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IRELAND’S

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THE BEST THINGS TO DO, SEE, AND ENJOY!

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Ballinasloe

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CONTENTS

Ref Attraction

N80

Page

N62

Tullamore 1 Kilkenny Castle....................................................... 7

Welcome to Clonmacnoise Ireland’s

2 Kilkenny Famine Experience................................... 7

3 N52 St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower...................... 8

South East

Kilcormac 4 Dunmore Cave........................................................ 8

5

Banagher

Nicholas Mosse ...................................................... Portarlington

9

Kildar

N65

6

Donegal

Jerpoint Abbey........................................................ 9

Derry

Larne

Airport

Belfast

Airport

7 St. Mary’s Church................................................... 10

Mona

Belfast

Portumna

Birr

8 BoatTrips.ie........................................................... Mountmellick

10

Sligo

9 VISUAL .................................................................. 11

Ireland West

Airport

10 Carlow County Museum........................................ Portlaoise 11

Terryglass

Dublin

11

Airport

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland........................... 11

Mountrath

Galway Athlone Dublin

12 Carlow College, St. Patrick’s .................................. 12

Shannon Borrisokane

Roscrea13 Duckett’s Grove..................................................... 12

Airport

N80

Limerick Kilkenny

14 Huntington Castle................................................. M7

12

N52

15 Irish National Heritage Park.................................. 13

Waterford Rosslare

Kerry

Abbeyleix

Airport

16 Rebellion at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre .14

M7

Cork

Nenagh Cork

17 Enniscorthy Castle................................................. 14

Airport

N78

N62

18 Secret Valley Wildlife Durrow Park..................................... 15

Lough Derg

Slieve Bloom Mts.

allina

ill

Silvermine Mts.

Borrisoleigh

Templemore

Cullahill

Johnstown

N77

4

Castlecomer

t

re

en

tal

g

Oola

N24

Cappawhite

Dundrum

Tipperary

N74

Bansha

Cashel

Holycross

New Inn

Thurles

M8

Fethard

Urlingford

Mullinahone

Slieveardagh Mts.

N76

Callan

Ballyfoyle

7

Kilmanagh N10

Gowran

5

Bennettsbridge

Kells Stoneyford

Nine Mile

House

1 2

3 8

KILKENNY

Thomastown

M9 6

Knocktopher

G

th

y

Fota

Is.

47

Galbally

43

Mitchelstown

Fermoy

Rathcormack

Page Cobh 4

Galtee Mts.

Midleton

48

M8

N72

Killeagh

Ballycotton

Ballyduff

Tallow

Dungourney

Castlemartyr

45 Cahir

Clogheen

The Vee

Lismore

35 36

Youghal

49

N24

Ardfinnan

Knockmeldown Mts.

Ballycotton

Bay

Capoquin

Youghal

Bay

Clashmore

Kilsheelan

44 46

Clonmel Carrick-on-Suir

Dungarvan

Grange

N25

Comeragh Mts.

39

An Rinn

40

34 38

Ardmore

41 Ardmore Hd.

Kilmacthomas

34

Lemybrien

Mine Hd.

Piltown

42

Monavullagh Mts.

Bunmahon

Mullinavat

WATERFORD

29 30 31

32 33

Kilmeadan

Waterford

Airport

Tramore

37

CELTIC SEA

N25

W

P

E


Dublin Dublin

To UK &

derry

Celbridge

Bay

To UK &

denderry

Celbridge

Bay

France France

Ref Attraction Clane Clane Straffan Straffan Page Ref Attraction

Page

Dun Dun Laoghaire

19 Wells House & Gardens......................................... 15 36 Robert Boyle Escape Room.................................... 25

20 Kia Ora Mini Farm................................................. N7

N7

15 37 Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens......................... 26

21 Pirates Cove.......................................................... Naas Naas

16 38 Dungarvan Bray Bray Castle.................................................. 26

22 Newbridge

Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens....... 16 39 Criostal na Rinne................................................... 27

23 Ferns Castle........................................................... 17Enniskerry

40 Gaeltacht na Deise................................................ 27

ldare e

24 Ballyhack Castle.................................................... Blessington 17 41 Ardmore Open Farm & Mini Zoo............................ 27

Greystones

25 Tintern Abbey........................................................ 18 42 Curraghmore House.............................................. 28

onasterevin

26 Walk the Tintern Abbey Trails ................................ 19 43 Mitchelstown Cave................................................ 29

Roundwood

27 Hook Lighthouse .................................................. 20 44 The Main Guard..................................................... 29

28 New Ross Heritage Town....................................... 20 45 Swiss Cottage........................................................ 30

Blue Flag Beaches ............................................... 21 46 Ashford Tipperary AshfordMuseum of Hidden History................... 30

Athy Athy

Glendalough

29 Waterford Treasures.............................................. N81

N81

22 47 Spike Island.......................................................... 31

30 King of the Vikings................................................ 23 48 Jameson Distillery Wicklow Midleton................................. 32

31 House of Waterford Crystal................................... 23 49 Youghal Heritage Tours......................................... 33

M9

M9

Baltinglass Rathdrum Rathdrum

32 Mount Congreve Gardens..................................... 24 Special Discoveries in the South East.................... 34

33 Waterford Suir Valley Railway............................... 24

M11

M11

A-Z Index 35

34 Waterford Greenway Bike Hire.............................. 24 Avoca Avoca

35 Lismore Heritage Centre....................................... 25

Wicklow Mts.

Wicklow Mts.

IRISH SEA

IRISH SEA

13

Carlow Carlow

9 10 12

11

Tullow Tullow

Tinahely Tinahely

Arklow Arklow

Leighlinbridge

Bagenalstown

Goresbridge

N80

N80 14 Carnew Carnew

Gorey Gorey

Bunclody Bunclody

20

21

Courtown Courtown

IRISH IRISH SEA SEA

Borris Borris

Graiguenamanagh

Kiltealy Kiltealy

Ballywilliam

N30 N30

Clonroche

18

Blackstairs Mts.

Blackstairs Mts.

New New Ross Ross

28

N25

N25

Ferns Ferns

23

M11

M11

Oilgate Oilgate

N11

N11Castlebridge

Ballycanew

Ballygarrett

19

16 17

Kilmuckridge

Enniscorthy

15

Wexford

Wexford Wexford Harbour Harbour

Campile Campile

22

24

Wellington Rosslare Rosslare Rosslare Rosslare

Harbour

Ballyhack

Bridge

Harbour

Ballyhack

Bridge

N25

N25

25 26

assage Passage

astEast

Duncannon

Kilmore Kilmore

To Wales To Wales

Ballytige Ballytige Quay Quay

& France & France

Dunmore Fethard Bay

Dunmore Fethard Bay

Carnsore Carnsore

East East

Point Point

Churchtown

Saltee Saltee Is. Is.

27

Hook Hook Head Head

aterford

Harbour

25

JFK JFK

Memorial Memorial

Park Park

Waterford

Harbour

The Waterford Greenway

Blue Flag Beaches

Car Ferry Crossing

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ERRORS AND OMISSIONS

Every care has been taken in the compilation

of this guide to ensure its accuracy and

compliance with the consumer protection

laws. Glance Promotions cannot accept

responsibility for errors or omissions, but

where such are brought to our attention

future editions of this guide will be amended

accordingly and important changes will be

reflected on our website and in the digital

edition of this guide.

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Enjoy your Visit to

the South East

We hope you have a wonderful time in the South East.

To help you make the most of your trip, this Daily Adventure Visitor Guide

features the Region’s top attractions, activities and experiences. When you

find something special, tell us about it and you could win an amazing holiday

stay in a lighthouse (see page 2).

For now, because Covid-19 is still with us, we have some important advice and useful tips to

share, so that you are never disappointed.

Essential Travel Advice

OPEN DATES AND TIMES:

Open dates and times may be subject to change,

particularly at this time, and can vary throughout

the seasons and day of week. Businesses

indicating ‘Open Year-Round’ often close at

certain times, for example, during Christmas

time. Therefore, we strongly recommend that

you check dates and times in advance of

travel, close to the date of your planned visit –

particularly if you are travelling distances. You

should do this by checking the website of the

attraction, activity or experience of interest - or

give them a call to get the latest information.

CORE OPERATING TIMES:

The core operating times for many tourism

businesses are typically between 10:00 and

17:00h, with the last entry one hour or more

before closing. Many also operate extended

operating times during the high season when

there are more hours of daylight. It is always best

to check their times in advance of visiting.

ATTRACTION FEATURES

MAY NOT ALWAYS BE OPEN:

Some features within attractions and activities

may not be available to experience at this time.

Some may be temporarily closed to comply with

social distancing guidelines or for other reasons.

Again, checking online is essential.

BOOKING REQUIREMENTS:

Many attractions, activities, and entertainments,

require advance booking for tours and visits.

Some entertainments and activities also operate

subject to demand. You should always check to

see if booking is required.

COVID-19 - STAY SAFE:

On your travels, stay safe. Please remember to

follow all public health advice. Always distance

yourself at least 2 meters (6 feet) from other

people. Wear face coverings, covering your

mouth and nose, when in proximity to others.

Wash your hands well and frequently.

See www.gov.ie/covid

Our Best Tips?

VIEW OUR VISITOR GUIDE ONLINE

AS A DIGITAL BROCHURE:

Viewing this guide online is very handy. It

is an effortless read, and there is no need

to download it. As you turn the pages, you

can link from the profile of the attraction,

activity, or experience of interest directly

to their website for more information.

You will also always get the latest

version of this guide online, which

will include any essential updates.

You can link to it by scanning the

QR code here or visiting

www.YourDailyAdventure.com/digital

Open QR code

on phone

Scan

Here

VISIT OUR ‘DAILY ADVENTURE’

WEBSITE:

Visit our website, and you can easily

view and find information on top

visitor attractions and experiences

from all around Ireland. You

can also view the five online

Regional Editions of this Guide.

Our editions cover Dublin,

Cork-Kerry, The West,

The South East, and

the Shannon Region. See

www.YourDailyAdventure.com

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B R A N C H

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KILKENNY

KILKENNY CASTLE

The Parade, Kilkenny City

12th Century Castle

in the heart of the city

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically in the heart of Kilkenny city.

This impressive 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times

and set in extensive parklands was the principal seat of the Butler

family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.

A tour of the castle will capture your imagination as you move

between the Medieval Room, the Castle Gateway, and the

Undercroft of the West Tower hearing about the Lords and Ladies

of this most impressive home.

The central block of the castle now includes a library, drawing

room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830’s splendour, as well as

the beautiful Picture Gallery.

The castle has been under the care of the Office of Public Works

since 1969 and many important programmes of archaeological

excavation, conservation and restoration have been carried out

on the grounds.

Guide Books available in English, Irish, French, German, Italian,

Spanish & Polish. Audio-visual presentation located in the

Medieval Room.

Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny City

R95 YRK1

Tel: 056-770 4100

www.kilkennycastle.ie

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

No tickets required for Castle

Kitchen tea-room and medieval

room. Guided tours ONLY Nov to

Jan. Last admission 45mins before

closing. Self-guided tours Feb to

Oct. Last admission 30mins before

closing

Parking:

Nearby

KILKENNY FAMINE

EXPERIENCE

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre,

Kilkenny City

FREE AV tour retelling the human

stories of the Kilkenny Union

Workhouse. Tour begins at the

men’s yard of the Workhouse and

ends with a visit to the Memorial

Garden and evocative bronze

sculpture—the final resting place

of over 970 famine victims found

unexpectedly on the site in 2005.

Book the tour online or go to the

Customer Service Desk in the

beautifully restored Shopping

Centre.

MacDonagh Junction

Shopping Centre

Dublin Road (Top of John

Street), Kilkenny City

R95 W8RH

Tel: 056-777 7600

www.macdonaghjunction.com

www.kilkennyfamineexperience.com

Open: Open Daily, Year-Round

Admission: Entry Free

Parking: On-site

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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KILKENNY

ST. CANICE’S

CATHEDRAL &

ROUND TOWER

Coach Road,

Kilkenny City

A great

experience for

all the family

Step back into 900 years of

history with a visit to Ireland’s

best preserved Medieval

Cathedral. Walk in the

footsteps of knights, saints,

witch hunters & hermits! Be

sure to climb the Round Tower

which is 100ft high and take a

selfie at the top with panoramic

views as a backdrop.

Cathedral is wheelchair accessible. Information leaflets are

available in 15 languages. Minimum height restriction of 140cm

apply to climb the Tower.

St. Canice’s Cathedral &

Round Tower

The Close, Coach Road,

Kilkenny City, R95 V63H

Tel: 056-776 4971

www.stcanicescathedral.com

Open:

Open Daily, Year-Round - subject to

weather and staffing

Admission: Rates Apply

Information: Gift Shop

Parking: Nearby

DUNMORE CAVE

Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny

Explore calcite formations

History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave. The unique caves

consist of a series of chambers and contain some of the finest

calcite formations found in any Irish cave. The cave has been

known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th

century Irish Triads. Archaeological finds within the cave confirm

Viking activity. Exhibitions and displays in the Visitor Centre. The

caves are inaccessible for wheelchair users.

The Interactive Virtual Museum includes many treasures found in

the Cave including one of the most significant Viking finds in the

country.

Dunmore Cave

Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer Road,

Co. Kilkenny

R95 A972

Tel: 056-776 7726

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

Not accessible for wheelchair users.

May not be suitable for very young

children. Visitors are advised to

wear suitable footwear due to

uneven terrain.

Parking: On-site

Page 8 Map of attractions and entertainments , see page 4


KILKENNY

NICHOLAS MOSSE

Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny

Making beautiful tableware

that gets used every day

An old mill on the riverbank is home to one of Ireland’s best-loved

craft workshops, Nicholas Mosse Pottery. Explore its history,

watch the ceramics being formed, browse the Irish Country Shop,

or book a tour. Going strong after 40 years, Nick and his team of

local craftspeople use an old Irish technique called ‘Spongeware’

to create their charming pottery. It is famous for its ecologically

friendly processes, from hydroelectricity to recycling and

upcycling material. The café, the riverside seating, and even the

goats make this a must!

Nicholas Mosse

Bennettsbridge,

Co. Kilkenny

R95 CK71

Tel: 056-772 7505

www.nicholasmosse.com

Open:

Open Daily, Year-Round

Admission:

Entry Free

Information:

Much loved Café and ‘Seconds

Quality’ pottery area.

Worldwide shipping. Pre-book a

tour, rates apply

Parking:

On-site

JERPOINT ABBEY

Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Sculptured cloister arcade

An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of

the 12th century. The church’s Romanesque details date from

this period. In the transept chapels the visitor can see 13th to

16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and cloister date from

the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured

cloister arcade with unique carvings. The Visitor Centre houses

an interesting exhibition.

Access for visitors with disabilities. Guided tours available.

English, Irish, German, French, Italian and Spanish leaflets/guide

book available.

Jerpoint Abbey

Thomastown,

Co. Kilkenny

R95 W99F

Tel: 056-772 4623

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Parking:

On-site

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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KILKENNY

ST. MARY’S CHURCH

Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

An exceptional collegiate church

Built in the late 13th century on the site of an earlier monastery,

this church was served by clerics who lived in the community.

The church was a large and elaborate structure, with an aisled

nave, a long chancel, and high-quality architectural sculpture

throughout. In the late middle ages, the existing tower was

modified, and in the 19th century, it was incorporated into the

parish church which was built in place of the chancel and which

now takes up about half of the building. There were also other

changes made at various periods. Regular tours available.

St. Mary’s Church

Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

R95 CV0Y

Tel: 056-772 6894 (open season)

or 056-772 4623 (closed season)

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

Guided tours available on request

Parking:

Nearby

BOATTRIPS.IE

Kilkenny City

Kilkenny’s

Medieval Mile

You’ll find these boat trips

relaxing, informative and

memorable. Witness the

wildlife that thrive in the urban

environment and that have

shared the waterways with man

for thousands of years. Learn of

the often unspoken and local

history that the river holds. The

guides are friendly, entertaining,

and possess a love for the

job they do. Be sure to bring

your camera as you’ll have the

opportunity to capture unique

views of Kilkenny including a rear

angle of the Castle, as seen from

river level.

www.boattrips.ie

Walk Kilkenny’s

Medieval Mile, and

travel back through time!

The Medieval Mile is a

discovery trail running

through the centre of

Kilkenny City, linking

wonderful Kilkenny Castle

and the 13th-century St

Canice’s Cathedral and

Round Tower -

with lots in between.

Page 10 Map of attractions and entertainments , see page 4


CARLOW

VISUAL

Old Dublin Road, Carlow

A dynamic multi-disciplinary

arts facility

Experience your world in a new way. See thought-provoking art

in the largest gallery space in Ireland. An iconic arts centre in the

heart of Carlow town, with four world-class gallery spaces and

a 320-seat performance space. VISUAL’s mission is to create a

space for audiences, artists and communities to engage with,

explore, and be inspired by contemporary art.

Every season at VISUAL, a play space is set aside to drop in at

any time to draw, cut out, make things and just have fun! The play

space is always free and available when the gallery is open.

VISUAL

Old Dublin Road,

Carlow

R93 A3K1

Tel: 059-917 2400

www.VisualCarlow.ie

Open:

Open Tues to Sun

Admission:

Entry Free

Information:

Lennons Restaurant on-site

Parking:

Nearby

CARLOW COUNTY

MUSEUM

College Street,

Carlow Town

THE CHOCOLATE

GARDEN OF

IRELAND

Tullow, Co. Carlow

Read this

Visitor Guide

as a Digital

Flip Book

Carlow County Museum is

entered through Carlow Tourist

Office. View the 19th century

pulpit from Carlow Cathedral.

Stand under the gallows

trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol!

See the smoking pipe of Captain

Myles Keogh who was killed

at the Battle of Little Big Horn

in 1876; items relating to John

Tyndall, Carlow’s 19th century

scientist who discovered the

greenhouse effect; and Kevin

Barry’s last cigarette before he

was executed in 1920 at the age

of 18 for his role in the Irish War of

Independence.

www.carlowmuseum.ie

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

is an award-winning family

business making handmade

chocolates, premium ice cream

(Tipperary Ice Cream brand) and

treats. Chocolate Workshops,

Parties and Afternoon Tea

(booking essential) & Chocolate

Mould-making (available on a

drop-in basis). Café & Ice Cream

parlour with Free Play Area—this

is a great venue for those with

a taste for the finer things in life.

Whatever your age, spoil your

senses with awesome ice cream

and chocolate, all made on-site.

www.chocolategarden.ie

You can read this

Daily Adventure Guide

as a Flip Brochure on

your phone or tablet.

It’s so handy - with links to

wherever you want to go!

See page 6

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

Page 11


CARLOW

CARLOW

COLLEGE, ST

PATRICK’S

College Street, Carlow

DUCKETT’S GROVE

HISTORIC HOUSE AND WALLED GARDENS

Kneestown, Co. Carlow

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is

situated in its own grounds on

an eighteenth-century parkland.

Hosting the public Carlow Art

Collection on its ground floors,

Carlow College is one of Ireland’s

finest public buildings located on

magnificent grounds and within

ten metres of VISUAL arts centre.

The art collection was a voluntary

initiative. Artists in the collection

include Bridget Flannery, Hilary

Elmes, Frank O’Meara, Hughie

O’Donoghue, and Victor Zevakin.

www.carlowcollege.ie

Home to the Duckett family from

the 18th to early 20th century and

formerly at the centre of a 20,000

acre estate. Even in ruin, the surviving

towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove

form a romantic profile. Two Georgian

kitchen gardens form part of the

complex where the old paths have

been revealed and the beds and

borders reinstated.

Woodland walk and large green area

for picnics.

Duckett’s Grove

Kneestown, Co. Carlow

R93 RF80

Tel: 059-913 0411

(Carlow Tourist Office)

www.carlowgardentrail.com

Open:

Open Daily, Year-Round

Admission:

Entry Free

Parking:

On-site

HUNTINGTON

CASTLE

Clonegal, Co. Carlow

Huntington Castle

Clonegal,

Co. Carlow

Y21 K237

Tel: 053-937 7160

www.huntingtoncastle.com

Open:

Open Daily, May to Sept

Admission:

Rates Apply

Go by our

Guides -

The Best

of Ireland

One of Ireland’s historical gems,

this amazing Castle is still lived in by

descendants of the original builders.

The guided tour (approx 40 mins)

features the world famous Temple of

Isis in the dungeons as well as Castle

rooms and ghost stories. With formal

gardens, an adventure playground,

tearooms and a gift shop, Huntington

Castle is the perfect place for a day

out or stay the night with historic B&B

and self-catering options available.

Parking:

On-site

Glance Visitor Guides

cover the Best of Ireland.

Watch out for them

on your travels. OR, read

the guide of interest online.

Visit our Website.

See page 6

Page 12 Map of attractions and entertainments , see page 4


WEXFORD

IRISH

NATIONAL

HERITAGE

PARK

Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford

Journey to a place

where history and legends

come to life

Irish National Heritage Park

Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford

Y35 X313

Tel: 053-912 0733

www.irishheritage.ie

Open:

Open Daily, check out the website for

times & availability

Admission:

Rates Apply

Parking:

On-site

Surprises wait around every turn as you explore 35 acres

of this remarkable heritage trail. Experience one of the

renowned tours in the company of a costumed guide. From

campsite to ringfort, from Water Mill to Fulacht Fiadh, from

Crannóg to Viking house, every activity is an adventure

into 9,000 years of Irish History and Heritage. Homesteads,

places of ritual, burial mounds and long forgotten remains

will enlighten the casual visitor and inspire the scholars.

Within the park, children can experience Ireland’s heritage

along with fun activities including panning for gold, wattle

your own house, rock art, 2 adventure playgrounds and a

Fairy Glade.

Learn a new skill by partaking in an exciting course. These

are lead by traditional craft workers and local artists. (Course

pre-booking required) Stay a night in our Medieval Ringfort

and experience the life of a farming family 1,500 years ago.

An experience you will never forget, whether you stay an

hour, an afternoon or for the night.

Check out our website for details and to book.

INCLUDING…

FULACHT FIADH

RESTAURANT AND

GIFT SHOP

Enjoy a snack from the FULACHT FIADH restaurant

on the terrace & visit the gift shop before you leave.

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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WEXFORD

REBELLION

AT THE NATIONAL

1798 REBELLION CENTRE

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Rebellion is here…

Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the

events of 1798 in Ireland are etched in blood on the annals of

Irish history. Vividly re-told in an interpretation, the “Rebellion

Experience” at the award-winning National 1798 Rebellion

Centre is not to be missed.

Meet Rebellion figures like John Shehan (The Croppy Boy),

Tom the Devil and General Gerard Lake. View the audiovisual

interpretation of the Battle of Vinegar Hill. Visit Vinegar Hill

Battlefield, one of the bloodiest battlefields in Irish history, where a

battle that lasted four hours left 1,500 dead.

The National 1798

Rebellion Centre

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Y21 PY03

Tel: 053-923 7596

www.1798centre.ie

Open:

Open Mon to Fri, Year-Round.

Open Daily, Jun to Sept.

Vinegar Hill Battlefield Year-Round.

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Craft and book shop on-site.

Newly opened ‘Coffee Kiosk’

Parking:

On-site

ENNISCORTHY CASTLE

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Enniscorthy Castle

Castle Hill, Enniscorthy,

Co. Wexford

Y21 AW90

Tel: 053-923 4699

www.enniscorthycastle.ie

Open:

Open Daily, Year-Round

A view from the keep

The award winning Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy

town, was built in the 13th century, and has long been home to

Anglo-Norman knights, English Earls and local merchant families.

Be sure to visit the dungeon and see the rare medieval wall art—

The Halberdier, dress up as a knight or lady of the house, marvel

at the works of the world-renowned furniture designer Eileen

Gray, and climb the steps to the battlements at the top of the

castle to discover the amazing views of Vinegar Hill Battlefield,

Enniscorthy town, and the surrounding flora and fauna.

Admission:

Rates Apply

Parking:

Nearby

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WEXFORD

SECRET VALLEY

WILDLIFE PARK

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Discover the wonders of Secret

Valley Wildlife Park

At Secret Valley Wildlife Park they strive to make everyone’s visit

one they won’t forget. Providing a once in a lifetime chance to

encounter exotic animals in a safe environment with beautiful

surroundings. From bottle-feeding the hungry goats to getting

up close and personal with lemurs, there is something for every

age. The keeper talks are fun and educational and, with 14 acres

of the valley open to the public including a recreational area and

traditional farmyard, there is never a dull moment at the park.

Secret Valley Wildlife Park

Coolnacon, Clonroche,

Enniscorthy Co. Wexford

Y21 DF85

Tel: 087-205 0069

www.secretvalley.ie

Open:

Open Daily, Apr to Aug. Open

weekends Sept to Mar

Admission:

Rates Apply. Pre-booking essential

Information:

Debit/Credit cards accepted

Parking:

On-site

WELLS HOUSE

& GARDENS

Gorey, Co. Wexford

Waiting to be explored is Wells House

and Gardens, located in the lush

green countryside of Co Wexford

just 20 minutes south of Gorey. The

house and gardens were designed

by renowned architect Daniel

Robertson famed for his work in

Powerscourt Estate! With something

for all generations, Wells House and

Gardens is the ideal choice for a day

out!

Voted Best Family Day Out by

TodayFM listeners.

Wells House & Gardens

Ballyedmond, Gorey,

Co. Wexford

Y25 CF96

Tel: 053-918 6737

www.wellshouse.ie

Open:

Open Daily, Year-Round

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Restaurant, playground,

animal farm, house tour, craft

courtyard

Parking:

On-site

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

KIA ORA MINI

FARM

Gorey, Co. Wexford

Kia Ora Mini Farm is a family run

open farm in Gorey, Co. Wexford

where children can see feathered

and furry friends. Adults can

enjoy the coffee shop or outdoor

seating while the children have

fun and learn about the animals.

Facilities include NEW REAL

DIGGERS, Go-Kart Track,

Footgolf, Crazy Maze, Fire Engine

Ride, Football Pitch, Milking

Cow etc. The farm is wheelchair

accessible and ideal for groups.

A party room is available for

birthdays. See the website for

special events.

www.kiaoraminifarm.ie

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WEXFORD

PIRATES COVE

Gorey, Co. Wexford

Pirates of all

ages will enjoy

swashbuckling

fun

Ahoy Mateys! Come to Pirates

Cove for a great family day

out. Enjoy Adventure Golf

in the 18 hole subtropical

course winding through

cascading waterfalls,

giant caves and the pirate

shipwreck out on the blue

lagoon. Captain your own

bumper boat or sea tractor on the lake but beware of waterfalls,

while the little scallywags enjoy the paddleboats.

Don’t forget the 10 Pin Bowling, children’s Go-karts, the Games

Arcade and the Spinning Compass Casino for older visitors! Take

a ride on the eco-friendly Pirates Cove Express Train or WIN great

prizes at the Ticket Redemption Counter. Cool down afterwards

at our new ice cream counter, where there is a wide selection of

treats to choose from.

Pirates Cove

Courtown Harbour, Gorey,

Co. Wexford

Y25 WD85

Tel: 053-942 5555

www.piratescove.ie

Open:

Open daily from 11:00h. Opening

times of certain activities may differ

during off peak season. Please

check the website for updated

opening hours.

Admission:

No entry fee. Individual prices for

different activities

Information:

Café on-site

Parking:

On-site

JOHNSTOWN CASTLE

ESTATE, MUSEUM &

GARDENS

Johnstown, Co. Wexford

A gem of Gothic Revival

architecture with lush grounds

Visit Johnstown Castle

Estate, Gardens and

Museum which offers

a ‘3 in 1’ attraction

including the Gothic

Revival castle with

adjoining servants’

tunnel, the Irish

Agricultural Museum

with its 19 exhibitions

& the spectacular

lakes, walled gardens, sculptures and playground.

This 19th century castle was designed by the Victorian architect

Daniel Robertson who is also responsible for Powerscourt in

County Wicklow.

Visit the gift shop and café or relax by the castle lakeside with its

Gothic towers, waterfall & statues and watch the peacocks strut by.

Johnstown Castle Estate

Johnstown, Co. Wexford

Y35 HP22

Tel: 053-918 4671

www.johnstowncastle.ie

Open:

Open Daily, Year-Round

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

On-site gift shop, Café and

woodland playground

Parking:

On-site

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WEXFORD

FERNS CASTLE

Ferns, Co. Wexford

Two nations, two cultures, one

shared history

This castle was built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl

Marshall. Originally, the castle formed a square with large corner

towers. Only half of the castle now remains. The most complete

tower contains a fine circular chapel, with carved ornament. The

tower also has several original fireplaces and a vaulted basement.

Archaeological excavations revealed a rock-cut ditch outside the

castle walls.

There is an extraordinary artefact to be seen in the visitor centre.

The Ferns Tapestry showcases the pre-Norman history of the

town via the thousand-year-old art of crewel wool embroidery.

Ferns Castle

Ferns, Co. Wexford

Y21 D892

Tel: 053-936 6411

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Parking:

On-site

BALLYHACK CASTLE

Ballyhack, Co. Wexford

Embrace the Middle Ages

Ballyhack Castle is located on a steep slope in a commanding

position overlooking Waterford estuary. The castle, a large tower

house, is thought to have been built c.1450 by the Knights

Hospitallers of St. John, one of the two great military orders

founded at the beginning of the 12th century at the time of the

Crusades.

Currently on display at Ballyhack Castle are assorted items of

replica armour relating to the Crusades and the Normans – a visit

not to be missed!

Ballyhack Castle

Ballyhack, Co. Wexford

Y35 TN56

Tel: 051-389 468

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

Guided tours available

Parking:

Nearby

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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WEXFORD

TINTERN ABBEY

New Ross, Co. Wexford

Where legacies were created

A Cistercian Abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall,

and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of a nave,

chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into

living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries.

The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th

century until 1960s.

The abbey is set in a special area of conservation and is

surrounded by woodland within which are walking trails to be

enjoyed.

Tintern Abbey

Saltmills, New Ross,

Co. Wexford

Y34 KR64

Tel: 051-562 650

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

Cafè, walking trails, exhibition,

picnic area

Parking:

On-site

Win

a Holiday at a

Lighthouse

Stephen Spielberg,

Tom Hanks &

Curracloe Beach

Lighthouses are located

at spectacular locations

around Ireland.

You can win a

holiday stay at one.

See page 2

The dramatic opening

World War II scenes from

‘Saving Private Ryan’,

starring Tom Hanks,

were filmed by Stephen

Spielberg at Curracloe

Beach, a short drive from

Wexford Town.

When you visit this popular

Blue Flag beach,

follow the nature trail

through the dunes.

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WALK THE

TINTERN

ABBEY

TRAILS

New Ross, Co. Wexford

Tintern Abbey

Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Y34 KR64

Tel: 051-562 650

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

Walks Open, Year-Round.

See www.heritageireland.ie for

Abbey opening times

Admission:

Entry Free

Information:

Walking Trail is free of charge.

Admission rates apply for the Abbey.

Café, picnic area, exhibition, bicycle

parking

Parking:

On-site

WEXFORD

Immerse yourself

in nature

Tintern Abbey, at Saltmills, New Ross, Co.

Wexford, is a Cistercian Abbey, founded

circa 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall. It is

a seasonal attraction, open daily late March

to end October (dates are subject to change,

see website). There is an admission fee to the

Abbey. As part of the Wexford Walking Trail

network, all four walks are free. To start each

walk, turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey

and continue to Trailhead.

Gardener’s Trail

This short walk (0.9km) starts at Tintern Abbey.

Cross the Tintern River, enjoy woodland

containing 200-year-old beech trees, and discover

Colclough Walled Garden (admission fee).

Tintern Demesne Trail

This 2.4km walk along the Tintern River and around the

demesne boundary features trees, kingfishers, egrets,

buzzards, squirrels, stoats, and bats.

Foxboro Trail

The 3.5km trail starts at Tintern Abbey and follows the

Tintern River through the forest, and has some climbs and

obstacles.

Bannow Bay Trail

Starting at the Abbey, this 7.2km trail goes through ‘Deal

Park’ and on to ‘Brickfield’ where the bricks of the Walled

Garden were made. Your walk will take in the old village of

Saltmills which is rich in birdlife.

INFORMATION AND

SAFETY NOTICE:

We strongly advise that you check out

www.WexfordWalkingTrail.ie for more details of

these and other walks. The website also provides

downloadable maps, advice on safety, footwear and

clothing tips, and the suitability of walks for different

abilities.

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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WEXFORD

HOOK LIGHTHOUSE

Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford

The oldest original operating

lighthouse in the world

Loved by families year-round, Hook Lighthouse is the oldest

original operating lighthouse in the world! Climb the well-worn

tower steps and meet the life-size hologram of the 5th-century

monk St Dubhán, Knight William Marshal and hear tales of life as

a lighthouse keeper. Enjoy the sea breeze on your face on the

balcony & the views from the panoramic watchroom. Voted in

Ireland’s top 10 favourite attractions at the Irish Travel Awards -

guided tours are on offer 7 days a week. The Lightkeeper’s Café is

open daily, and enjoy the playground & outdoor exhibitions too!

Private tours available.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week.

Hook Lighthouse

Fethard-on-Sea, Hook Peninsula,

Co. Wexford, Y34 YC60

Tel: 051-397 055 / 397 054

www.hookheritage.ie

Open:

Open Daily 10:00-17:00h,

Year-Round

Admission: Rates Apply

Information:

Gift Shop, Café, Bakery, Art Exhibits,

Artists workshop, Art classes, and

Maritime Displays. Garden Picnic

areas. Toilet facilities. Free WiFi

Parking:

On-site free car & coach parking

NEW ROSS

HERITAGE TOWN

New Ross, Co. Wexford

A town full of cultural surprises

New Ross is the ancestral home of the Irish American President

John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship and

discover its history. The magnificent Ros Tapestry, depicting

Norman conquests of Ireland, rivals the Bayeaux Tapestry for its

stitch work. The town is a gateway to the Hook Peninsula and

Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the world.

View the beautiful St Mary’s Church, built by William Marshall and

his wife Isabel in the 13th century. Visit the award-winning Library

Park and Pearse Park, or stroll alongside the River Barrow.

New Ross Heritage Town

New Ross,

Co. Wexford

Y34 CF64

Tel: 051-421 284

www.visitwexford.ie

Information:

A stroll on the Great River Wall

on the River Barrow is highly

recommended.

New Ross is full of cultural and

historic surprises, beautiful

shopfronts and quaint laneways

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WATERFORD / WEXFORD

BLUE FLAG

BEACHES

Waterford & Wexford

Break for the Beach

With such an extensive coastline along the two counties

of Waterford & Wexford you would expect to find quality

beaches, and you won’t be disappointed. With many

beaches meeting the Blue Flag standard you are certain to

never be far from a great day out at the beach.

The miles of beaches available are great for swimming,

exploring rock pools and all sorts of beach fun. There are

plenty of water activities to be enjoyed from sub-aqua,

sailing, diving, water skiing, rowing, canoeing, land yachting

and surfing.

Waterford’s coastal blue flag beaches include: Ardmore,

Clonea, Councillor’s Strand, Dunmore East, and Tramore.

Wexford’s coastal blue flag beaches include Ballinesker

Beach, Ballymoney North Beach, Carne, Curracloe,

Morriscastle, and Rosslare.

If you enjoy the great

outdoors, there’s

no better place for a

holiday. There’s so

much to see and do!

For up-to-date listings of

Blue Flag Beaches, visit

www.blueflagireland.org

THE BLUE

FLAG

PROGRAMME

The Blue Flag is an international award for beach

excellence. It is presented to beaches which have

excellent water quality, which provide a range

of services and visitor facilities, and which meet

other specified criteria including environmental

management, litter control and education.

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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WATERFORD

TREASURES

MEDIEVAL MUSEUM

BISHOP’S PALACE

IRISH SILVER MUSEUM

IRISH MUSEUM OF TIME

The Viking Triangle,

Waterford City

Waterford Treasures

The Viking Triangle, Waterford City

X91 K10E

Tel: 0761-102 501

www.waterfordtreasures.com

Open:

Open Year-Round

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Café, gift shop on-site &

parking nearby

Parking:

Nearby

WATERFORD

Explore the museums at the

Viking Triangle

Uncover fascinating insights into your favourite era of

Ireland’s heritage in the country’s oldest city. Explore the

Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace, Irish Museum of Time,

and the Irish Silver Museum.

At the Medieval Museum, take a step back into 13th &

15th century Waterford as you explore the atmospheric

underground Choristers’ Hall & the 15th century Wine Vault.

Discover the medieval Cloth-of-Gold Vestments & the 1373

Great Charter Roll of Waterford - viewed by Queen Elizabeth

II on her 2011 visit to Ireland.

The Bishop’s Palace Museum is a 18th-century Georgian

residence built in 1743 & home to the oldest surviving piece

of Waterford Crystal in the world! The spectacular 4D Story

of Glassmaking is included in your ticket.

At the Irish Museum

of Time, explore the

oldest Irish-made

grandfather clocks,

table clocks and

watches in the world &

celebrate the incredible

skills of the virtuoso

craftspeople who

created timepieces of

remarkable beauty & technological genius.

The Irish Silver Museum offers a journey through Irish

history using beautiful, personal objects as a guide to the

fascinating story of Ireland & our ostentatious past.

ENJOY AN EPIC

GUIDED WALKING

TOUR

Waterford awaits! Join the ultimate guided walking

tour and discover the great stories of Ireland’s oldest

city from the Vikings to the Victorians. This is 1,000

years of history in 1,000 paces. Guaranteed fun for all

the family & the only guided tour in Ireland that gives

you access to five national monuments.

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WATERFORD

KING OF THE VIKINGS

Viking Triangle, Waterford City

The World’s First Viking 3D Virtual

Reality Adventure

Exciting 3D Virtual Reality experience available in 3 languages

and lasting 30 minutes, housed in a replica of a Viking house. The

replica is in a medieval monastery where a Viking fort once stood.

The visitor is met by a Viking comb-maker, regaled with stories

about life in Viking Waterford, and invited to don a magic helmet

(3D Oculus Rift headsets). This transports them back 1100 years

to meet the Viking leader Reginald, King of Waterford and York.

Only 100 steps from Reginald’s Viking tower which has a full-size

replica Viking longship.

King of the Vikings

Viking Triangle,

Waterford City

X91 A0PF

Tel: 0761-102 676

www.kingofthevikings.com

Open:

Open Daily, March to Oct

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Please email or phone to pre-book

your slot. Tours available in English,

French & German

Parking:

Nearby

HOUSE OF

WATERFORD

CRYSTAL

The Mall, Waterford City

A Breathtaking

Experience

Waterford Crystal is located in the

heart of Waterford City. The guided

Factory Tour gives all visitors an upclose

and personal insight into the

centuries-old tradition of Waterford

Crystal making.

Feel the heat of the furnace

and marvel at the Craftsmen’s skills during the tour, which is

approximately 50 minutes.

Indulge your passion for the world’s most famous Crystal in the

lavish Retail Store housing the largest collection of Waterford

Crystal found worldwide. See the exhibition of Sporting Trophies

and Statement Pieces.

Enjoy delicious food in the Crystal Café.

House of Waterford Crystal

The Mall, Waterford City

X91 FXN4

Tel: 051-317 000

www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

Open:

Open Year-Round. Tours and Times

online

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Coffee shop, factory tour and crystal

retail store

Parking: Nearby

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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WATERFORD

MOUNT CONGREVE

GARDENS

Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford

Meander the 70 acres of spectacularly designed gardens, with

16kms of walking trails throughout the woodland gardens,

including a 4-acre walled garden with a vegetable garden in

continual use for over 250 years. Hidden treasures include a

Chinese pagoda, water features and many exotic plants from all

over the globe. Described as ‘A Great Garden of the World’ Mount

Congreve boasts one of the largest private collections of plants in

the world. Pre-book at www.mountcongreve.com

Mount Congreve Gardens

Mount Congreve Estate,

Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford

X91 PX05

Tel: 051-384 115

www.mountcongreve.com

Open:

Jul & Aug - Open Tues to Sun

Rest of the year - Thurs to Sun

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Garden shop on-site.

Dairy café with indoor and

outdoor seating available

Parking:

On-site

WATERFORD SUIR

VALLEY RAILWAY

Kilmeadan,

Co. Waterford

WATERFORD

GREENWAY BIKE

HIRE AND VISITOR

CENTRE

Kilmacthomas,

Co. Waterford

Waterford’s

Blue Plaques

Board the train at Kilmeadan

Station, hear the whistle blow

and take off on an exciting

journey. Take in panoramic views

of the River Suir, glimpse into

Mount Congreve Gardens, make

a wish as you pass through the

Fairy Wood, and continue onto

Carriganore beside Waterford

Greenway. The journey lasts

40 to 50 minutes. Enclosed

seating and open carriages

available. Suitable for all ages

and wheelchair accessible.

Refreshments are available in

the café. Check the website for

details.

www.wsvrailway.ie

The Greenway is 46km long from

Dungarvan to Waterford, taking

about 5 hours to include time for

lunch in Kilmacthomas Village or

Coach House Coffee, which is

2 hours from Dungarvan Town,

and 2 hours from Waterford

City. 10km from Dungarvan,

you will find O’Mahoney’s Pub-

Durrow, which is after Ballyvoyle

Tunnell (Coffee/Toilet Facilities).

10km from Waterford, you will

find Mount Congreve House

& Gardens, and Kilmeaden

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway,

(Coffee/Toilet Facilities).

waterfordgreenwaybikehire.com

In Waterford, watch out for

the Blue Plaques.

There are over 40 around the

City, connecting places with

famous people or events.

Together, they give insights

into Waterford’s rich and

diverse heritage through

centuries.

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WATERFORD

LISMORE HERITAGE

CENTRE

Lismore, Co. Waterford

Small town with huge community spirit

Lismore Heritage Centre is at the heart of the community in this

beautiful historic West Waterford Town. Outdoor themed town

tours will bring you on a journey of discovery through the lush

green landscape, and your local guide will regale you with stories

of Monks, Vikings, Normans, Lords and Lady’s and Hollywood

Stars. Walking tours available to suit all visitors. Try a family

fun pack and work together to learn the secrets of the town.

Immerse yourself in a Virtual Reality experience and see inside

the magnificent privately owned Lismore Castle and meet the

characters who shaped its history, without leaving your seat.

ROBERT BOYLE

ESCAPE ROOM

Lismore, Co Waterford

Puzzle over conundrums set for you!

In the Robert Boyle Escape Room, you and your team will have one

hour to Escape the Room and save Boyle’s Alchemy Box. Robert

Boyle, Father of Modern Chemistry was born here in Lismore

Castle. The Game: Robert Boyle has been busy trying to solve

many of the C17th science’s most puzzling questions. Boyle’s

nemesis, Falcone believes that Boyle has discovered a mysterious

ingredient that can turn base metals into gold and give humans

immortality. Can you find the Alchemy Box before Falcone gets

here in 60 minutes to search for it? Teams of 2–6 players.

Lismore Heritage Centre

Lismore, Co. Waterford

P51 TP26

Tel: 058-549 75

www.discoverlismore.com

Open:

Open Year-Round

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Heritage Centre and Tourist

Information Point

Free WiFi

Parking:

On-site

Robert Boyle Escape Room

Lismore Heritage Centre,

Lismore, Co. Waterford

P51 TP26

Tel: 058-549 75

www.discoverlismore.com

Open:

Open Year-Round.

See website for details

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Heritage Centre and Tourist

Information Point

Free WiFi

Parking:

On-site

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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WATERFORD

LAFCADIO HEARN

JAPANESE GARDENS

Tramore, Co. Waterford

Ireland’s bridge to Japan

Discover the story of Lafcadio Hearn through eleven unique

garden areas. These Authentic Japanese Gardens are in the

beautiful seaside town of Tramore. The gardens reflect the life

and wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo),

who grew up in Ireland, and embraced several parts of the world.

Follow Lafcadio Hearn’s life journey through 11 unique garden

areas which feature many Japanese plants and architectural

features. Children can enjoy the children’s discovery and fairy

trail, secret pathways, woodlands and Japanese folklore and

fairytales.

DUNGARVAN CASTLE

Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Journey back through time

Dungarvan Castle, built at the mouth of the River Colligan, is an

Anglo-Norman fortification founded in 1185. From here, soldiers

could command the narrow strip of land to the south of the

Comeragh Mountains. The castle consists of a polygonal shell

keep with an enclosing curtain wall, a corner tower and a gate

tower. The polygonal shell keep – a rare building type in Ireland –

is the earliest structure on the site.

The barracks is now restored and houses an informative

exhibition on the history of the castle.

Lafcadio Hearn

Japanese Gardens

Tramore, Co. Waterford

X91 DE48

Tel: 087-096 0013

www.lafcadiohearngardens.com

Open:

Open Daily, Year-Round (weather

permitting).

Admission:

Entry Free

Information:

Outdoor tea/coffee available.

Accessible toilet. Children’s

discovery and fairy trail

Parking:

Nearby

Dungarvan Castle

Castle Street, Dungarvan,

Co. Waterford

X35 DV58

Tel: 058-481 44

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

Guided tours available.

Wheelchair accessible

Audio Visual show

Parking: Nearby

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WATERFORD

CRIOSTAL NA RINNE

IRISH CRYSTAL STUDIO

& CRAFT SHOP

An Rinn, Dungarvan,

Co. Waterford

Experience behind-the-scenes access

with master craftsman Eamonn

Terry, creating hand cut crystal in the

Waterford Gaeltacht. Marvel at the

skill of the glasscutter during a free

demonstration in the workshop. Enjoy

fascinating historic stories of local

glassmaking from the 16th century

to the present day. The designs are

stories made physical. More than just

useful objects, they create meaningful

connection with Ireland’s rich culture,

history, nature and language.

Criostal na Rinne

Baile na nGall Beag

An Rinn, Dungarvan,

Co. Waterford X35 NH28

Tel: 058-461 74

www.criostal.com

Open:

Open Daily, Mar to Sept. Oct to

Feb weekends by appointment

Admission:

Entry Free

Information:

Free WiFi, tax-free shopping,

worldwide shipping

Parking: On-site

GAELTACHT

NA NDÉISE

The word ‘Gaeltacht’ refers

to an area where the Irish

language is still spoken as the

main community language.

Scenic Gaeltacht na nDéise is

located between the two vibrant

coastal towns of Dungarvan and

Ardmore. The region promotes

the irish language, culture,

traditions, music and dance. Visit

the website for more information

on this spectacular region.

www.deise.ie

ARDMORE OPEN

FARM & MINI ZOO

Ardmore, Co. Waterford

Walk with the animals

A family attraction like no other, with a wide range of exotic and

rare breed animals, as well as a host of reptiles. Visitors are given

the opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide range of

exotic and farm animals. Dedicated petting times and informative

talks. Playgrounds, zipline, soccer pitch, karting, climbing

pyramid and maze. Luxurious glamping pod facility available. Full

restaurant facilities are available with a wide variety of hot meals

and home baked goods on offer.

Ardmore Open Farm

& Mini Zoo

Ballykilmurry, Ardmore,

Co .Waterford

P36 RH66

Tel: 024-876 00

www.ardmoreopenfarm.ie

Open:

Summer months - Open Daily

Off-Season - See website

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

School tours and birthday parties

welcomed

Parking:

On-site

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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WATERFORD

CURRAGHMORE HOUSE

Portlaw, Co. Waterford

Curraghmore House in Waterford is

the historic home of the 9th Marquis

of Waterford. His ancestors (the

de la Poers) came to Ireland from

Normandy after a 100-year stopover

in Wales around 1170. 2,500 acres of

gardens, woodland and fields make it

the largest private demesne in Ireland.

It features one of the tallest trees in

Ireland, the oldest bridge in Ireland

dating back to 1205, twelve miles

of famine relief boundary walls, and

an original castle tower. Group tours

available by appointment.

Curraghmore House

Curraghmore, Portlaw,

Co. Waterford

X91 CH28

Office Tel: 051-387 101

Bookings Tel: 086-821 1917

www.curraghmorehouse.ie

Open:

See website for Open Times

and Tours

Admission:

Rates Apply

Parking:

On-site

Essential

Travel Advice

and Tips

OPEN!

Booking

Required

Stay Safe

Right now, these are

not normal times.

Please read our

Essential Travel Advice and

Tips to make the most of

this guide and your trip.

See page 6

WATERFORD FOR WONDERFUL GARDENS

Waterford has some great gardens for you to enjoy. Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden;

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Tramore; and Curraghmore House and Gardens,

Portlaw, all feature in this guide. Check them out!

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TIPPERARY

MITCHELSTOWN

CAVE

Cahir, Co. Tipperary

One of

Europe’s major

showcaves

Mitchelstown Cave is one of

the largest and most complex

cave systems in Ireland. Entry

to the cave is by guided tour,

with a minimum of 2 adults

required. On this tour, you

will explore half a mile of

this world-famous cave. Visit

massive caverns with stalactites,

stalagmites and huge calcite

pillars.

On May 3rd 1833, the caves were discovered by Michael

Condon who was quarrying limestone when he accidentally

dropped his crowbar into a crevice. He pulled out some rocks

to retrieve it and found a vast series of underground passages,

chambers and caverns.

Mitchelstown Cave

Burncourt, Cahir,

Co. Tipperary

E21 H920

Tel: 052-746 7246

www.mitchelstowncave.com

Open:

Open Daily, Feb to Nov.

Weekends only Dec & Jan

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

On-site toilet facilities

Parking:

On-site

THE MAIN GUARD

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Take a journey through the decades

The Main Guard is one of the oldest surviving civic buildings, and

one of the earliest examples of classical public architecture in

Ireland. The dramatic landmark was built by James Butler, Duke

of Ormond, in 1675 as the courthouse for the Palatinate of County

Tipperary.

In 1715, the Palatinate jurisdiction was extinguished. In about

1810, the ground floor, a loggia of open arches, was converted

into shops, a basement excavated and more floors inserted.

It has been recently restored to its original form. Inside visitors can

enjoy two impressive exhibitions.

The Main Guard

Sarsfield Street, Clonmel,

Co. Tipperary

E91 P7Y8

Tel: 052-612 7484

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

Interpretive exhibit. Guided tours

available. Gift Shop onsite

Parking:

Nearby

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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TIPPERARY

SWISS COTTAGE

Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Step back in time

A delightful “cottage orné” built in the early 1800s by Richard

Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall to a design by the famous Regency

architect John Nash. The cottage was inspired by nature, and its

features include a distinctive thatched roof and woodwork that

resembles branched trees.

The nature theme continues throughout the cottage with a

graceful spiral staircase and elegantly decorated rooms.

The wallpaper in the Salon manufactured by the Dufour factory

is one of the first commercially produced Parisian wallpapers.

Situated on an elevated site with access by stone steps.

Swiss Cottage

Ardfinnan Road, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

E21 T224

Tel: 052-744 1144

www.heritageireland.ie

Open:

See website for details

Admission:

Free entry for 2021

Information:

Admission by guided tour only.

Delays may be experienced in high

season

Parking:

Nearby

TIPPERARY MUSEUM

OF HIDDEN HISTORY

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Come see for yourself!

Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is a state-of-the-art visitor

experience. Completely reimagined and redesigned, the new

Museum brings Tipperary’s rich hidden history vividly to life

through characters, stories and collection pieces. Immerse

yourself in stories of castles, conquests, courage, superstition,

murder, and death. Explore tales of two worlds, from rural life in

19th century Tipperary to the Big Houses on the Suir Valley. Come

face to face with Oliver Cromwell. Learn about Tipperary heroes.

This is a must-see on your journey into Ireland’s Ancient East.

Tipperary Museum of

HIdden History

Mick Delahunty Square,

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

E91 Y891

Tel: 076-106 5252

www.hiddenhistory.ie

Open:

Tues-Sat, Year-Round

Admission:

Entry Free

Information:

Experience Clonmel’s boutiques,

cafés and restaurants all within a

short walk of the museum

Parking:

Nearby

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CORK

CORK IS FAB FOR FOODIES

No matter what part of Cork you visit, you are sure to find fabulous Bistros, Cafés and

Restaurants serving the freshest of fresh foods, creatively prepared and presented. There

are also tours and trails you can book, and one not to miss is the Jameson Distillery

Midleton Tour – it is a wonderful experience.

SPIKE ISLAND

Cobh, Co. Cork

Former fortress and once the

world’s largest prison

Discover Captains and Convicts and Sinners and Saints at

Ireland’s prison island - one of Europe’s top attractions. Having

over 1300 years of rich Irish history, Spike Island was once home

to a 7th-century monastery, a fortress built to defend an empire,

and an 1850’s island prison that was once the largest in the

world. Today, the island can be visited by a short and scenic ferry

ride from beautiful Cobh. Visitors can take the guided tour, use an

audioguide, or self-guide the island’s 104 acres using the FREE

map and app.

Spike Island

Kennedy Pier, Cobh, Co. Cork

SatNav: 51.8498, -8.2943

Tel: 021-237 3455

www.spikeislandcork.ie

Open:

See website for sailing times. Open

7 days Apr to Oct. Weekends and

school hols Feb/Mar & Nov. Prebooked

groups can visit 363 days

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Café and Gift Shop on-site, activities

for kids, suitable for all ages,

requires some walking

Parking: Nearby

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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CORK

JAMESON

DISTILLERY

MIDLETON

Midleton, Co. Cork

A World of Whiskey

awaits at Jameson Distillery

Midleton

Jameson Distillery Midleton

Distillery Walk,

Midleton, Co. Cork

P25 Y394

Tel: 021-461 3594

www.jamesonwhiskey.com

Open:

Open Daily.

For daily tour times,

see website.

Pre-booking necessary

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Public bus available from Cork City

Parking:

On-site

Today, every drop of Jameson is produced in Midleton.

It’s the place of whiskey-making dreams, where a true Irish

welcome awaits. You are invited to take one of the fully

guided tours around the amazing heritage grounds. It’s

here you’ll come face-to-face with the largest pot still in the

world, see the micro-distillery in action, experience the live

maturation warehouse and taste Jameson whiskeys along

the way.

Fully guided experiences include the ‘Jameson Experience

Tour’ which brings you through the original distillery

buildings and concludes with a Jameson signature drink.

To make your time at the distillery even more memorable,

why not add a ‘Premium Whiskey Tasting’ or ‘Cask Opening’

experience to your tour. For those who want to go deeper, a

great option is the extended ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour, during

which you’ll discover hidden gems behind closed doors.

With several fully immersive experiences on offer, there is

something for everyone who wishes to learn more about

Ireland’s world-famous spirit.

With so many things to do, taste and learn there really is no

time like the present to explore the past.

A NEW FOOD

OFFERING

This summer, Fred’s Food Truck will be parked up at

Jameson Distillery Midleton offering drinks, gourmet

sambos and small bites every day from 09:00

to17:30h.

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CORK

YOUGHAL

HERITAGE

TOURS

Youghal, Co. Cork

Visit Youghal’s

medieval treasures

Youghal Heritage Tours

Youghal, Co. Cork

P36 FR96

Tel: 024-207 69

www.youghalclockgate.ie

Open:

St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Open

Year-Round. Youghal Clock Gate Tower

Open Mar to Nov

Admission:

Rates Apply

Information:

Access to Medieval Gardens adjacent

to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church

Parking:

Nearby

Youghal Clock Gate Tower

As the most visible landmark in Youghal Main Street, the

tower has been linked with the surrounding landscape and

community across more than 700 years of history. Visitors

can move through the inner stairs of the four-storey, 89

feet/24 metres high tower to learn about its diverse past

as a local time-keeper, gaol and centre of trade. Insights

into the McGrath family are shared by John McGrath who

explains what life was like for his parents, brother and sisters

who were the last residents of the tower. From the 5th floor,

marvel at the 360-degree views over Youghal Bay.

St. Mary’s Collegiate Church

Experience the new exhibition ‘Voices of St. Mary’s which is

an audio tour like no other. Share the emotional reunion of

the Roe family as they amble through St. Mary’s and reveal

family memories – at times amusing, at times poignant.

Discover graphic displays illustrating a

timeline from 1220 to today. The interactive

displays show you the exciting excavation

and the discoveries unearthed during the

Church’s archaeological dig of 2014. Create

memories by weaving a thread in the Visitor

Rug. Guided tours also available.

View Video

INCLUDING…

YOUGHAL ECO

BOARDWALK

Youghal Eco-Boardwalk is a 1.9km hardwood

panelled beach walkway, stretching from Front

Strand Beach to Red Barn Blue Flag Beach. It is

disability-access friendly with interspersed seating

along the route, making it ideal for wheelchair users

and child buggies. This wonderful amenity is the

perfect place to take one’s daily constitutional,

getting plenty of fresh sea air!

Open dates, times, and operational details, are subject to change.

IMPORTANT:

See our Essential Travel Advice and Tips on page 6.

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IRELAND’S SOUTH EAST

Special Discoveries in the South East

Family Fun Activities

Ireland’s South East has fantastic family-fun activities.

We highlight just some of the activities for you to choose from during your trip.

BUNMAHON PLAYGROUND

Bunmahon, Co. Waterford

SatNav: 52.1392, -7.3684

Keep the little ones

entertained as you

travel the Scenic

Copper Coast Driving

Route from Dungarvan

to Tramore. This

playground is located

close to the beach and

is the ideal location for a

fun filled hour or two!

COPPER COAST

SCENIC DRIVE

Co. Waterford

The Copper Coast drive

winds its way along the

coast between Tramore

and Dungarvan. Marvel

at the secret beaches

and hidden coves, the

perfect backdrop to

your family picnic.

www.visitwaterford.com

www.visitwaterford.com

DUNMORE ADVENTURE

The Harbour,

Dunmore East,

Co. Waterford

X91 KD40

Tel: 051-383 783

SatNav: 52.1489, -6.9928

Land and water

activities for families,

friends, groups and

individuals. Aquapark,

Kayaking, Team

Building, Sailing, SUP, Archery, Climbing,

Caving, Café onsite. Prebooking is essential.

www.dunmoreadventure.com

SEAL RESCUE IRELAND

Courtown Harbour,

Gorey, Co. Wexford

Y25 TP93

Tel: 053-942 4980

/087-195 5393

SatNav: 52.6492, -6.2284

Seal Rescue Ireland’s

visitor centre and

animal hospital are

open 7 days a week.

Come meet the seal

pups, learn their stories, and get involved in

marine conservation!

www.sealrescueireland.org

GÁIRDÍN AN GHORTA

(THE FAMINE GARDEN)

Newmarket, Co. Kilkenny

R95 NP40

Tel: 086-839 4349

SatNav: 52.4744, -7.2627

A garden

commemorating the

Great Famine, which

saw one million Irish

people die and another

million emigrate. The path through the garden is

a metaphor for Irish history and is synonymous

with the journey of the Irish people.

www.discoverireland.ie

WEXFORD WILDFOWL

RESERVE

North Slob, Ardcavan

Co. Wexford

Tel: 076-100 2660

SatNav: 52.3570, -6.4222

Immerse yourself in the

un-spoilt beauty of this

wildfowl reserve. The

resident wildlife can be

viewed from an 8m tall

observation tower. The

on-site visitor centre hosts exhibitions and an

audio-visual show.

www.wexfordwildfowlreserve.ie

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IRELAND’S

SOUTH EAST

A–Z INDEX

Ref Attraction

Page

41 Ardmore Open Farm & Mini Zoo............................ 27

24 Ballyhack Castle.................................................... 17

Blue Flag Beaches ............................................... 21

8 BoatTrips.ie........................................................... 10

12 Carlow College, St. Patrick’s .................................. 12

10 Carlow County Museum........................................ 11

39 Criostal na Rinne................................................... 27

42 Curraghmore House.............................................. 28

13 Duckett’s Grove..................................................... 12

38 Dungarvan Castle.................................................. 26

4 Dunmore Cave........................................................ 8

17 Enniscorthy Castle................................................. 14

23 Ferns Castle........................................................... 17

40 Gaeltacht na Deise................................................ 27

27 Hook Lighthouse .................................................. 20

31 House of Waterford Crystal................................... 23

14 Huntington Castle................................................. 12

15 Irish National Heritage Park.................................. 13

48 Jameson Distillery Midleton................................. 32

6 Jerpoint Abbey........................................................ 9

22 Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens....... 16

20 Kia Ora Mini Farm................................................. 15

1 Kilkenny Castle....................................................... 7

2 Kilkenny Famine Experience................................... 7

30 King of the Vikings................................................ 23

Ref Attraction

Page

37 Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens......................... 26

35 Lismore Heritage Centre....................................... 25

43 Mitchelstown Cave................................................ 29

32 Mount Congreve Gardens..................................... 24

28 New Ross Heritage Town....................................... 20

5 Nicholas Mosse ...................................................... 9

21 Pirates Cove.......................................................... 16

16 Rebellion at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre .14

36 Robert Boyle Escape Room.................................... 25

18 Secret Valley Wildlife Park..................................... 15

47 Spike Island.......................................................... 31

3 St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower...................... 8

7 St. Mary’s Church................................................... 10

45 Swiss Cottage........................................................ 30

11 The Chocolate Garden of Ireland........................... 11

44 The Main Guard..................................................... 29

25 Tintern Abbey........................................................ 18

46 Tipperary Museum of Hidden History................... 30

9 VISUAL .................................................................. 11

26 Walk the Tintern Abbey Trails ................................ 19

34 Waterford Greenway Bike Hire.............................. 24

33 Waterford Suir Valley Railway............................... 24

29 Waterford Treasures.............................................. 22

19 Wells House & Gardens......................................... 15

49 Youghal Heritage Tours......................................... 33

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