A journey through 5,000 years of history…

Learn the stories of a place and you’ll come to understand the soul of its people. Begin your journey of discovery into Ireland’s Ancient East from Wexford, marvelling in this off the beaten track, lush beautiful landscape and bustling towns that have attracted warring settlers for millennia. Each landmark has its own story to tell, as indeed do the locals, who relish in telling tall tales of famed battles and mystical rituals.

Ireland’s Ancient East is a wonderful opportunity to experience 5,000 years of European history in a compact area. Get off the beaten track to see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the millennia of settlers in this land. Ancient Man, Early Christians, Medieval Lords, Colonial Settlers and their descendants have all been seduced by these most lush, green and fertile lands. Hear for yourself their stories.

Take your time to discover it all –the maritime gateways, Viking towns, magnificent houses and conquering castles, there is so much to see and do in Ireland’s Ancient East. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors and visit Wexford highlights like Hook Head, home to one of the oldest working lighthouses in the world, the Dunbrody Famine Ship, which offered hope during the dark days of the Great Famine, Wells House, a magnificent example of Victorian architecture and Loftus Hall, Ireland’s most haunted house.

Plan a fun filled family outing to Ireland’s Ancient East and experience the hidden treasures of ancient Ireland. Ireland’s Ancient East is crammed with wonderful, quirky things to do for all the family. The Irish National Heritage Park, just 5 minutes’ drive from the hotel, captures 5,000 years of Irish history with 16 separate sites dotted through 35 acres of woodland and wetland – a remarkable experience that all the family are sure to love.

Begin your journey of discovery today and plan your Ireland’s Ancient East itinerary here.

Book your breakaway to Ireland’s Ancient East and stay at Clayton Whites Hotel. Take a look at hotel offers here.


More Local Attractions near Clayton Whites Hotel

Loftus Hall

Hook Lighthouse

Johnstown Castle

National Opera House

Irish National Heritage Park

Kilmore Quay and Saltee Islands

John F. Kennedy Park & Arboretum

Ireland’s Ancient East

East Coast of Ireland

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Ireland’s Ancient East

East coast of Ireland


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