Whether you are on holidays or you are looking to have some weekend fun, these places in Wexford are here to make your day. County Wexford is in Ireland’s south-east, right by the east coast which makes it a perfect spot for vacationing. You can get to busy Dublin within about an hours drive but at the same time, you can stay in a peaceful location right by the sea. It is an ideal place to choose for a family holiday, especially in the summer.
If you are planning a holiday in Wexford, why don’t you get your kids a Wexford Passport To Fun? It is a fun free printable for kids to fill in when they visit some of the top attractions in County Wexford. It was designed with lots of love by Visit Wexford and has some activities, colouring pages and a checklist of places you have visited.
Kia Ora Mini Farm – Cute Goats & Cool Diggers
Every time we visit this farm we spend hours there playing and watching the animals. The animals you will find at this petting farm are pigmy goats, lots of different types of chickens, donkeys, ponies, pigs, emus, parrots, guinea pigs and most important little bunnies that you are allowed to cuddle for as long as you like 😍. You will find lots of things to keep your kids happy for hours at Kia Ora, they have sandpits, a life-sized cow to milk, a fire engine you can go inside of (!), mini go-kart tracks, a small maze and our personal highlight: motorized diggers. Having a good time at Kia Ora just comes easy, there are lots of things for children with different interests and you really get your money’s worth.
|Price||€8 per Person|
|Age||0 – 12|
|Food||Small Snacks Available or BYO and enjoy the lovely outdoor picnic area|
Wells House – Something for Everyone
Wells House is perfect for a family day out, there are so many things to do with the entire family. When you enter the estate, you first walk past a row of exquisite craft shops with handmade toys, jewellery and souvenirs that are definitely worth looking at. Afterwards, go ahead and visit the mini-farm with rabbits, goats and pigs that will delight the little ones. For some history, take a guided tour through Wells House and learn about the families that have lived for centuries on this estate. Enjoy the nice playground and for older kids, you will find right behind it an area for practising archery under staff supervision. Our favourite activity is definitely the woodland walk. It takes about 40 mins and on the way you can find lots of fairy doors, a wishing well and beautiful wooden statues. Wells House is a really great place to take family photos and to have a day out with grandparents as well.
House Tour €8 per adult, €4 per child
|Food||Great picnic area or visit Mrs Stone’s Restaurant for traditional Irish cuisine|
Irish National Heritage Park – Take a Walk through History
Follow a historic person guiding you through 9000 years of Irish history. This is an open-air museum showing in real life how people were living and working hundreds of years ago. See what their houses looked like, the tools they used and what significant events changed Irish history. The tour guides are dressed up in historical costumes and make this experience interactive and fun for kids. There are three different tours available and all of them are included in the admission price. Alternatively, you can also explore the park on your own or use an audio guide available in various languages. After you have learned some history, check out their adventure playgrounds or try panning for gold! Join in on the gold rush and receive a personalised certificate at the reception after finding some gold nuggets. If you are feeling the Viking vibes, try out some archery for only €3 extra. Of course, there are some beautiful woodland walks to enjoy the fresh air and nature.
On top of that, if you are planning on making your visit extra special, there are some really unique experiences available to add on your booking. Meet birds of prey or live like a Viking for a day, you get to dress up and use Viking tools (this is a really fun idea for dad’s birthday). As a family, you can also book an exclusive overnight stay where you get to cook over an open fire and feel like you have travelled in time, an unforgettable experience.
|Price||€30 per Family|
|Food||Eat at Fulacht Fiadh Restaurant in the Visitor Centre serving lunch, snacks and treats or enjoy a picnic at the park|
Hook Lighthouse – Expand your horizon
Take a deep breath and enjoy the amazing fresh air coming at you right from the sea below. Climb the steps of this 800-year-old lighthouse and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea as far as the eye can see. If you are lucky, you might even spot some seals or dolphins. Get to know who built this lighthouse and the stories of the lighthouse keepers that lived and worked right in this very place. There are holograms of workers telling their stories but you can also book a guided tour to get more insights into the history of the lighthouse. This is a great attraction for everyone, however, there are about 100 stairs to be climbed so I would not recommend it for people with hip-problems or buggies. This is a great spot to visit to get to know history from a practical point of view.
Guided Tour €28 per Family
|Food||Enjoy fresh seafood, soups, snacks & treats at the Lightkeepers Cafe|
Secret Valley Wildlife Park – Meet Toby the Giant Tortoise
It’s not a farm and it’s not a zoo, it’s a wildlife park. At Secret Valley, you will find a great mix of farm animals like goats, horses & alpacas but also monkeys, snakes, meerkats and foxes. At the entrance, you are being given a little bag of goat food which kids love. They also let you fill in an activity sheet with a crossword and questions about the animals and when you completed it you can bring it to the cafe and get a little treat in exchange. The greatest attraction of the park is definitely the giant tortoise which walks freely around in a barn and eats its lunch right in front of your feet. For little ones, there is an indoor jungle gym and for older kids an obstacle course and playground. A fun way to get around the park is to hop on the quad train and enjoy a bumpy ride. The park is great for an afternoon visit, we stayed for about 2 hours including a snack break. It was perfect for a weekend trip. As a present or to make the day extra special, you might want to take a look at their keeper experiences that give you an exclusive behind the scenes tour and lets you prepare food for the animals.
|Price||€35 per Family|
|Age||0 – 12|
|Food||Small cafe in the park or lots of space for picnic in an outdoor and indoor area|
Pirates Cove – Let’s Play
If you are looking for a place where you can have fun together as a family just playing, this is the place to go. Pirate’s Cove offers an amazing pirate themed outdoor mini-golf course. The design is exceptional and you will have such a fantastic time. But this is just the start, there are also bumper boats that are especially fun for younger children. There are a small go-kart track and bubble rollers (big balls you can walk on water with). In case of rain, play some classic arcade games or go bowling. Three to ten-year-olds can enjoy themselves in the indoor jungle gym so there is really something for everyone. After your visit at Pirates Cove, hop on the train down at Courtown Seafront to enjoy the sea view and get yourself a free 99 ice cream to eat by the sea.
|Price||Mini-Golf: €35 per Family |
Bowling (55mins): €33 per Family
Other activities: €6 or less per Person
|Food||Cafe with ice cream and sambos or go for one of the many restaurant options available in Courtown (only 5 mins walk from Pirates Cove)|
Seal Rescue – Charity & Educational Entertainment
Support one of the local charities and visit Seal Rescue Centre Ireland. These guys are doing an amazing job at looking after injured or orphaned seals all across Ireland but they have their rescue centre in Courtown. When you enter the visitor centre there is a small gift shop with way too cute seal toys that your kids will definitely want to buy. Also, there is an information wall with explanatory posters about where the seals are found, how they get to the rescue centre and what threats there are for seals in the wild, such as plastic pollution. There is a lot of helpful staff available at all times to give you a tour and answer questions your kids might have. In the outdoor area, there are three pools with seals and a little cabin for each seal that you can look into. Each seal has been given a funny name such as Gumball or Marshmallow. The seals are in very close proximity which is really great for children to see. It is a small place but you can still spend a good half-hour there and conveniently right next to the rescue centre is Courtown forest, a beach and a playground all within a 3 mins walk.
|Price||Free Admission – Donations are welcome|
|Food||Cafe right outside the centre with treats or visit local restaurants|
Wexford Lavender Farm – Pretty Fields & Outdoor Fun
When you get to Wexford Lavender Farm, the first thing that is going to happen is you will be stunned by the beautiful view. Lavender is so pretty and the smell is amazing, it is really special to be surrounded by so much beauty. This place is not only great for Instagram but also for children. There are a quad barrel train and a small playground. When you walk towards the woods, past the pumpkin picking fields you will find a life-sized snakes and ladders board! Go ahead and play around. Adjacent to the Lavender Farm is a forest with three looped walks to choose from, they are each about one hour.
|Food||Lovely Purple Haze Cafe with home-baked goods and lunch options|
Looking for more activities? Check our Afterschool Classes for Kids in Wexford guide.