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Occupying the southeastern corner of Ireland, County Wexford has a pleasant low-lying and fertile landscape contrasted with mountainous terrain at its western borders with Kilkenny and Carlow. With ferries arriving in Rosslare Harbour from Wales and France, the county is one of Ireland's principal gateways, drawing in a large influx of visitors who either passing through on their way to Dublin and the rest of Ireland or choose to stay in the county to discover Wexford's remarkable coastline and rich heritage.
Wexford Town is the largest in the county and vies with Waterford for the position of South East Ireland's leading settlement. This distinctively charming town retains some traces of its Viking and Norman past and serves as an idyllic base for exploring the surrounding countryside and leading visitor attractions in County Wexford.
Reflecting County Wexford's turbulent history and rich Irish heritage, visitors can marvel at a host of historic sites and places of interest dotted throughout. Dating back to 1205, Enniscorthy Castle is home to Wexford County Museum, featuring an extraordinary collection of artefacts related to 1798 rising and 1916 Easter Rising, significant episodes of Weford's tumultuous past. Heralded as Ireland's finest museum, The National 1798 Visitor Centre situated in the grounds of Enniscorthy Castle is certainly well worth a visit, commemorating Wexford's uprising against British rule in Ireland.
County Wexford is home to a dramatic coastline of breathtaking coves, bays and peninsulas washed by the waters of the Southern Irish Sea and St Georges Channel. In the southwest of the county, Hook Peninsula is the most prominent landmass crowned by a chain picture postcard villages, antiquities and Hook Head Lighthouse, possibly the world's oldest. This spectacular peninsula is an essential stop off point and equally serves as a holiday destination, providing history and culture enthusiasts with a rich plethora of ancient treasures including a host of abbeys, castles and forts dating from pre-Norman times as well as a 15th Century Knights Templar castle.
Boasting an impressive array of nature reserves and spectacular vantage points for vewing wildlife, County Wexford is an ornithologist and nature lover's paradise. Around three miles to the north of Wexford Town, Wexford Wild Life Park is a swathe of flat land reclaimed from the sea and home to some 10,000 migrating birds in Winter, including half of the world's population of white-fronted geese. Other nature reserves and viewing points are dotted along the coast north of Wexford Town, just off the Dublin Road where visitors can take in the delights of waders, fowl and spectacular blue-flag beaches.
County Wexford is a superb holiday destination for water sports enthusiasts, particularly in and around Rosslare Strand, some 8 km north of the Ferry Terminal. This area attracts thousands of visitors in the summer months to its long, golden beaches and shallow bay offering perfect conditions for windsurfers. Boards, wetsuits and tuition are available from various windsurfing centres in the area. Equally, diving and scuba diving are popular activities, particularly around Hook Head where the underwater scenery features a magnificent network of caves, crevasses and gullies. Whether visiting for business or pleasure or simply passing through, there is a multitude of activities and cultural treasures awaiting to be sampled and explored in this stunning coastal county in South East Ireland.
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