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Local Attractions

Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford town is the ideal base for touring the many attractions that Wexford and the South East has to offer.

Clayton Whites Hotel is inextricably woven into the social, cultural and artistic history of Wexford. From as early as 1715, local historians believe that a lodging house called the “The King’s Arms” existed close to the hotel’s present site. The surrounding areas boast an equally rich history with many local attractions worth exploring.

Clayton Whites Hotel is ideally located in the centre of Wexford town, providing the perfect base for touring the many attractions that Wexford has to offer.

Wexford is part of Ireland’s Ancient East, a wonderful opportunity to experience 5,000 years of history in one compact area.

Top Local Wexford Attractions

  • Wexford Castles & Abbeys: Explore the ancient castles & abbeys of Wexford and be transported back thousands of years.
  • The Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula: Visit the world’s oldest operational lighthouse, beautiful gardens, ancient rooms or explore the rugged outdoors of the Hook Peninsula, only 39 km from the Hotel.
  • Wells House & Gardens: Wells House and Gardens is one of the premier family friendly venues in Wexford & was recently voted “Best Family Day Out” by listeners of TodayFM. Only 24km from the Hotel.
  • Loftus Hall: Visit Ireland’s most haunted house, set against the wild and rugged landscape of the Hook Peninsula, only 45km from the Hotel.
  • John F. Kennedy Park & Arboretum: This beautiful woodland park is dedicated to the memory of JFK, whose family were Wexford natives, only 40km from the Hotel.
  • Johnstown Castle & Irish Agricultural Museum: Visit the 19th century Johnstown castle, home to spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens and the Irish Agricultural Museum, only 6km from the Hotel.
  • Our Lady’s Island Lake: Why not visit Our Lady’s Island; an ancient place of pilgrimage in the south east corner of Ireland in the diocese of Ferns.
  • Wexford Wildfowl Reserve: Take a visit to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, located on flat farmland on the North Slob which was walled off from Wexford Harbour and reclaimed from the sea in the 1840s partly as a famine relief project, only 10 minutes drive from the Clayton Whites Hotel.
  • Slade Castle: Located in the picturesque fishing village of Slade on the Hook Peninsula, this remarkably well-preserved castle was built by the Laffan family.
  • The Irish National Heritage Park:  An excellent view of life in Ireland through the ages. Begin your unforgettable journey through Ireland’s past at this award winning Heritage Centre.

Explore all Wexford has to offer:

  • Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience: A world class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience & 1840’s emigrant vessel, only 33km from the Hotel.
  • National 1798 Rebellion Centre: Vividly discover the 1798 rebellion, one of the most important events in Ireland’s history, only 27 km from the Hotel.
  • Wexford Wildfowl Reserve:  Over 250 species of wildfowl can be found in this 200 hectare reserve, including the Greenland white fronted geese, Europe’s rarest geese, only 6km from the Hotel
  • Wexford Lavender Farm: Set against the beautiful County Wexford countryside, Wexford Lavender Farm has a wonderful mix of goings-on to keep the whole family happy and entertained, only 53km from the Hotel.


Why not plan your trip to Wexford now. Take a look at our hotel offers here.


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