FESTIVALS IN WEXFORD
 
 
THE HERITAGE AND CULTURAL
COUNTY OF WEXFORD
 
 
CURRACLOE BEACH
CO WEXFORD
 
 
THE HOOK LIGHTHOUSE
AND VISITOR CENTRE
 
 
LOFTUS HALL
 
 
JOHNSTOWN CASTLE GARDENS
& IRISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
 
 
JFK MEMORIAL PARK
& ARBORETUM
 
 
TINTERN ABBEY
WEXFORD, IRELAND
 
 
WARREN FARM
GUEST COTTAGES
 
 
WEXFORD HERITAGE TRAIL
 
 

JOHNSTOWN CASTLE GARDENS

& IRISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

Johnstown Castle Gardens, near Wexford Town, are lush ornamental gardens that adorn the castle estate, a popular destination for walks and picnics. The grounds feature a wide variety of trees and shrubs, representing the best aspects of a formal and wild garden.

Johnstown Castle estate was the historic home of two prominent Wexford families. The first owners were the Esmondes—a Norman family who settled in the county in the 12th century. During the Cromwellian era the estate was confiscated, changing hands several times before being acquired by John Grogan in 1692; his descendants would remain at Johnstown up until 1945.

By 1863, Johnstown Castle estate reached the peak of its development and featured a large demesne of over 1,000 acres. It was divided in two with a deer park to the north, and the castle, pleasure grounds, farm and two lakes to the south.

The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson, well-known for designing Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow. The landscape is enhanced by two lakes with folly towers, populated with a range of waterfowl. Pleasant pathways meander through the pleasure grounds, attracting visitors to wander at will.

Frequent glimpses of the castle shimmering in the waters of the lake add to the atmosphere, as visitors take in the extensive walks in the tranquil, tree-dotted gardens.

The Irish Agricultural Museum in County Wexford boasts one of the most comprehensive displays of farming and rural life in the country. The ideal destination for an outing for the whole family, the museum offers plenty to see, learn and do for all ages.

Farming enthusiasts, young and old alike, will delight in exploring the Irish Agricultural Museum, home to a large collection of beautifully restored tractors, carts, ploughs, threshing machines, stationary engines and dairy equipment. Exhibitions display and explore the history of Irish agricultural life from the turn of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century.

Housed over two floors and occupying 1,600 square meters, the galleries feature recreated workshops of traditional trades, including blacksmith, cooper and wheelwright. Visitors can explore the Great Famine through vivid exhibitions that reveal the reality of daily life before, during and after the famine.

The museum contains a number of new educational sessions designed for school groups. The Peacock Tea Room is located within the museum building and serves a range of specialty coffees and other hot drinks.

The Irish Agricultural Museum is located in the grounds of Johnstown Castle and Gardens. The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson, famous for designing the gardens of Powerscourt in County Wicklow.