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national 1798 rebellion centre


Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the events of 1798 are forever etched in Irish history.

The National 1798 Rebellion Centre is located in Enniscorthy, an early Norman town dating back 1,500 years and nestled on the banks of the River Slaney. Only a The heritage town of Enniscorthy played an important role in the battles for Irish Independence in both 1798 and 1916. Trace these seminal events in Irish history with a must see visit to the battlefield at Vinegar Hill, the Norman Enniscorthy Castle and the National 1798 Rebellion Centre.

The “Rebellion Experience” at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre retells the ground breaking events in the Battle for Irish Independence in 1798. On your visit you will learn more about key figures of the Rebellion, join in a state of the art 4D battle of Vinegar Hill Experience and explore how weapons from the period worked. Meet John Shehan (The Croppy Boy), Tom the Devil, General Lake and discover how 20,000 insurgents (Pikemen) faced the might of 10,000 well-trained and well-armed Crown Forces (Red Coats). Four hours after it began, 1,500 people lay dead on the battlefield and the rebellion was efficiently quashed.

Explore the other important rebellion sites in Enniscorthy, such as Enniscorthy Castle, the Athenaeum, St. Aidan’s Cathedral and Vinegar Hill. The historic battlefield on Vinegar Hill overlooks the heritage town of Enniscorthy, with a walk to its peak allowing you take a step back in time and image the epic battle scenes between the Red Coats and the Wexford pikemen. The award winning Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy town, built in the 13th century, has been home to Anglo-Norman knights, English Earls and local merchant families. Explore the dungeon, savour the medieval wall art or visit the battlements at the top of the castle to see the amazing views of Vinegar Hill battlefield, Enniscorthy town and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Opening Hours

Summer Season 1st April – 30th September

Week Days: 09:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: CLOSED

Bank Holidays: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Winter Season 1st October – 31st March

Week days: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.; Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: CLOSED

Bank Holidays: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please note: For your comfort and enjoyment, last admissions are 1 hour before closing. Guided tours are available.

Admission Prices

Rebellion Experience at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre

Adults: €7.00; Seniors/Students €4.00; Children (over 5) €3.00

Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children) €20.00

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