crashes – a German bomber in 1941 and a Cessna 182 in 1983.

St Aidan’s Cathedral

25-minute drive from hotel

St Aidan’s Cathedral, situated in Enniscorthy, 25-minutes’ drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford, was built in 1843 using locally sourced Ordovician rock with Wicklow granite dressings. The exterior of the cathedral is quite impressive, with the spire dominating the surrounding countryside.

This interior is equally remarkable, containing stained glass panels by Lobin of Tours, Mayer of Munich, and Earley of Dublin, a pipe organ supplied by White and Son, Dublin, an altar signed by James Pearse (1839-1900) and Edmund Sharpe (1853-1930) of Dublin.

The Gaslamp Gallery

40-minute drive from hotel

The Gaslamp Gallery is a contemporary modern gallery, located in the popular town of Gorey, a 40-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford. The gallery offers a unique and relaxed space to view a diverse selection of work from local, national and international artists. The aim of the Gaslamp Gallery is to make acquiring art an easy and enjoyable experience in a friendly and informal environment.

Rosslare Strand Beach

20-minute drive from hotel

Rosslare Strand is another fabulous Blue Flag beach in Wexford, located next to Rosslare Village, at the southern end of Wexford Harbour. A short 20-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford, Rosslare Strand is comprised of sand and stone running the length of the southern peninsula.

This beautiful beach is perfect for a refreshing swim (a lifeguard is on duty during the bathing season), a tranquil walk or just unwinding and taking in the calming sea.

Maldron Hotel Wexford

Situated on the outskirts of Wexford town, Maldron Hotel Wexford is the perfect location for your next visit to Wexford. Our Club Vitae Leisure Centre is home to the best gym in Wexford and a 20m swimming pool with a dedicated kid’s pool. Maldron Hotel Wexford boasts large, spacious, newly refurbished bedrooms with a modern and warm design, perfect for a great night’s sleep after a busy day.

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  • General Hotel Information

    What time is check-in?

    Guaranteed check-in time is from 4pm onwards. If you plan to arrive at the hotel after midnight, please let our reception team know. If you require an early check-in, we will do our utmost to accommodate. Please note that an earlier check-in is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed until the day of arrival. Please contact the hotel directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000 if you need to arrange an early check-in.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out time is 12 noon. A late check-out until 2pm can be arranged for an additional €15 per room. Please contact reservations on +353 (0)53 917 2000 to check availability.

    Does the hotel offer baggage storage?

    Yes, you can leave your luggage with the reception until your room is ready or you are ready to depart.

    Please note that at the moment, due to the Covid pandemic, we are unable to store guests’ personal belongings prior to check-in or after check-out.

    Does the hotel offer free WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Wexford offered complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the entire hotel. It is an open network and no password is required to gain access.

    Is there a laundry service available?

    Yes, we offer a limited same-day laundry service by an outside company. Once items are received before 10am, we strive to have them returning by close of business on the same day. Please note that charges do apply and that the hotel accepts no responsibility for items sent for laundry.

    What do I do if I accidentally left some items in the hotel?

    If you have left any items behind following your stay at the hotel, please do contact us directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000 and if found, we will return to you via post.

    Are pets permitted in the hotel?

    No, pets are not permitted in the hotel, with the exception of guide and assistance dogs.

    Is the hotel reception desk open 24 hours a day?

    Yes, the hotel’s reception desk is open 24 hours a day.

    What is the hotel’s smoking policy?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford operates a no smoking policy within the entire building. We ask that guests use the designated smoking areas in the hotel courtyard area. Please note that a failure to adhere to this policy will result in an additional cleaning charge.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering very good levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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    Do you sell gift vouchers?

    Yes, gift vouchers can be purchased online on our website or alternatively at the hotel reception for any monetary value. Maldron Hotel Gift Cards can be used in any Maldron or Clayton Hotel around the country.

    Do you supply travel adapters?

    Yes, we supply travel adaptors at the hotel reception.

  • Location & Parking

    How far is the hotel from Wexford town?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford is located 4km from Wexford town centre, less than a 5-minute drive. Fore more information, please visit our location page.

    Are there any shopping areas nearby?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford is approximately a 5-minute drive from the main shopping area of Wexford town where you will find many chain stores as well as local boutiques for all your shopping needs.

    How close are public transport links to the hotel?

    Wexford train station is located less than a 5-minute drive from the hotel. Wexford bus, a private bus company, operates an hourly service to and from Wexford town with a bus stop directly outside the hotel entrance. Wexford Bus also operates hourly services to and from Dublin with stops directly outside the hotel. Bus Eireann bus stop is located a 20-minute walk from the hotel entrance.

    What is there to see and do around the hotel?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford is the perfect base for exploring all that the sunny south-east has to offer. Irish National Heritage Park, Johnstown Castle, Curracloe Beach, Rosslare Strand and so much more are all located within a short driving distance of the hotel.

    Is there a car rental station near the hotel?

    The nearest car rental is Hertz Rental Car which is located in Ferrybank, Wexford a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

    Is parking available at the hotel?

    Yes, we provide complimentary car parking as well as on-site coach parking for hotel residents and guests. Paid parking is available for guests not using the hotel facilities at a charge of €5 per day. Maldron Hotel Wexford does not operate a barrier system on our car park entrance so is perfect for larger vehicles. Vehicles are parked at their own risk in the hotel car park. Please contact the hotel directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000 for terms and conditions.

    How far is the hotel from Rosslare Ferryport?

    The hotel is located only a 20-minute drive from Rosslare Ferryport.

    Are there transport links to the ferry port nearby?

    Yes, we can arrange a private taxi transfer at an additional charge on your behalf or there is a public transport service from Wexford Town to the ferry port.

  • Rooms & Amenities

    What room types does the hotel offer?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford a total of 108 comfortable and spacious hotel rooms. Depending on your needs, you can choose between 4 different room types, including single, double, family and triple rooms. We also a number of interconnecting rooms and balcony rooms available for an additional charge available. Please enquire directly with the hotel to confirm availability.

    Are there wheelchair accessible rooms available?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford has semi adaptable rooms which have a larger floor space, larger bedroom entrance, adapted bathroom facilities with a low-rise bath and an assistance alarm linked directly to the hotel reception. We also have elevators.

    Does the hotel have family rooms?

    Yes, the hotel has a number of larger family rooms that can cater for up 6 guests. We also have a number of interconnecting rooms available at an additional charge.

    Can I get a cot/camp bed for my child?

    Yes, cots and camp beds can be provided at the hotel at no extra charge. Please ensure that they are requested at the booking stage in order to avoid disappointment. Maldron Hotel Wexford cannot confirm the availability of cots/camp beds if only requested on arrival to the hotel.

    Are the hotel rooms air-conditioned?

    Unfortunately, our bedrooms are not air-conditioned.

    Do the bathrooms have a shower or a bath?

    All hotel bedrooms have a bath and shower.

    Does the hotel offer wake-up calls?

    Yes, we offer wake-up calls for guests. Please speak to a member of the reception team to request a wake-up call.

    What amenities are included in the room?

    All hotel rooms have a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. Some bedrooms also have a fridge. Please contact the hotel directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000 to request a fridge in your room for your stay. If you wish to store you belonging safely, safety deposit boxes are available for guest use at the reception.

  • Dining

    What dining options are available at the hotel?

    Our Grain & Grill restaurant is open 7 days a week serving breakfast and dinner. Grain & Gill bar and lounge is also open daily serving bar food until 9:30pm.

    Does the hotel offer breakfast?

    Yes, we are renowned for a great selection of breakfast options available each morning. Choose from traditional cooked breakfast favourites as well as healthier and nutritious options to kickstart your morning. Breakfast is served 7 days a week in our Grain & Grill restaurant, Monday to Friday from 7am to 10am and weekends and Bank Holidays from 7:30am to 10:30am. Should you require breakfast outside of these times for an early morning check-out, please do let us know and we can facilitate a continental or take-away breakfast.

    If breakfast isn’t included in your rate, you can still purchase breakfast for an additional €14 per adult and €7 per child.

    What are the opening times of the Grain & Grill?

    Our Grain & Grill restaurant is open for dinner daily from 6pm to 9pm. Grain & Grill lounge is open for Tea/Coffee/Pastries from 10am midweek and 12:30pm weekends. Grain & Grill lounge serves bar food from 12pm midweek and 12:30pm weekends until 9:30pm every night.

    Does the restaurant cater food for allergies?

    Yes, all of our menus have a full allergy listing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding any specific dietary requirements, our kitchen team will be delighted to assist.

    Does Gain & Grill offer a dedicated kid’s menu?

    Yes, we offer a separate kids menu in both Grain & Grill restaurant and Grain & Grill bar and lounge.

    Do you provide room service?

    Yes, in-room dining is available daily. Simply order from our Click & Go menu, available through our Guest Service Platform. The food can be collected at the collection point in our restaurant at your requested time.

    Is there a reservation for dinner required?

    In general, a dining reservation is not required, however, we advise you to book your table to avoid disappointment. Please book online or by calling the hotel on +353 (0)53 917 2000.

    Please note that with the current government guidelines in place, we require all dining including breakfast to be pre-booked prior to/on arrival to the hotel.

    Do you cater for large groups? Can I book a private dining space for a special occasion?

    Yes, we do offer a private dining space for groups. To book, please get in touch via phone on +353 (0)53 917 2000.

    Please note that at the moment due to the current government guidelines, we are unable to cater for larger groups in the hotel. A maximum of 6 guests from no more than 2 households are permitted to dine at one table.

  • Leisure Facilities

    Does the hotel offer a swimming pool, spa and gym facilities on-site?

    Our leisure centre offers a 20m swimming pool with a separate kid’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room as well as a fully equipped gym. The swimming pool is 1.4 meters deep and the kid’s pool is 0.5 meters deep. We offer both indoor and outdoor classes for members and residents. Please note due to current government restrictions, our jacuzzi, sauna and steam room are closed.

    Body and Soul Treatment rooms are located in Club Vitae Maldron Hotel Wexford as well.

    What are the opening hours of the leisure facilities?

    The leisure facilities at Maldron Hotel Wexford opens from 7am to 9pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 7pm at weekends. Please note children must vacate the facilities one hour prior to normal closing time. Body and Soul treatment rooms are open 7 days a week.

    Due to the current government restrictions, all visits must be pre-booked on our website or by phoning the Club directly on +353 (0)53 917 2088.

    Is there an age limit for using the leisure facilities?

    Children under 16 are not permitted to use the jacuzzi, sauna, steam room of the gym. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must be fully supervised when using the facilities. Children must vacate the facilities one hour prior to normal closing times.

    Is the use of the leisure facilities complimentary for guests?

    All hotel guests have full complimentary use of the leisure facilities.

    What treatments are available at the spa? How do I book a treatment?

    The Body & Soul Treatment rooms are run separately from the hotel. To view the brochure and make an appointment, please visit their website or call +353 (0)85 768 5151.

  • Families

    Does the hotel offer any family facilities and activities?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford has 2 outdoor playgrounds on the grounds of the hotel as well as a mini-golf course (charges apply). During the summer months and midterm breaks, family activities are also available. Please check directly with the hotel on +353 (0)53 917 2000 for the most up to date schedule.

    Does the hotel run a kids club?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Wexford runs family activities during the summer and school holidays. Minimum numbers are required to run the kids’ activities and pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Due to the current government restrictions, please check directly with the hotel on +353 (0)53 917 2000 for the most up to date schedule.

    Is there a babysitting service available?

    No, Maldron Hotel Wexford does not provide a babysitting service.

    Do you have any special family hotel deals or packages?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Wexford offers a number of family packages and hotel deals for your visit to Wexford. Visit our special offers page or call our reservations team today on +353 (0)53 917 2000 for more information or to book.

  • Meetings & Events

    Are there meeting and event room facilities available at the hotel?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford has 3 flexible and modern meeting rooms, catering for interviews, board meetings, training sessions and group/community talks and events.

    Due to the current government guidelines, please contact the hotel meeting and events team directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000 to discuss your requirements.

    Does the hotel facilitate conferences?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford meeting rooms can cater for smaller conferences to a maximum of 70 guests.

    How many people do your meeting rooms accommodate?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford’s meeting rooms can cater from 2 to 70 guests.

    What equipment is included in the meeting rooms?

    Our meeting rooms are equipped with a projector, drop-down screen and flipcharts.

    Are there food and beverage options available?

    Food and beverage options are available on-site for your meeting room. Tea/Coffee breaks, working lunch, buffet lunch and sit-down lunch menus are available to suit your budget and requirements.

    Do you have corporate rates available?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford can offer a corporate rate to all guests travelling to Wexford on business. For repeat/group corporate bookings, please do contact Irene in the Sales team directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000 to discuss a reduced corporate rate.

  • Booking & Cancellation

    What is Make It Maldron and how do I sign up?

    Signing up and being part of Make it Maldron means you can save €10/£10 per room per night every time you book directly on our website (excludes sale and promotional special offers). To sign up, visit our ‘Make It Maldron’ page and join in 3 simple steps to ensure your discount is applied to all future online bookings.

    What is the best way to make a reservation?

    Reservations can be made via our online secure booking process on our hotel website where you can find our exclusive offers and most recent packages. Alternatively, you can call the hotel reservations team directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000.

    What should I do if I haven’t received a booking confirmation?

    If you haven’t received your booking confirmation, please check your spam/junk mail. Alternatively, please contact the reservations team on +353 (0)53 917 2000 or email info.wexford@maldronhotels.com and we can re-issue a new confirmation to you immediately.

    What payment methods does the hotel accept?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford accepts all forms of major payment including cash, contactless payments and all major credit/debit cards.

    What is the hotel’s credit/debit card policy?

    A valid credit/debit card is required to secure all bookings, unless in cases where this is otherwise stated. Please note nothing is charged to the card at booking stage when booking directly with the hotel (with the exception of advance purchase offers or bookings that require a deposit. This will be clearly noted on the booking offer). Please note that a pre-authorisation if required on check-in should you wish to avail of credit in the hotel and charge items to your room during your stay.

    If a guest wishes to pay cash on arrival, please note that a €100 refundable deposit and proof of ID will be required on check-in.

    What age are children for the purpose of hotel packages?

    Children under the age of 3 can stay complimentary in the hotel. For the purposes of packages, a child is noted as being between the ages of 3 and 12.

    How do I make a group or multiple room booking?

    To make a group/multiple room reservation, please do contact our reservations team on +353 (0)53 917 2000 or email info.wexford@maldronhotels.com.

    Are there any age restrictions when booking a hotel room?

    Please note that guests must be over 18 to book a hotel room at Maldron Hotel Wexford. All under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.

    Can I show up at the hotel without a booking?

    Yes, you can show up at the hotel reception without a booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate you (subject to availability on the day).

    Can I extend my stay?

    If you wish to extend your stay during your time in the hotel, please contact the reception team and we will be delighted to extend your stay at additional costs (subject to availability).

    How can I amend or cancel my booking?

    If you have booked directly with the hotel, you can amend or cancel your booking by visiting the ‘Manage Booking’ section on our website by using your confirmation number and email address. Alternatively, you can call us directly on +353 (0)53 917 2000 to cancel or amend your booking.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Maldron Hotel Wexford operates a 24-hour cancellation policy before the arrival date of your booking. Packages are subject to a 48-hour cancellation policy. Some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer/date. These terms will be outlined in the terms and conditions.

    How can I cancel my reservation if I booked via a third-party website?

    If you have booked via a third-party website, you will need to contact the third-party website directly to amend or cancel your booking as we cannot do that on your behalf. Please note that they have their own cancellation policies, so please refer to your confirmation email.

    What does the “no-show” policy entail?

    If guests have a confirmed a booking and do not arrive to check-in to the hotel, the firsts nights’ accommodation will be charged to the credit/debit card provided at booking stage.

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