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A – Z of Activities in Wexford

To read our A – Z of activities in Wexford, just click on the plus sign (+) to the left of each letter. If you would like to read more information and see photographs you can also visit our Local Area and Gallery sections.

Arts Centre, Wexford - Provides a wide range of artistic activities all year round, including exhibitions, theatre and music. There is also an ecellent café with a wine licence. 

Angling - This area is fantastic for both sea angling and shore angling, see Local Information for more information.

Accessible - Holidays in Kilmore Cottage are accessible and cater for those with disability. See our Accessibility page for details.


Ballycross Apple Farm - This working apple farm is well worth a visit when staying at Kilmore Cottage. See Local area of our website. Free to visit, large array of animals, purchase apples & juice, visit gift shop

Ballyelland Pottery - Workshop & studio at Castlebridge, near to Wexford town, offer vibrantly coloured pottery which make excellent gifts.  

Bicycle Hire - Hire bicycles at Kilmore Quay Harbour Master’s Office 

Bird Watching - Tacumshane Lake, Saltee Islands and Our Lady’s Island Lake are featured in our Local Area section on bird watching. See also N below for Nature Reserves.

Blackwater Open Farm - Family day out to see farm animals or ride the tractors. Café. Playground. Garden Centre. 

Boolavogue Fr Murphy Centre - Visit the home of Fr John Murphy, hero of the 1798 rebellion. Café, picnic area, playground, gift shop, and storytelling experiences complete this attraction. 

Bowling -  Leisure Max lives up to its name with ten pin bowling, game zone, play center, American style diner, drive thru, indoor adventure playground, 5 a side pitch, crafts house, pets centre and beauty salon. 

Blue flag beaches - Wexford has more sunshine than any other county in Ireland. Its coastline is 200km long and within that there are 120km of sandy beaches. The blue flag is an international award for beach excellence. 


Children - Children are always welcome at Kilmore Cottage. See our Local Area section for more information on our children’s welcome and activities.

Cinema - Wexford’s all digital Omniplex has eight screens. Free on site parking. 

Country Crafts - Gift shop in Kilmore Quay stocking quality Irish crafts, giftware, collectables and paintings by local artists.

Creations Glass Studio - Annette Whelan specialises in making fused glass pieces. Each piece is from an original design, hand cut and kiln-formed. You will find lamps, bowls, clocks, mirrors, jewellery and more. 


Dunbrody Abbey - The Abbey was founded in 1170 and you will find there now the Abbey and Castle ruins, the visitor centre, café, maze and Pitch and Putt course. 

Dunbrody Emigrant Ship - Replica of an actual ship used during the 19th century to transport emigrants fleeing the Irish potato famine for the USA, an event that shaped modern day Ireland and America. Actors, audio-visual presentation café and gift shop complete the experience. 

Dunbrody House Cookery School - This school has been designed for all levels of cooks. Courses range from a variety of one day courses to a two day Dinner Party for Six course. 

Duncannon Fort - Military fort from the 16th century with art gallery, museum and café 
Eating Out - There is Marry Barry’s pub in Kilmore village, whilst in Kilmore Quay there is Kehoe’s Pub and Parlour, The Silver Fox (seafood restaurant) and Saltees Take-Away (local fish and chips). When you get here, you will discover that there are lots of great restaurants in Wexford town and nearby villages as well.
Fish Shop -  Try “A Fishy Business” in Kilmore Quay for a wide range of fresh locally caught fish and shellfish.

GAA - Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) are responsible for the unique national Irish games of Gaelic football, Hurling and Camogey. These games are played in every village in Ireland and guests to the cottages can watch team practice and matches in Kilmore’s GAA pitch. 

Gardens - There are many spectacular public gardens in Co Wexford. Three of the best known ones are Johnstown Castle, (very close to Kilmore Cottage), Kilmokea gardens and JFK Arboretum. Check out J and K entries below for more details.

Golf - There are many fantastic golf courses in Wexford. To being with, you can check out Rosslare or Wexford.  

Greyhounds - An action packed evening for all the family at the greyhound racetrack in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Races start at 8pm each Monday and Thursday night. There is a bar and catering, bookmaker and tote. 

Hook Lighthouse - One of the world’s oldest lighthouses at 800 years old, with visitor centre, gift shop and café

Irish Agricultural Museum - Explore Irish country life from the 18th century to mid 20th century by viewing the huge array of exhibits from furniture to the dairy. There is also an exhibition to deal with the Irish Famine in the 19th century. The Irish potato famine is an event which has profoundly shaped the face of modern Ireland. This museum is located in Johnstown Castle Gardens, see “J” below. Tea rooms open in summer months. 

Irish Gifts - If you fancy bringing a bit of "the auld sod" home or want to plant a bit of shamrock in the US, you can have your heart's desire from this website.

Irish National Heritage Park - Experience the adventure of 9,000 years of Irish history in this 35 acre park containing replica dwellings, places of ritual, water mill, a Ringfort and other culturally unique Irish structures dating back to the stone age. Gift shop and restaurant. 


JFK Arboretum - 252 hectares of trees and shrubs with panoramic views, maze, a lake and playground. Mini railway & tea room are seasonal. Dedicated to the memory of US President John F Kennedy, whose ancestral home is nearby.

Johnstown Castle Gardens - Fifty acres of ornamental grounds frame this beautiful 19th century castle. Only the gardens are open to the public, but these alone are well worth a visit. One way to see inside the Castle is to be lucky enough to be a wedding guest there, as it is an exclusive wedding venue. See also Local Area for more information and photographs. The gardens are also home to the Irish Agricultural Museum, see “I” above. 


Kennedy Homestead - Ancestral home of President John F Kennedy, 53rd President of United States of America. 

Kia Ora Mini Farm - Family run mini farm which is home to typically Irish farm animals as well as some more exotic ones. Picnics welcome, play area. 

Kilmokea Gardens - Public gardens with conservatory style tea-room and covered child’s play area


Leisure Centre at Kelly’s Hotel Kelly’s hotel in Rosslare has a great pool area & leisure centre which is open to non residents. Nice place to have lunch in either the restaurant or the Marine bistro.

Leisure Max - Bowling and entertainment centre, see B (Bowling) above for full details 


Maps - Map of all the activites and attractions in Wexford from Wexford County Council

Mazes - there are two mazes open to the public in Wexford, one at Dunbrody Abbey, and one at the JFK

Arboretum.Movies - Wexford’s all digital Omniplex has eight screens. Free on site parking. 


Nature Reserve - Tacumshane Lake and Ballyteigue Burrow are nature reserves local to Kilmore Cottage, (see Bird watching and walking in our Local Area section). The Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is home to 1000’s of ducks, geese, swans and waders. Open to public with bird watching hides and activities throughout the year. 

National 1798 Centre - Discover the epic and heroic tale of 1798 rebellion and its aftermath at The National 1798 centre in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. 


Open Farms - You can visit Blackwater, Kia Ora or Ballycross farms, see B, K and L above. We offer guided tours of our farm to cottage guests, just ask on arrival.

Opera Festival & Opera House - Wexford Festival Opera takes place every October since 1951. Little known operas are revived for an International audience. The Opera House is an award winning and unique purpose built venue, which plays host to music, theatre and concerts all year round, as well as to the Festival Opera itself. See Local Information.  


Paul Maloney Pottery - Full range of tableware and giftware at Master Craftsman, Paul Maloney’s studio and showrooms. 

Pirates Cove - Family day out with adventure golf, bungee trampoline, karting, bowling, fun caves, bumper boats and more. 

Quad Attack - Wet or dry, give it a try! Adventurous all-weather cross-country quad driving fun for all ages. 

Ros Tapestry - A cultural treasure handmade in the 21st century depicting the Norman arrival in Ireland in early 13th century Ireland. It took 100 embroiderers 13 years to complete this work. 

Rosslare Water Sports Centre - Rosslare Water Sports Centre, open in July & August, offers windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. 


Sailing Ireland - Based out of Kilmore Quay, Dermot Greer of Sailing Ireland offers sailing, navigation and radio courses as well as yacht charter. 

Saltee Islands - Two privately owned islands 5km off the coast at Kilmore Quay. Spectacular scenery and bird colonies complete a day trip to the Great Saltee. See local area for more details. 

Shelmalier Riding Stables - Trekking and trail riding over farmland, forest and mountain is available. There are also are cross country courses, which are designed to please the more experienced rider. Shelmalier riding stables is in Taghmon, Co Wexford. Phone +353 (0)53 9139 251 ( no website yet!).

Tintern Abbey - Tintern Abbey was a Cistercian Abbey, founded around 1200 AD. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister.
Unique - Kilmore Cottage will give you a unique and authentic Irish holiday experience. Go on – you know you want to!
Village Garden - The Village Garden in nearby Kilmore Quay offers fresh flowers, plants and giftware

Walking - For a guided coastal walk, with lunch included, check out South East Coastal walks. For walking tours of Wexford town, you can contact the Fáilte Ireland Tourist Office on Wexford Quays (Phone 053 9123 111) for details of daily tours, the tavern trail and ghost tours. See our Local Area guide for more information on Lakeside walks, nature walks and more.

Wexford Town - Great for shopping, pubs, restaurants and cultural activities. See our Local Area guide for more information.

Wildlife - See our Local Area guide for more information on local Marine Wildlife.

Windmill at Tacumshane -  this traditional windmill is featured in our Local Area section. There is a large modern windfarm at Carne, which can clearly be seen from the beach here at Seaview.

Xtra Information - Visit our blog and our Local Area Section
Yola - If you think that we are a world apart down here, you are right! A now extinct language, Yola, evolved here in the 12th century and continued to be spoken until the 19th century. This area was formerly in the “Barony of Forth and Bargy”, and was the longest primary home to Yola.. Many Yola words are still in daily usage here today, e.g. a peep is a "keek"in Yola.
Zeb - One of our donkey foals, Zeb, was so named because he had stripey legs, a bit like a zebra. It was suggested that he looked like he was wearing leg warmers… One guest liked Zeb so much that he bought Zeb as a Christmas present for his girlfriend! Check out photos of Zeb in the farm animals section of the Gallery section.

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