Below, in list view, are some great visitor experiences in the South East. Click on 'Map View' to see their proximity to each other. If using a a mobile device in Ireland, you can use the 'nearby' function in search to see what's close to your location.
history and legends coming to life
Irish National Heritage Park Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Through 9000 years of Irish History. Enter a special place where Ireland's heritage comes alive with sights and sounds that shaped a country and helped to shape the world.
Open Daily Year Round
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Where the land meets the sea
Great Lighthouses of Ireland Various locations throughout the Island of Ireland
Great Lighthouses of Ireland offer a truly unique experience around Ireland’s stunning coastline in 14 breath-taking locations.
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Treasures of medieval waterford
Medieval Museum Viking Triangle, Waterford City, Ireland
The only museum in Europe to be built over two National Monuments, the 13th century Choristers Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
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Family attraction
Ardmore Open Farm & Mini Zoo Ballykilmurry, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
A family attraction like no other, with a wide range of exotic and rare breed animals, as well as a host of reptiles. Ardmore Open Farm is a haven for children with endless hours of fun.
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15th century Castle
Ballyhack Castle Ballyhack, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Ballyhack Castle is open to the public, having been partially restored, and displays objects relating to the Crusades, the Normans, and medieval monks.
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Anglo-Norman fortification
Dungarvan Castle Castle Street, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford, Ireland
Restored barracks which houses an informative exhibition on the history of the castle.
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Explore Calcite formations
Dunmore Cave Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer Road, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
The cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads.
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A view from the keep
Enniscorthy Castle Castle Hill, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland  
Change of focus from a county museum to depicting the story of Enniscorthy town through the eyes of the castle, and how both have developed over the centuries.
Open Daily Year Round
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13th century Ferns Castle
Ferns Castle Ferns, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Ferns Castle built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl Marshall, is one of a number of historic sites in Ferns.
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oldest operating lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse Fethard-on-Dea, Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Enjoy a tour of Hook Lighthouse, the most popular visitor attraction in county Wexford. This 800 year old is the oldest original operating lighthouse in the world… yes, the world!
Open Daily Year Round
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see how Waterford Crystal is made
House of Waterford Crystal The Mall, Waterford City, Ireland
The guided Factory Tour gives all visitors an up close and personal insight into the centuries-old tradition of Waterford Crystal making.
Open Year Round
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One of Ireland's hidden gems
Huntington Castle Clonegal, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Still lived in by descendants of the original builders this fascinating Castle is truly one of Ireland's hidden treasures.
Open May to Sep
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sculptured cloister arcade
Jerpoint Abbey Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century. The church with its Romanesque details dates from this period.
Open Year Round
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Gothic revival castle
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens Johnstown, Wexford, Ireland
This great 19th century castle in its beautiful setting was designed by the Victorian architect Daniel Robertson.
Open Year Round
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Capture your imagination
Kilkenny Castle The Parade, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
This impressive 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.
Open year round
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Self guided tour
Kilkenny Famine Experience MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Kilkenny Union Workhouse, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is home to the Kilkenny Famine Experience self-guided tour.
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3D Virtual Reality Adventure
King of the Vikings Viking Triangle, Waterford City, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Experience the world of the Vikings in Irelands oldest city, Vadrafjord (Waterford) at the world's first Viking 3D Virtual Reality Adventure.
Open Mar to Oct
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So much to see and do!
Lismore Heritage Centre Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Visit Lismore Heritage Centre to discover the secrets of the town's formidable past–a haven for travellers since the early 600’s.
Open Year Round
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See indescribable cave formations
Mitchelstown Cave Burncourt, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland.
Open Year Round
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Amazing Gardens
Mount Congreve Gardens Mount Congreve Estate, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Mount Congreve Gardens one of the most amazing gardens in Ireland and just 10 minutes from Waterford city.
Open Mar to Dec
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Full of cultural surprises
New Ross Heritage Town New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
New Ross is the gateway to the Hook Peninsula and the Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in Europe, stands sentinel over one of nature’s most beautiful estuaries.
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Most beautiful tableware
Nicholas Mosse Pottery Bennetsbridge, Kilkenny, Ireland
Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His mission was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish Spongeware
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Entertainment for all the family
Perks Entertainment Centre and Indoor Funfair Seafield Business Centre, Youghal, Co.Cork
Indoor Entertainment for all, including bowling, lazer tag, Indoor softplay Funfair rides, snooker/pool, a fast food diner and an arcade full of hands on interactive games.
Open Year Round
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swashbuckling fun
Pirates Cove Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Activities available for all the family such as 18 hole mini-golf, bumper boats, bubble rollers, paddle-boats, fun-caves, 10-pin bowling, electric go karts and games arcade.
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Exciting interpretation of events
Rebellion at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Meet the key figures of the Rebellion, participate in the state of the art 4D battle of Vinegar Hill Experience and discover how weapons from the period worked.
Open Year Round
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Can you solve the clues?
Robert Boyle Escape Room Lismore Heritage Centre, Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland
Robert Boyle, known as the 'Father of Modern Chemistry' was born in Lismore Castle in 1627 - the seventh son and fourteenth child of The 1st Earl of Cork.
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discover the wonders of this park
Secret Valley Wildlife Park Coolnacon, Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Why not come and enjoy a day out in the sunny southeast and experience wildlife from around the world at Secret Valley Wildlife Park .
Open Year Round
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Medieval Cathedral
St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower The Close, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower is Ireland’s best preserved medieval Cathedral.
Open Year Round
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An exceptional collegiate church
St. Mary’s Church Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Large and elaborate structure, with an aisled nave and a long chancel and has high quality architectural sculpture used throughout.
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step back in time
Swiss Cottage Ardfinnan Road, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
A delightful 'cottage orné' built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall to a design by the famous Regency architect John Nash.
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Take a journey through the decades
The Main Guard Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
The Main Guard is one of the oldest surviving civic buildings, and one of the earliest examples of classical public architecture in Ireland.
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Cistercian Abbey founded c. 1200
Tintern Abbey Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s.
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Come see for yourself!
Tipperary Museum of Hidden History Mick Delahunty Square Clonmel Co. Tipperary, E91 Y891 Ireland
Immerse yourself in stories of castles and conquests, courage, superstition, murder and death.
Open Year Round
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Dynamic multi-disciplinary facility
Visual Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Old Dublin Road, Carlow, Ireland
VISUAL’s mission is to create a space for audiences, artists and communities to engage with, explore, and be inspired by contemporary art.
Open Year Round
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Irish Crystal Studio and Craft Shop
Criostal na Rinne Baile na nGall Beag, An Rinn, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Marvel at the art of glasscutting and see an extensive range of unique giftware, which include Tableware, Bowls and Vases, Jewellery, Executive Gifts, Wedding Gifts and Trophies.
Open Mar to Sep
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Georgian Gardens
Duckett’s Grove Historic House and Walled Gardens Duckett’s Grove, Kneestown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
The restored paths and the repaired sunken stone bridge plus plantings of oak, lime, hazel, spindle and laurel rekindle the spirit of the Georgian Pleasure Grounds.
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Great Victorian House & Gardens
Wells House & Gardens Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
With something for all generations Wells House and Gardens is the ideal choice for a day out!
Open Daily Year Round
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Beautiful Old-World Garden
Altamont Gardens Bunclody Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland
A large, beautiful, old-world garden. It is an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens located on a 100 acre estate. Beautiful riverside walks.
Open Daily Year Round
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Miles of beaches to be enjoyed
Blue Flag Beaches in Waterford & Wexford Co. Waterford and Co. Wexford
Waterford and Wexford have miles of beaches available for swimming, exploring rock pools and all sorts of beach fun.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Bunmahon Playground Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Set in a great location close to the beach and on Waterford's scenic Copper Coast Driving Route.
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Imagine, engage, inspire
Carlow College St Patrick’s College Street, Carlow, Ireland
Carlow College, St Patrick's is one of Ireland’s finest public buildings located in magnificent grounds.
Open Mon to Fri
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Explore four galleries
Carlow County Museum College Street, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Carlow County Museum is located in Carlow Town’s ‘Cultural Quarter’.
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Important historic town
Cashel Heritage Town Cashel Heritage Centre, Town Hall, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Cashel was once the home of the High Kings of Munster who resided at The Rock of Cashel, the stunning landmark attraction at the edge of the town.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Copper Coast Scenic Drive County Waterford and County Wexford
Spectacular driving and cycle route and a great way to explore the south east coastline.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Curracloe Beach Curracloe, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Spend a few hours on one of the sunny south east’s best loved beaches–Curracloe Beach with its soft sand, great dunes and wooden walkways.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Dunmore Adventure The Harbour, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Aquapark, Kayaking, Sailing, SUP, Archery, Climbing, Caving and Team Building.
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Medieval Town
Fethard Medieval Town Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Filled with historic sites, ancient ruins and picturesque riverside walkways, you’ll wonder why you haven’t visited Fethard before!
Open Year Round
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Gáirdín an Ghorta (The Famine Garden) Newmarket, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Gáirdín an Ghorta commemorates the Great Famine and honours the people who died of fever, hunger and starvation and those who emigrated.
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Outdoor fun for all ages
Kia Ora Mini Farm Courteencurragh, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
A hands on open farm where children get to interact with, hold and feed animals of the usual farmyard variety and some more exotic such as llamas, emus, alpacas, pot bellied pigs etc.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Seal Rescue Ireland Visitor Centre Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Come meet the seal pups, learn their stories and get involved in protecting marine life! Open 7 days a week for free tours.
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South East Special Discoveries
South East Festivals Various locations in Ireland’s South East
Looking for laughs, music, food, and entertainment? Ireland's South East offers an array of festivals to choose from.
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Spoil your senses
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Enjoy a chocolate workshop which is a multi-sensory, fun and interesting experience suitable for all ages.
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Immerse yourself in nature
Walk the Tintern Abbey Trails Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
To start each walk, turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey and continue to Trailhead.
Walking Trails
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Explore the Waterford Greenway
Waterford Greenway Bike Hire and Visitor Centre Union Road, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Premium bike hire company serving the whole of the beautiful Waterford Greenway. Operating from three key locations in Waterford, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan with a wide selection of bikes
Open Daily Year Round
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experience the magic of rail
Waterford Suir Valley Railway Kilmeadan Station, Kilmeadan, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from a period carriage and take in the wonderful panoramic views of the River Suir.
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A trail of discovery
Waterford’s Blue Plaques Waterford Tourist Office, 120 Parade Quay, The Quay, Waterford, Ireland
Waterford Civic Trust has installed over 40 Blue Plaques throughout the city to commemorate links between a particular location, a famous person or event.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve National Parks and Wildlife Service, North Slob, Ardcavan Lane, Co. Wexford, Ireland
About one-third of the world population of Greenland White-fronted Geese spend the winter on the Wexford Slobs.
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