Ballyahack Castle, Ballyhack, Co. Wexford
In Ballyhack village (off R733), Ballyhack Castle is located on a steep slope in a commanding position overlooking Waterford estuary.
The castle, a large tower house, is thought to have been built c. 1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John, one of the two great military orders founded at the beginning of the 12th century at the time of the Crusades.
Leaflet in English available / Photography or Video not allowed
Open 23rd Jun - 24th Aug: Daily 10.00 - 18.00
Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes
Tel: +353 51 389468
Parking nearby in Village.
Ferns Castle, Ferns, Co. Wexford
The castle, in the centre of Ferns, was built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl Marshall. Originally, the castle formed a square, with large corner towers. Only half of the castle now remains. The most complete tower contains a fine circular chapel, with carved ornament. The tower also has several original fireplaces and a vaulted basement. Archaeological excavations revealed a rock- cut ditch outside the castle walls.
Ferns Castle is one of a number of historic sites in Ferns. Others include St. Mary's, a 12th century Auginian Priory; the remains of a 13th century cathedral, part of which is incorporated into the present Church of Ireland Church; St. Peter's, a small nave and chancel church; and some High Crosses and parts of crosses, which stand in the cathedral grounds.
Open 26th May - 28th Sept: Daily 10.00 - 18.00 / Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes
Guided Tours: Maximum number: 15 - Duration: 30 minutes
Leaflet in English / Photography or Video is allowed.
Restricted access to castle for visitors with disabilities as there is a narrow medieval circular staircase.
Full access to the Visitor Centre - see 38 Ferns Tapestry Project panels depicting the history of Ferns on display.
Tel: +353 53 936 6411
Facilities: Exhibition, toilets, toilets for people with disabilities, car parking
Tearooms with seating capacity 30
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve,
North Slob, Ardcavan Lane, Wexford
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is situated just outside Wexford town.
From Wexford Town: cross the bridge and travel 2.9km (1.8 miles); turn right at a sign marked “Wexford Wildfowl Reserve” and drive 2.5 km (1.6 miles) to the car park and visitor centre.
The Reserve is open every day, except Christmas Day, from 09.00 to 17.00.
The car park and entrance gates are locked every evening at 17.00.
Geese - Greenland White-fronted Geese are the most numerous and important goose species on the reserve. Others are: Pale-bellied Brent Geese, European White-fronted Geese, Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Geese and Snow Geese. Lesser White-fronted Geese, Red-breasted Geese and Greylag Geese.
Swans - Mute Swans are present throughout the year. Whooper Swans and Bewick’s Swans winter in the Reserve.
Ducks - 31 species of duck have been recorded.
Waders - 42 wader species have been recorded.
Other Birds - Great-crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron and Little Egret all nest in or near the Reserve. Non-waterfowl species include: Long-eared Owl, Cuckoo, Raven, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler. Five tern species can be seen from the shore in Summer, including Little, Common, Arctic, Sandwich and Roseate Terns.
Farmland birds can be seen all-year round including: Starlings, Rooks, Jackdaws, Common, Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls. Yellowhammers in winter.
Birds of Prey in the area include: Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and Peregrine Falcons; in winter Hen Harriers, Merlins and Short-eared Owls.
Mammals - Irish Hares, Foxes, Badgers, Rabbit, Irish Stoat, Brown Rat, House Mouse, Pygmy Shrew, Otter, American Mink and Red Squirrel.
Five bat species: Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Daubenton’s, Longeared and Leisler’s Bats.
Hundreds of seals are often to be seen on sandbanks at the mouth of Wexford Harbour.
Telephone: 00 353 53 9123406 or 00 353 53 9123129