Things to do in Wexford

Wexford is the perfect location to visit all this historic region has to offer. Maldron Hotel Wexford is located only 4km from Wexford town and within a short driving distance of many of the areas tourist attractions.

Maldron Hotel Wexford is one of the nearest hotels to The Irish National Heritage Park and Johnstown Castle both of which are only a 5-minute drive from the hotel. Explore the county further and visit The Dunbrody Famine Ship, Kennedy Homestead and JFK Arboretum. Wells House and Gardens and Kia Ora Mini Farm offer a great day out for the younger members of the family. Why not explore the beautiful coastline and take in Hook Lighthouse and Kilmore Quay. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful county.

Wexford Trails

Wexford Trails have brought together the best and the most unique attractions and activities on a series of trails that allow you to explore everything that Wexford has to offer whether you are travelling by car, by bike or on foot. The trails in the network include:

  • Wexford Craft Trail
  • Wexford Cycling Trail
  • Wexford Garden Trail
  • Wexford Heritage Trail
  • Wexford Walking Trail

With centuries of history and miles of unspoiled landscape to explore, you will find something for everyone on a Wexford Trail. For more information check out the Wexford Trails website.

Irish National Heritage Park

A visit to the Irish National Heritage Park is like no other you can imagine. Take an incredible journey through 9,000 years of Ireland’s past with ringforts, crannogs and Viking houses and much more. Entertaining guided tours run daily during the summer season to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Why not pan for gold, shoot a Viking bow and arrow or simply relax with a coffee and pick up some gift ideas in their wonderful gift shop. Irish National Heritage Park is located less than a 3-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford. Get tickets here.

Johnstown Castle and Gardens

Enjoy a guided tour of the restored 19th century castle and unique servants tunnel- the longest domestic servants tunnel in Ireland! Take a look at the fasinating Irish Agricultural Museum which displays one of the most comprehensive exhibits of rural and family life in Ireland. You can also explore over 4km of beautiful garden walks around the stunning lake. There is also a café and retail area located in the visitor centre. Johnstown Castle is located only 6km from Maldron Hotel Wexford.

Dunbrody Famine Ship & Irish Emigration Experience

Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions in the Sunny Southeast. The experience is centred around an authentic reproduction of the 1840’s emigrant vessel which provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience. The experience incorporates a guided tour with costumed performers and themed exhibitions. Dunbrody Famine Ship is located in New Ross which is a 36km drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford.

Kennedy Homestead

The Kennedy Homestead is the birthplace of President John F. Kennedys great grandfather Patrick Kennedy. The homestead includes a unique cultural museum that is dedicated to the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed at home. The Kennedy trail includes the Kennedy Homestead, Dunbrody Famine Ship and the JFK Arboretum. Located just outside New Ross just over 40km drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford.

JFK Arboretum

John F. Kennedy Arboretum is dedicated to the memory of the late 35th president of the United States of America. The park consists of 622 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs. The visitor centre houses exhibitions, guided tours and an audio-visual show as well as a miniature railway (seasonal), pony and trap, café and gift shop. Road access also provides stunning panoramic views from the top of Slieve Coillte (271 meter summit). Both attractions are only a 36km drive to Maldron Hotel Wexford.

About Maldron Hotel Wexford

Located on the edge of Wexford town, Maldron Hotel Wexford is perfectly situated as an ideal base to explore this wonderful region and all that Irelands Ancient East has to offer. With 108 contemporary designed bedrooms, Club Vitae Leisure facilities and Body and Soul treatment rooms combined with complimentary parking and unlimited Wi-Fi, we are the perfect place from which to explore the sunny south-east of Ireland.

Our family-friendly facilities include outdoor playgrounds, a mini-golf course and Crafty Kids Camp during school holidays. Maldron Hotel Wexford is located within a 20 minutes’ drive of Rosslare Euro port making us the ideal location on your arrival to Ireland.

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Wells House and Gardens

Wells House and Gardens is a great Victorian house and gardens offering something for all generations of visitors from a house tour, garden tour, falconry, archery, two enchanted woodland walks, craft courtyard, animal farm and playground. Wells House and Gardens is open daily with a great calendar of events running throughout the year and is located 32km from Maldron Hotel Wexford.

Hook Lighthouse

The present structure of Hook Lighthouse is estimated to be 800 years old and is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours all year round and is one of the top attractions along Ireland Ancient East. During the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to climb the 115 steps to the spectacular views from the lighthouse balcony. A walk along the coastline so you can take in the beautiful Wexford coastline is a must. Hook Lighthouse is located 43km from the hotel along the amazing South East Coastal Drive.

Tintern Abbey

The ruins of Tintern Abbey are well worth a visit during your stay at Maldron Hotel Wexford. This 12th century Cistercian abbey was founded by William Marshall and is named after Tintern in Wales. The ruins today include a tower, chapel and cloister as well as stunning wooded walks around the grounds of the abbey. Guided tours are available during peak season and last up to 45 minutes. Tintern Tea Rooms are also open daily. Tintern Abbey is located only a 29km drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford.

Wexford Beaches

Visit Wexford, the land of beaches and festivals with over 275km of beautiful coastline to explore. Our world famous beaches are worth a visit when staying at Maldron Hotel Wexford.

Hook Head Adventures

For the more daring of our guests, why not explore the stunning Wexford coastline with Hook Head Adventures. Explore the Hook Penninsula and the southeast coastline with a wide range of water activities including sea cave kayaking, sunset kayaking, family friendly sea kayaking, coasteering, surfing and stand up paddle boarding lessons, as well as guided bicycle tours.

Only a 30-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Wexford, we are sure you won’t be disappointed!

Hazelwood Stables

There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in Wexford when staying at Maldron Hotel Wexford. Hazelwood Stables is in Rosslare Harbour and is only a 20-minute drive from the hotel. They provide riding lessons and beach treks. They cater for all ages and levels and are open all year round.

Upcoming Wexford Festivals

Wexford is a hive of activity throughout the year so plan your visit around the many festivals and events that attract both visitors and locals alike for fun and entertainment. Such festivals including Wexford Opera Festival, Fringe Festival, Spiegeltent Festival and many more. Our Wexford events guide will keep you up to date with all that’s happening in Wexford.

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