Being a closet yellow belly, I instinctively retire to the Wexord coast every summer… the endless beaches and things to do make it a no brainer. Plus the short travel time from Dublin, winner!
This year we stayed in Rosslare Strand, small quiet, not too far from supermarkets and with enough shops to get you through, it offers a lot. Here is a list of things that we got up to, and some that had to go on the list for next year. We stayed in a private house this year, but here is a review of the place that we stayed in last year Holidays…..
Johnstown Castle and Gardens
We spent the majority of a full day here, we brought a picnic and when we had finished that and a walk of the spectacular grounds, we went for tea and cake! There is an agricultural museum that we didn’t go into, with an exhibition on the famine running also. The grounds are beautiful, and worth it to enjoy them fully. Bonus points for finding the secret castle! Don’t forget the wellies just in case.
Hook head is a beautiful, lonely spectacular place. It boasts the spooky Loftus Hall, which we passed on the way to the lighthouse. I felt that the kids were a bit small for the tour of Loftus Hall, but it looks like a good one! We went onwards through the fog to the lighthouse which was magnificent. The kids had a great time playing with all of the toys laid out on the lawn while we had a quick coffee. And more cake. On the way home we stopped at Fethard to check out the Lifeboat Disaster monument, and Fethard Castle. We were meant to stop by Dollar Bay, but the fog prevented us!
We came twice to this beautiful little spot, about 25 minutes from Rosslare Strand. There is a huge playground beside the main car park to stretch out little legs before a short walk to the memorial gardens built to commemorate lives lost at sea. It was beautifully thought out and I found the concept of a journey of grief to be one that resonated deeply with me. It was an oasis, and a moving tribute to those people who have been lost at sea.
The second time we came to Kilmore Quay, made hast towards the Saltee Chipper and sat in the mist having perhaps the best fish and chips of my life. Monkfish anyone??
Aside from the beach, we hit up the Farmers Market on the Sunday for fresh eggs and apple juice from Ballycross Farm, the community centre for the crazy golf and the playground. Its 2 euro in per child, but really really big and spacious and mine spent over an hour in here. It great to be able to walk everywhere after spending some time driving. The chipper was closed, but the Chinese at the main car park Lotus does a banging curry. Recommended
We had an absolute ball, and the sandcastles made in between day trips were many. Here are some of the things on our list for next year:
I would highly recommend basing your holiday in Wexford as it is extremely family friendly and there is always something to do, be it sand castles or lighthouses!