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Planning a short break to Wexford? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Wexford. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Wexford. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Wexford County Museum

The museum is located on Castle Hill and is housed within the walls of the Enniscorthy Castle. The castle is believed to have been built in the 13th century. The museum contains interesting collections of displays featuring maritime, folk, agricultural and military traditions.

Highlights include displays such as an Irish farm kitchen, transport and nautical memorabilia.

The museum is open daily from 10am - 6pm and admission cost is $5.20 for adults,$4 for seniors and students and $1.15 for children.

Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition

The museum is located on Bridgetown Road. It is housed in historical farm buildings and contains displays of rural transport, dairying, Irish crafts and traditional Irish furniture. The museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens, which consists of an entire area of 20 hectares. The garden features three beautiful lakes, over 200 different kinds of trees and a magnificent picnic area.

The garden is open daily from 9am - 5:30pm and admission cost is $2.30 for adults and 60c for children.

Riverside Park Hotel

The hotel is situated on the gorgeous green banks of the River Suir. The interior of the hotel is elegantly decorated, ensuring a classy yet comfortable atmosphere. The hotel features 60 ensuite bedrooms, a lovely restaurant & bar and an entertainment lounge. The hotel also features the most beautiful gardens, which create a lovely atmosphere of relaxation.

All the rooms are equipped with full bathrooms, a direct dial telephone, a TV, as well as single & double beds in all the standard rooms. For more information visit www.riversideparkhotel.com/

Hook Lighthouse

The lighthouse is located on Hook Head. It was built during the 13th century and boasts as one of the oldest lighthouses which is still in operation in the world. It was built solely of local limestone and soars into the sky at a height of 36.6m. Once you have climbed the 115 steps of the mural stairway, you will be blessed with the most magnificent views of the area. There is also a lovely Lighthouse cafe where you can quench your thirst and a craft shop to purchase souvenirs.

Irish National Heritage Park

The National Park consists of 35 acres of more than 900 years of Irish history. The history is conveyed through educational displays of settings such as a riverbank, a woodland and native Irish dwellings. The park offers a truly unique experience, allowing adults as well as children the opportunity to experience Irish heritage. The park is also equipped with a gift shop, selling local Irish souvenirs and a lovely restaurant. Here guests can indulge in delicious home cooked meals and traditional Irish specialties.

The park is open from March - October, daily from 9:30am - 6:30pm. Admission cost is $8.05 for Adults, $6.30 for Seniors & Students, $4.60 for Youths aged 13-16 and $4 for children aged 4-12.

National 1798 Rebellion Centre

The visiting centre is located near the Enniscorthy Castle on Millpark road. The centre is dedicated to the rebellion which took place in 1798, as well as its aftermath. It is particularly aimed at giving its guests insight into the birth of democracy in Ireland, by means of audiovisual displays, artifacts and computers. The centre also has a lovely cafe and a gift shop.

The centre is open Mon - Sat from 9:30am - 6pm and Sun 11am - 6pm. Admission cost is $6.90 for Adults and $4 for Seniors and Students.

Westgate Heritage Centre

The centre is located in the town of Wexford. It consists of a tower and a heritage museum which was built in the 13th century by Sir Stephen Devereux. The centre offers a great selection of displays and a 30 minute audiovisual display of the history of Wexford town. The centre has a coffee dock, where guests can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere combined with a lovely cup of tea and coffee, whilst reflecting upon the insight gained regarding the history of the town.

The centre is open Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm and Sat - Sun 12pm - 6pm. Admission cost for the show is $2.30 for Adults and $1.15 for Students and Children.

John F. Kennedy Arboretum

The arboretum is located off Duncannon road. It consists of a 600 acre arboretum, which is dedicated to the memory of John F Kennedy. It overlooks a thatched cottage which was the birthplace of JFK's great-grandfather and was constructed in 1968. It contains a collection of more than 4500 different plant species ranging from 5 different continents. Available for entertainment is a play area for kids with a miniature railway and a lovely picnic area.

Admission cost is $3.15 for Adults, $2.30 for Seniors and $1.40 for Students and Children.

Forde's Restaurant

The restaurant is located on The Crescent. It has become the most popular restaurant in the town, partly due to the fact that it is situated right on the waterfront - offering spectacular views of the bay. The restaurant features a classy, yet comfortable dining room and a very long menu, as well as a delicious dose of bistro classics. Their specialities include dishes such as Dublin Bay prawns served with a garlic sauce, crabmeat served with fresh ginger and basil and a very tasty sirloin steak which is served with garlic sauce.

The restaurant is open daily from 6pm - 10:30pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 053/23832.

Mange2

The restaurant is located on 100 S. Main Street and serves the most delicious French cuisine topped with an International twist. The restaurant features a large menu consisting of very interesting dishes.

It also boasts a lovely selection of fine wines. One of their particular speciality dishes is roasted red pepper and fennel samosa which is served with baby beets and a delicious yogurt dressing and as desert a baked passion-fruit ricotta cake which is served with orange ice cream.

The restaurant is open daily from 6pm - 10:30pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 053/44033.

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