It’s great to escape for a few days but the hassle of flying (especially with children) can leave you more exhausted than when you started.
We’re so lucky in Ireland to have a host of amazing staycation options right on our doorstep and in a new series, we’ll be looking at different destinations and what they have to offer.
This week, it’s Wexford!
How to get there
Wexford is a 1h and 55min drive from Dublin via the M11 and R741. If you want to leave the car at home, Irish Rail operates a service between Dublin’s Connolly Station and O’Hanrahan Station in Wexford (2 hrs 20mins, tickets from €17.99 one-way). Wexford Bus and Bus Éireann also operate buses from various points in Dublin City.
Where to stay
Clayton Whites Hotel is a four-star hotel that is located in the heart of Wexford Town, with a 20-metre swimming pool and luxurious Tranquility Spa. The Talbot Hotel Wexford is another four-star option, with stunning sea view rooms and the gorgeous Oyster Lane Restaurant.
The Ferrycarrig Hotel is a little farther out of town but definitely worth the extra distance for those stunning views of River Slaney Estuary.
Kilmore Quay and the Saltee Island are steeped in maritime history with quaint thatched cottages, a children’s playground and playful seals to be spotted in the harbour. The kids will love Blackwater Open Farm, which features a bouncing castle and go-kart racing, while Curracloe Beach is the perfect spot for a picnic on a sunny day.
Where to eat
While in Wexford, make sure to enjoy a seafood feast at La Cote with dishes ranging from local fish bouillabaise to grilled special of the day. Cistin Eile, run by chef Warren Gillen, offers a tempting menu based around traditional Irish ingredients.