Top 5 Wexford Beaches for your Family Breaks in Ireland

The saying is true, there’s no better place than Ireland when it’s sunny, and if you’re after some summer sunshine Wexford is the place to be! Part of Ireland’s sunny south east coast, there’s a range of stunning beaches in county Wexford waiting to be discovered. Suitable for the whole family including the dogs – it’s time to pack your beach towels and your bucket and spade and head to the beach in Wexford! And don’t forget our beautiful county has lots of exciting activities to do around Wexford for families.

family with buckets and spades going to play on Curracloe Beach in Wexford

Here’s our family guide to the top 5 beaches in county Wexford:

Duncannon Beach

One of Wexford’s most popular beaches, Duncannon beach is a mile-long sandy beach that faces south. It extends from the village of Duncannon to the large estuary created by the River Barrow. Strong winds and waves are kept to a minimum at this beach thanks to its sheltered location which makes Duncannon Beach one of the top beaches in Wexford and a hugely popular spot for summer swimming and sunbathing.

The beach provides you with a breath-taking view across to Hook Head and the hilly Waterford coastline. It is simply stunning and the perfect place to visit in your family breaks in Wexford.

Lifeguard? Yes from 11am to 7pm daily during the summer months
Car Parking? In the town alongside the beach
Activities? Swimming, strolling
Dog Friendly? Yes, but dogs must be kept on a lead and owners need to clean up after them

Rosslare Strand Beach

Rosslare Strand Beach can be found beside the village of the same name at the southern end of Wexford Harbour. It’s made up of a mixture of sand and stones and contains wooden breakwaters that are functionally designed to prevent erasure of the beach. It’s a Blue Flag Beach in Wexford and claims to be ‘The Sunniest Place in Ireland’ receiving 300 more hours of sunshine than the national coastline average.

The beach is perfect for a swim at summertime and for long walks all year round. It’s no wonder that Rosslare Strand Beach is a favourite among residents and tourists alike!

Lifeguard? Yes, during the summer season
Car Parking? In the town
Activities? Swimming, walking
Dog Friendly? Yes – dogs must be kept on a lead and owners are obliged to clean up after them

Curracloe Beach

Curracloe Beach is famous! The beach was used in the filming of the D-Day landings in the 1997 film Saving Private Ryan. This soft sanded beach stretches from Raven Point to Ballyconigar and has three access points along the way. All these entrances are wheelchair and buggy accessible thanks to the wooden boardwalks.

sunny day at Curracloe Beach Wexford

This is the closest Blue Flag beach to Clayton Whites Hotel with its wide stretches of golden sands, only 15 minutes away by car.

Lifeguard? Yes, daily service in summer months
Facilities? Wheelchair accessible boardwalks
Car Parking? Yes
Activities? Swimming, walking
Dog Friendly? Yes – again, dogs are to be kept on a lead and owners must clean up after them

Ballymoney Beach

Ballymoney Beach is made up of two sandy beaches near the town of Gorey. Not only has the north beach achieved Blue Flag status, the south beach in Wexford has been awarded a Green Coast Award – a testimony to its cleanliness and quality. Visitors of this beach have reported sightings of the friendly local seal – so watch out and wave hello!

Ballymoney Beach is the perfect spot for swims and coastline walks – there’s something to suit everyone in the family.

Lifeguard? Yes, service takes place in summer months
Car Parking? Nearby
Activities? Swimming, walking, seal watching
Dog Friendly? Dogs are welcome but need to on a lead and owners must clean up after them

family with kite on beach

Morriscastle Beach

Morriscastle is a picturesque Blue Flag beach featuring long stretches of golden sand and grassy sand dunes. Its beauty will take your breath away which is why it more than merits it’s spot in our top 5 Wexford beaches. Perfect for young children, the beach is sheltered by a dune system. Swimming is very safe here and there’s a lifeguard present during the summer months.

Morris castle beach; wexford
Morris castle beach; wexford

Morriscastle isn’t just a popular holiday destination, it’s also a favourite among shore fishers and is regularly used for competitions. Anglers can catch bass, ray, flounder and more. The beach is also great for some seal-spotting so keep your eyes peeled!

Lifeguard? Yes, from June to end of August
Car Parking? On certain areas of the beach
Activities? Swimming, walking, seal watching
Dog Friendly? Dogs are allowed but need to on a lead and owners have to clean up after them

Family Hotel near the Beach in County Wexford

Clayton Whites Hotel is conveniently located 15 minutes from Curracloe Beach – you can enjoy the famous beach while staying in the heart of Wexford Town. Family breaks are our specialty!

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