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.
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 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.
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300 years of history
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Located in the heart of Kilkenny on Ireland’s Medieval Mile, the daily guided-tours bring the story of Smithwick’s to life through the clever mix of technology and storytelling.
Open Daily Year Round
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Take Time for Tipperary
Time for Tipperary Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Irish Culture, fascinating history, fabulous old castles, lots of outdoor activities, locally sourced food.
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A World of Adventure Awaits!
Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Castlecomer Discovery Park is set on 80 acres of stunning woodland and lakes in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, offerin a range of adventure activities.
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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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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.
Temporarily Closed
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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’.
Open Year Round
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A historic home
Curraghmore House Curraghmore, Portlaw, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Curraghmore House in Waterford is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. His ancestors came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170.
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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.
Open 25 May to 02 Oct
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Dunmore Adventure The Harbour, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Aquapark, Archery, Climbing, High Ropes Course, Kayaking, Sailing, Sea Safari Boat Trips, SUP, Caving and Team Building.
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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.
Open seasonally
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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.
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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.
Open 27 May - 27 Sept
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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 17 Mar to 06 Dec
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Gothic revival castle
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens Johnstown, Co. 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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Ireland’s bridge to Japan
Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Discover the story of Lafcadio Hearn through eleven garden areas. These Japanese Gardens are in the seaside town of Tramore. They feature many Japanese plants and architectural features.
Open Daily Year Round
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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.
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Explore 800 years of history
Medieval Mile Museum High Street, Kilkenny City, Ireland
The Medieval Mile Museum, housed in a 13th-century church in Kilkenny, offers a fascinating journey through the city's rich history.
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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.
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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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Welcome to the sunny southeast
Passage East Ferry Barrack Street, Passage East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
The Passage East Ferry Company Ltd operates a continuous Car Ferry Service across the River Suir linking the villages of Ballyhack in Wexford and Passage East in Waterford.
Operates 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.
Open Daily Year Round
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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.
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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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Rescue, rehabilitation and release
Seal Rescue Ireland 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.
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.
Open 11 May to 30 Aug
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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.
Open 17 Mar to 05 Nov
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Brilliant Experiences
The Irish Experience Main Street, Fethard-On-Sea, Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford, Ireland  
Get out of your comfort zone and into your “adventure zone” with these brilliant on-the-water activities and adventures.
Open Mar to Oct
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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.
Open 17 Mar to 30 Sept
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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.
Open 17 Mar to 05 Nov
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Come see for yourself!
Tipperary Museum of Hidden History Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Immerse yourself in stories of castles and conquests, courage, superstition, murder and death.
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Discover hidden gems
Waterford Greenway Various access points in Co. Waterford, Ireland
Converted railway line with a hard surface all the way offering a mix of coastal and inland routes with direct access to many sights along the way.
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Explore the Waterford Greenway
Waterford Greenway Bike Hire 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 11 Feb to 18 Dec
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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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Relaxing and informative trips
BoatTrips.ie John’s Bridge, Kilkenny City, Ireland
You’ll find these boat trips relaxing, informative and memorable. Witness the wildlife that thrive in this environment and that have shared the waterways with man for thousands of years.
Operates May to Oct
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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.
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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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Spoil your senses
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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Coastguard Cultural Centre Views
Coastguard Cultural Centre Doneraile Drive, Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of Tramore Bay from the renovated heritage building, originally built in 1874 and situated along the beautiful Victorian Doneraile Walk.
Open Daily Year Round
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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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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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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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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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The emigrant trail
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience The Emigrant Trail, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
An authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel providing a world class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience.
Open Daily Year Round
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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!
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A spectacular region
Gaeltacht na nDéise Co. Waterford, Ireland
The word ‘Gaeltacht’ refers to an area where the Irish language is still spoken as the main community language. Scenic Gaeltacht na nDéise is located between Dungarvan and Ardmore.
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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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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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Bowling, Arcade, Hot Food & Fun
KBowl Kilkenny MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny City, Ireland
KBowl Kilkenny is a vibrant entertainment centre offering bowling, arcade games, and a play area for children.
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Follow the journey
Kennedy Homestead Dunganstown, New Ross, Co. Waterford, Ireland
The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty.
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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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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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It's all waiting for you
Rothe House & Garden Parliment Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
A visit to Rothe House is high on the list of things to do in the Marble City. Built between 1594 and 1610, this was the home of the renowned merchant, landowner and Mayor of Kilkenny City,
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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.
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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.
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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.
Open Daily Apr - Sept
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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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