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Planning A Staycation? Here’s Why You Should Visit… Wexford!

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…

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!

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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.

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Attractions

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.

Adventure lovers should check out Wexford Kayak Safari, which is suitable for all levels of experience, while Wexford Arts Centre is home to a busy calendar of events throughout the year.

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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.

Other favourites include The Yard, The Silver Fox and Mary Barry’s Bar for a great feed and some live music.

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