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Enniscorthy

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Enniscorthy (Irish: Inis Córthaidh) is a town in County Wexford situated on the River Slaney. It began as a Norman settlement and is now most famous for its role in the 1798 rebellion in Ireland where the odd looking and famous Vinegar Hill which overlooks the town, served as the camp and headquarters for the rebels. This was also the site of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

Get in

By car

From Dublin, you can reach Enniscorthy by the N11 main road linking Gorey and Wexford town

By train

It lies along the Dublin - Rosslare railway line. See Irish Rail's site.

Get around

See

  • The 1798 Centre (approximately 500 meters from the town center). Commemorates the 1798 rising against the British, and especially the last stand of the rebels on Vinegar Hill, just across the Slaney. Those long on enthusiasm and breath can climb to the top of Vinegar Hill for a magnificent view of the town. Those with just enthusiasm can drive to the top. 
  • Castle of Wexford. Dating to 1176, the castle has been changed many times over the centuries. It is the site of the County Wexford Folk Museum. 
  • St. Aidan's Cathedral. Roman Catholic Cathedral, designed by one of the Pugin family. 
  • Ferns Castle is a 13th C ruin, 10 km northeast along the main road to Gorey. It's open May-mid Sept daily 10:00-17:00.

Do

Events

  • Annual Strawberry Fair -This takes place early in July and celebrates the arrival of the strawberry crop as the area was traditionally a big strawberry growing region in Ireland because of the sunny weather.

Buy

Eat

  • The Cotton Tree Cafe (by the Old Bridge). 

Drink

  • Treacys Hotel.
  • The Bailey. 
  • D Bar. (updated Apr 2020)
  • Houlihans. 
  • The Antique Tavern. 
  • Rackards. 
  • Stamps. 

Sleep

  • Monart Spa Hotel, The Still, ☏ +353 53 923-8999. Award-winning spa hotel with an adults-only environment. 
  • Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club, The Promenade (From Dublin road on entering the town cross the old stone bridge, keeping in the right lane, cross the next modern looking bridge, take the direct first left off this bridge, the hotel is situated at the end of the prom on the banks of the river Slaney), ☏ +353 92 37800. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 

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