Places to Visit
While on holidays at Kelly's Resort Hotel, an enjoyable part of your stay can be a visit to many interesting and beautiful places found in the surrounding areas of Wexford Town.
NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE
Wexford Opera House is Ireland’s first custom-built, multi-purpose opera house and home to the world-famous Wexford Festival Opera. The stunning landmark building is nestled into the heart of the beautiful harbour town of Wexford and offers two diverse performance spaces, the O’Reilly and Jerome Hynes Theatres, as well as numerous meeting and hospitality facilities including a café and bar.
JOHNSTOWN CASTLE GARDEN
Situated 8 miles from Rosslare, Johnstown Castle has 50 acres of garden around the castellated mansion and 3 ornamental lakes. In Johnstown Castle, the old farmyard is a natural museum of agriculture and rural life, featuring crafts, transport and farmhouse furniture.
The Castle at Johnstown is a gem of gothic revival architecture and opens to visitors in summer 2019 for the first time after an initial restoration, promising to enchant all who experience it with its unique 86 metre long servants’ tunnel, turrets, lake walks and exquisite gardens. The Castle at Johnstown is a gem of gothic revival architecture and opens to visitors in summer 2019 for the first time after an initial restoration, promising to enchant all who experience it with its unique 86 metre long servants’ tunnel, turrets, lake walks and exquisite gardens. The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th-century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson who is famed for the gardens at Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow.
NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK
The Irish National Heritage Park is an open-air museum with 14 separate sites, situated in a magnificent rural setting with winding paths, streams, ponds and plenty of wildlife. Along the paths are 14 sites which show early man, the Celts, Vikings, Normans and how Irish society developed
Loftus Hall is reported to be the most haunted house in Ireland. Take our guided tour of the ground floor: hear the history and Legend of Loftus Hall! They offer guided house tours and have a cafe, gift shop, walled gardens, bike hire, a courtyard, and private beach, along with ample parking, toilet facilities, free wifi, & is fully accessible for wheelchairs. Our spooky interactive ground floor tours are informative, entertaining and oftentimes chilling. Family-friendly day-time, adult only Saturday night-time, and extra scary Halloween themed tours (available during the Halloween period) are available. See our website www.loftushall.ie for opening dates/ times/ prices/ on-line bookings & much more. Please note Loftus Hall is a haunted house and we can not take any responsibility for any distress caused!
DUNBRODY EMIGRANT SHIP
Board the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship and walk in the footsteps of a group of Irish famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic ocean.
Visit one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. Guided tours of the lighthouse, multi-lingual literature, café, craft shop and car parking available onsite.
NATIONAL 1798 VISITOR CENTRE
The award-winning centre tells the epic story of the 1798 rebellion. Discover the world of rebels and redcoats; experience a fascinating insight into the birth of modern democracy in Ireland. The weather-independent centre tells the story through film, sound, interactive computers and colourful storyboards culminating in a spectacular four-screen re-enactment of the battle of Vinegar Hill.
If you are keen on 'getting back to nature' by exploring an undeveloped island, which happens to be a famous sea-bird sanctuary, this is the place for you. It is a pleasant place to relax and enjoy the only large sea bird colony in the south-east of Ireland. Saltee Islands are located off the beautiful traditional Irish fishing village of Kilmore Quay. This is an un-spoilt village, not commercialised, with thatched cottages dotted throughout and breath-taking coastal walks.
KILMORE QUAY MARITIME MUSEUM
The Kilmore Maritime Museum is situated in Kilmore Quay a fishing village 13 miles from Rosslare. The museum is housed on board the “Guillemot” – the last remaining complete lightship.
WEXFORD COUNTY MUSEUM
The setting of the County Museum is that of the old Norman castle, built in the first quarter of the 13th Century. This is located in Enniscorthy 20 miles from Rosslare. The Museum illustrates in a magnificent way the storied past of the county in all its varied aspects, ecclesiastical, military, maritime, agricultural and industrial.
KILTREA BRIDGE POTTERY
Enniscorthy's fabulous potter tradition is alive and well at Kiltrea! Go see their breath-taking selection of hand-thrown plant pots and casual tableware including spectacular one-off pieces and keenly priced seasonal specials. Open 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. - Monday to Saturday.
JOHN F. KENNEDY ARBORETUM
It includes 200 forest plots, a visitor centre, signposted walks and a picnic area. A pony and trap transport system and miniature railway operate during the season. The cafe and shop are open from May to September.
The original homestead and farmyard of J.F. Kennedy's great-grandfather and famous for President Kennedy's visit in July 1963. Audiovisual display and unique Collection of JFK's memorabilia.