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
 
 

TINTERN ABBEY

Tintern Abbey is located near New Ross in County Wexford, an evocative piece of Irish monastic history. The abbey takes its name from Tintern in Wales and was founded by the Earl of Pembroke founded Tintern Abbey in about 1200.

Legends say that when the Earl of Pembroke encountered a life-threatening storm during a sea voyage, he vowed to establish an abbey if he reached land safely. The abbey is often referred to as Tintern de Voto, or Tintern of the Vow as a result. It was inhabited by Cistercian monks from a larger abbey at Tintern, Wales, of which the Earl was also a patron.

Today, visitors to the lovely County Wexford site can view the remains of the nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. They can also participate in 45-minute guided tours of the property, which, in the 16th century, became living quarters for the Colclough family.

FERNS CASTLE

The castle 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 Augustinian 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.