Carrig House is situated perfectly to explore from. Some of the attractions are: Hook Head and Hook Lighthouse, Loftus Hall (Irelands Oldest Haunted House), The Dunbrody Famine Ship can be seen in New Ross, Dunbrody Abbey and The Maze, Ballyhack, Tintern Abbey, Duncannon Fort and the numerous activities that take place on the beach, Kilmore Quay, Johnstown Castle, Wexford Town, Coast Drive from Wexford Town to Courtown – and there is so much more!
We are more than happy to provide details of any other activities that might interest our guests – simply ask!
For a complete list of what’s on in Wexford in 2015, check out the sites listed below. Also Please see the following pdf files for events for 2015.

Wexford Festival Guide 2015: VisitWexford-Wexford-Festival-Guide-2015
A guide to Wexford: VisitWexford-A-Guide-to-Wexford-2015

For a timetable of local bus routes please see the following pdf from Wexford Locallink: Timetable June 2015

Loftus Hall - The world famous haunted mansion.
Loftus Hall:


Come and experience the haunting beauty of the Hook Peninsula provides the backdrop for Loftus Hall… the most haunted house in Ireland. Visit Loftus Hall and take our 45 minute interactive guided tour through the ground floor of this abandoned haunted mansion. Hear all about the grim, and often gruesome, history; and get the chance to experience “The Legend of Loftus Hall”. Facilities at Loftus Hall include: Parking Cafe Gift Shop Wheelchair Accessible Toilets Free WiFi Private Beach Fairy Door Trail within the walled gardens Courtyard (Please see website for specific tour time information.)

Wells House & Garden
Wells House & Gardens

wellshouseandgardensWaiting to be explored is Wells House & Gardens, a Great Victorian House and Gardens in the heart of Wexford. Wells House has something for all generations to enjoy and share! This Daniel Robertson designed house boasts a history of over 300 years built in the late 1600s and remodelled in the 1830s by Robertson, Wells House & Gardens offers something for all generations to enjoy! With a woodland walk, living house tour, caft courtyard, terrace gardens, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, adventure playground, restaurant and Irish Wildlife Santctuary, we offer a complete day out along with our jam packed diary of events – visit our website for more details! Wells House & Gardens – A great house & garden, a grand adventure for all. Wells House & Gardens is only 70 minutes from Waterford and Kilkenny Cities.

Dunbrody Famine Ship
The Dunbrody Famine Ship:


The Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience is a spectacular feature of the New Ross quayside. Moored on the bank of the River Barrow this award winning and world unique tourist attraction allows visitors to take a trip with a difference by travelling in time. From the moment of departing on a tour the visitor is transported back to the 1840s and given a personal sense of the sadness and excitement felt by the famine emigrants setting sail for a new life and leaving behind poverty and despair. Explore the spectacular Dunbrody Famine Ship above and below deck, step back in time as costumed performers set the scene for a journey that transformed the lives of thousands and be immersed in the sights and sounds of a real life famine ship. The glass fronted exhibition centre houses a restaurant and café which offers panoramic river views and overlooks the Dunbrody Famine Ship. The Dunbrody Famine Ship is just a 25 minute drive from Waterford City and is less than 45 minutes from Kilkenny City.

Dunbrody Famine Ship is open 7 days a week 9.00 to 6.00pm, Last tour 5pm (Summer Opening Hours).

Telephone: +353 (0)51 425239  Fax: +353 (0)51 425240  Email:

Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

Hook Head Light House & Visitor Centre
Hook Head Lighthouse and Visitor Centre:


Hook Lighthouse is at the tip of the Hook Peninsula, Lonely Planet describes it as one of the top 14 attractions in Ireland. The centre offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower, one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse is a 13th Century Norman structure, built by the Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, culminating with the spectacular view from the balcony. Relax by the sea and keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and even whales.

In clear weather, you can see for miles, and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!

Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey:


A Cistercian abbey founded by William the Earl Marshall in 1200 and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of 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 the 1960’s.

JFK Homestead
JFK Homestead:


About The Kennedy Homestead
The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants.

The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind” and plays a vital part in the continued preservation of the Kennedy legacy in Ireland.

Patrick GrennanThe curators of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre, using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretative exhibit which explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in1848 and pieces together the story of the most famous Irish–American family through the 20th century to the present day.

The Kennedy family legacy is an integral part of daily life in Co. Wexford. Facilities at the Homestead include a unique collection of Kennedy memorabilia, audio-visual display, souvenir shop, picnic area, wheelchair access and extensive car and coach parking facilities.

Adults: €7.50
Seniors: €6.50
Students: €5.00
Family (2 adults plus 3 Children): €20.00
Group rate: on request

We will be available for tours by appointment during this time, just call us on 051 425239

JFK Arboretum
JFK Arboretum:


John F. Kennedy Arboretum is dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America until his assassination on 22nd November 1963. It consists of 622 acres including 4,500 types of trees and shrubs, 200 forest plots, rhododendrons and dwarf conifers. We offer exhibitions, guided tours, signposted walks, lake, cafe & miniature railway (seasonal), pony & trap service, there is also a playground and picnic area.

Garden Information
New Ross, Co. Wexford

051 388171



Bill Hurley (Manager), Louise O’Brien, Mairead Cairbre

Opening Hours:
October – March: 10.00 – 17.00;
April: 10.00 – 18.30;
May – August: 10.00 – 20.00;
September: 10.00 – 18.30.

Ross Tapestry
Ross Tapestry:


Initiated in 1998, the tapestries will have taken ten years to complete before being installed in a suitable setting where they will remain on permanent public display.
The appeal of embroidery has always been it’s beguiling attention to detail. This is at the heart of the making of the Ros Tapestry. The embroiderers, the workers of magic, sit at a long frame and stitch the details of landscape – distant hills, rippling water and rough foregrounds using French and bullion knots, satin and chain stitch. Folds of dress fabric are done in couching skilfully adapted to effect the complicated pleats. Faces are done in smooth long and short stitch.
Teams of embroiderers gather throughout the county of Wexford and nearby Kilkenny to interpret the fifteen cartoons researched in depth and painted by Ann Griffin Bernstorff.
Where possible the panels are embroidered at venues which are associated with the historical content of the cartoon. For example, “The Siege of Wexford” was stitched at the Irish National Heritage Centre, at Ferrycarrig just outside Wexford Town.
The hours of stitching fit into the lives of people who farm, nurse, teach and look after families amongst other professions. Their contribution to the craft skills of the country and to contemporary visual culture is enormous.

The Quay, New Ross, Co. Wexford, directly across from The John F Kennedy Memorial Statue.
On the Quay opposite Dunbrody Emigrant Ship in the direction of Wexford
All Year
Open Times:
May – Sep: 10.00 – 17.00 Daily
Oct – Apr: 10.00 – 17.00 Mon – Sat
Guided Tours available in English. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 35
Booking Contact:
Mary Keenan
Mary Keenan
Average Visit Length:
40 minutes
Entrance Fees:
Adult: €6, Student/Child: €4, Senior: €5, Family: €16
Group Rates: Adult/Senior: €4.50, Student/Child: €3
Audio Visual:
Yes; Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity: 30, Languages: English
Permanent display of fifteen magnificent hand-embroidered tapestry panels in exclusive exhibition space. Live demonstration of panel under production
Picnic Area:
Information Guide:
Yes, available in English, Irish & 9 other languages. Please inquire on location
Coach Parking:
Group Booking Necessary:
Car Parking:
Disabled Access/Parking:

Johnstown Castle
Johnstown Castle:


The grounds at Johnstown Castle Gardens contain a wide variety of trees and shrubs representing the best aspects of a formal and wild garden.

The grounds are greatly enhanced by two lakes with folly towers and are populated with a range of waterfowl. Pleasant pathways meander through the pleasure grounds they are superbly presented to the visitor.

Frequently there are glimpses of the castle shimmering in the waters of the lake from extensive walks in tranquil, tree dotted, pleasure grounds.
In the old world former farmyard is the extensive and well laid out Irish Agricultural Museum.

In July and August a small café here provides teas. The grounds also have a large and well-equipped picnic area.

Additional Features

Is a member of the Wexford Garden Trail : An exploration of Wexford’s beautiful and historic gardens – follow the trail. Our larger public gardens provide an ideal outing for all the family; our smaller private gardens will give visitors an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon. Our Award winning Garden Centres will provide for all your garden needs.

Direction : The Johnstown Castle estate is 4 miles (6km) south west of Wexford town. When coming from Dublin (via N11), Cork (N25) or Rosslare, take the Wexford-Rosslare bypass (N25) to the T-Junction signposted with major signs for Johnstown Castle.

Admission Prices
Johnstown Castle Gardens & Irish Agricultural Museum Combined Tickets 2012 Adult €8.00 OAP / Group €6.00 Child / Student €4.00 Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) €24.00 Season Ticket – individual €30.00 Season Ticket – joint €40.00 Season Ticket – family (2 adults and up to 4 children) €50.00 Wedding Parties for photograph €50.00