One Week

Down South

Stay for at least one night in Wexford town. When you’re done exploring the medieval streets visit the nearby National Heritage Park and wild bird reserve at the Slobs. In the evening check out if there is anything on at the Opera House. On day two take it easy by driving along the coast and calling by the majestic Hook Head lighthouse. After this go north to New Ross and spend some time visiting the Dunbrody famine ship.

As you walk along the quays don’t forget to shake the hand of President Kennedy. Up the hill are the impressive ruins of St Mary’s, one of the largest medieval churches in Ireland.  Next up is Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford and its impressive collection of museums. The city has a world renowned crystal tradition, fantastic festivals and a distinctive local bread introduced by 17th century Huguenots.

On your way to Cork you’ll come across Youghal. Once one of the most important ports during the Middle Ages, the town has a fantastic legacy of medieval buildings. If you’re suffering from medieval fatigue, it also has a blue flag beach. The city of Cork is your next stop. The ‘Real Capital’ of Ireland according to its inhabitants, Cork is a bit different from other places. The city has got some great art galleries, pubs, and restaurants. It also has the best and largest indoor food market in the country.

Not far from Cork is the 17th century plantation settlement of Bandon. The town has some wonderful churches and a fine golf course. It is also your gateway to exploring beautiful West Cork.