County Wexford Is Open for Tourism

Sisters Ellie and Leilah Lopes, aged 6 and 9 from Enniscorthy, pictured having some fun on Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford  as Visit Wexford launches a campaign to encourage holidaymakers to fall back in love with the Irish Summer in Wexford.

Visit Wexford in partnership with Wexford County Council and the hospitality and tourism industry across the county have created a summer and autumn campaign, which focuses on creating those nostalgic fun holidays with family, partners and friends.

In line with Fáilte Ireland’s new domestic marketing campaign that was revealed last week ‘Ireland, make a break for it’, Visit Wexford is encouraging visitors to rediscover what is at our doorstep and have some fun while doing it. #TourismTogether

Taking inspiration from Lesley Gore’s worldwide music hit in 1963 ‘Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows’, Visit Wexford has designed a quirky campaign to insert some humour, nostalgia and fun into planning holidays to Wexford during this difficult time. Visit Wexford is hoping to shine a light on the adventures of the good old times touring Wexford in the sun and even sporadic Irish hot summer rain, and help visitors share and create those favourite Wexford holiday memories with their loved ones. 

Enniscorthy is the second-largest town in the County

Across the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East, there are so many safe outdoor adventures to explore, see and do for families, young professionals, and the mature generation. Ireland’s sunniest destination includes over 250km of amazing coastline which harbours some of the most spectacular beaches, adventure trails, lush gardens, heritage sites, great hospitality, and of course, excellent food. 

From Castletown just north of Gorey right down to Ballyhack outside of Arthurstown, Wexford has an alluring coastline full of sandy beaches, walking and cycling trails, boat trips and kayaking adventures, and scenic picnic spots. Everyone might know about Wexford’s iconic attractions like Hook Lighthouse (Hook Head), Ireland’s National Heritage Park (Ferrycarrig, Wexford), Dunbrody Ship (New Ross), Wells House (Ballyedmond, Gorey) and Vinegar Hill (Enniscorthy).

But Wexford is dotted with some unfamiliar attractions like The Irish Experience Kayaking (Fethard-On-Sea), Kia Ora Farm (Courteencurragh, Gorey), Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle (Murntown), Oulart Hill, Wexford’s Lavender Farm (Inch, Gorey), and Wheelock’s Fruit Farm (Tomnafunshoge, Enniscorthy). 

Visit Wexford’s website has over 350 accommodations, attractions, and food and nightlife spots listed. The website features different types of accommodation, from guesthouses and hotels to mobile homes, camp sites, and self-catering, along with cafés and delis, restaurants and pubs as well as all the attractions and activities to experience and enjoy. It also has a great tool to help people plan and save their holiday itinerary and log in later to view and use while in Wexford. It also lists some great inside tips and a calendar of upcoming events to help you discover and plan your staycation. See for further details. 

Throughout the rest of the summer and into the autumn, Visit Wexford are releasing a weekly series called #TravelTuesday, which will provide people interested in holidaying in Wexford, as well as locals, with many useful Inside Tips to adventuring around the county. 

Attending the launch at Curracloe Beach on Tuesday 30 June 2020, Tony Larkin, Director of Services for Economic Development of Wexford County Council  (member of the National Tourism Recovery Sub Group),

“is delighted that Wexford County Council can support the Tourism industry to drive the economic recovery with this extremely important, well timed and creative Visit Wexford marketing campaign” 

Also Colm Neville, Chair of Visit Wexford commented:

“Wexford is ready to welcome visitors from across Ireland for their staycation holiday to the Sunny South East. We are so lucky to have such an extensive list of outdoor attractions that are spread right across County Wexford. With cycling and walking trails, stunning beaches as well as our iconic heritage and garden sites. Our tourism industry appreciates how important the safety of their Guests and Teams alike is and they have been working together with Wexford County Council, Fáilte Ireland and health & safety representatives to make sure County Wexford is adhering to the National Covid-19 Safety Charter.”

Visit Wexford would like to remind all holidaymakers to follow the national safety guidelines set by the HSE and that many attractions and hospitality spots will have pre-booking facilities in operation to manage visiting numbers. Please avoid crowded areas and respect the local community who all want you to have a safe and happy holiday in Wexford. 

All visitors to Wexford are encouraged to share their favourite holiday memories in Wexford, new and old, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram tagging @VisitWexford and using the hashtags #bestforsun #bestforfun

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