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About Wexford

Nestled on the south-eastern coast of Ireland at the mouth of the River Slaney, Wexford’s stunning scenery, lively culture and proud history make it a must-visit destination. Accommodation options range from simple, self-catering properties to bustling city hotels ideal for weekending couples. Our pick of the best places to stay in Wexford include a gorgeous castle turned B&B and several waterfront properties in the centre of town.

For starters we'd recommend you wander the medieval cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere of this historic town (it has roots that date back to the Vikings). Just outside town visit Irish National Heritage Park. There, you’ll marvel at two distinct settlements from the Stone, Viking and Norman ages. History buffs should check out Selskar Abbey to learn about the historic setting of the first peace treaty between the Anglo-Norman conquerors and local Irish rulers. Johnstown Castle Estate is another highlight and its gardens are particularly special.

The annual Wexford Opera Festival is perhaps the crowning glory of Wexford's events calendar. Running for a couple of weeks at the end of October to early November, it's a magnet for music lovers from round the globe, and earns widespread praise for the quality of its productions of rarely performed pieces.

As you'd expect from a vibrant Irish town, there are plenty of options for food and drink here; enjoy a fine-dining seafood extravaganza or settle into the local pub and enjoy the craic. Wexford has the lot and everything in between too!

The best places to stay in Wexford fill up fast during the summer and the Opera Festival, so be sure to book your stay well in advance!

The Best Places to Stay in Wexford

For a central location

  • Clayton Whites Hotel is a sleek, modern hotel, providing supremely comfortable if functional guestrooms and a range of top quality facilities in a super central location. With great sea views and a state of the art health club, spa and cryotherapy clinic, it caters equally for business and pleasure.
  • Equally modern, but with a bit more character, nearby Talbot Hotel offers luxurious, light and spacious guestrooms (there are family friendly options too) in soft grey hues and with good sea views. Amenities on offer include an indoor pool, a gym, and a fine dining restaurant and bar. A comfortable base for local exploring.
  • For an affordable self-catering option, consider Talbot Suites at Stonebridge next door, a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with polished wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and modern furniture. Each comes with a balcony and fully-equipped kitchen. An great base for groups or families.

Just Out of Town

  • Top choice in the Wexford area, just outside town and surrounded by beautiful rugged scenery, is Killiane Castle, a majestic 17th century house turned country B&B with a Norman castle attached. Rooms are not super deluxe, but full of traditional old world charm, large sash windows and well chosen antiques. With a host of outdoor pursuits to choose from, both on and off the property, it's a great value option for a relaxing stay.
  • Another option on the edge of Wexford is the 4 star Whitford House Hotel, with modern/traditional styling in a contemporary building. Rooms are comfortable and functional, and the facilities are excellent, with a choice of two restaurants, an indoor pool, and a spa. It's great for families, too, with a playground, a kids' pool, and a wide range of children's activities. There's also a self catering 4 room cottage for hire.

For a self catering cottage or apartment

  • We recommend you contact our partners Booking.com who have accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.

Travel Information

  • Waterford Airport is nearest, an hour by road, while Dublin airport is just over two hours away.
  • The best time to visit is May to September, though for the best chance of warm weather, and if you don't mind the crowds (and higher room rates), come in July and August.
  • If you want to hire a car, visit our car rental page.

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Best Hotels in Wexford

  • Talbot Hotel Wexford 107 rooms from £70

    Local exploring  -  Whether you want to enjoy long walks, visit historic sites or explore the museums & galleries of Wexford — there's plenty to do
    Value chic  -  With doubles starting at well under £100, this is a very well priced stay for all the amenities offered
    Family Suites  -  There are a range of three family suite sizes which comfortably sleep between 3 - 6
    Restaurant  -  Oysterlane Restaurant offers fine dining using seasonal produce and Ballast Bank serves casual bar food
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    A contemporary luxury hotel set in the heart of the coastal town of Wexford. Spacious rooms are light and airy with plush headboards, floor-to-ceiling windows, and soft grey hues. With extensive amenities including an indoor pool, gym, fine dining restaurant and bar, this is a very comfortable base. See More

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  • Whitford House Hotel Wexford 36 rooms from £74

    Families  -  Well designed for families with onsite facilities including a playground, kids' pool, and a wide range of children's activities
    Self catering  -  There's the option to stay in Brambles, a 4 bedroom self catering cottage set opposite the hotel, ideal for families or groups
    Sights nearby  -  There are several historic attractions nearby including Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula and Loftus Hall
    Great walks  -  There are miles of scenic hiking trails running along the coast and through the surrounding countryside
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    A 4* luxury hotel set on the edge of the coastal town of Wexford. While rooms are simply styled and contemporary, reception rooms have a grand old-world feel. With two restaurants, an indoor pool, and a spa — this is a relaxing choice for couples or families. See More

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  • Clayton Whites Hotel Wexford 157 rooms from £95

    City Style  -  Super modern, stylish interiors
    Great walks  -  Irish National Heritage Park
    Sights nearby  -  Beautiful Wexford beaches
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    Recently renovated, modern hotel with state-of-the-art leisure facilities. Simple rooms with WiFi, satellite TV and excellent sea views. Superb health club, spa and cryotherapy clinic. A large functional hotel that can accommodate all requirements for business and leisure. See More

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  • Killiane Castle County Wexford 8 rooms from £100

    Country Escape  -  A luxurious rural retreat surrounded by beautiful rugged countryside.
    Great walks  -  Follow the tree lined nature trail that runs straight from the property.
    Full of character
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    A majestic 15th century Castle and 17th century house turned country B&B. Individually styled rooms are traditional yet unfussy with soft patterns, large sash windows and choice antiques. With a host of outdoor pursuits both on and off the property, it offers good value, old world charm. See More

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  • Talbot Suites at Stonebridge Wexford 69 rooms from £130

    Self catering  -  Each apartment comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, a lounge, and a terrace — perfect for longer stays or independent travellers
    Families  -  A choice of one, two, or three bedroom apartments that can be assembled to double or twin rooms mean this is ideal for families
    Sights nearby  -  Visit some of Wexford's most famed historic attractions including Johnstown Castle and Enniscorthy Castle
    Golf  -  For those on a golfing break, there are no less than four courses to choose from in the area
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    A collection of one, two and three-bedroom self-catering apartments set near the coast in Wexford Town. Contemporary in design, expect polished wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows & simple modern furniture. Each comes with a balcony and fully-equipped kitchen. An easy base for groups or families. See More

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