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“Not to be missed if you're in Wexford”

Irish National Heritage Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

This centre tells you all about Irish history and has lots and lots of reconstructions of primitive dwellings, boats and even a small castle. It's rather like a smaller version of the Welsh equivalent in St. Fagans, Cardiff. It is built alongside a lake and small hillside so be prepared for some uphill walking. Some structures are still being built and it was fantastic to watch thatching being done. Once you've tired yourself out, have a fabulous light lunch in the visitor centre. The sea-food chowder is full of large pieces of salmon. Others were having traditional Irish stew which looked as if one could survive a week on it.

Thank Gynaeman
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Lots to keep children interested but so much for the more mature person to get their teeth into as well. If you take your time; allow half a day and enjoy a lovely lunch and you can learn so much about Irish history and folk law. The staff are so helpful and those around the park eager to share their enthusiasm for their subject. The setting is grand for bird watching on the estuary too and the paths and walks generally easy walking. Our visit came at the end of our Ireland trip and it might have been better to do it at the start. Great value (English Heritage members reduced rate). A great experience -enjoy!

Thank Timothy9999
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Well worth doing a tour. We had the very knowledgeable Paul as our tour guide dressed appropriately as a viking. Paul was very patient with the kids and all their questions. Having been to a fair few Irish historical sites ie. the hill of Tara, Newgrange etc the video and tour consolidated for me the history and time periods in a very simple way.
There were a lot of activities to keep the kids entertained and a couple of hours went by without us even knowing.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating I would happily recommend the park to families or anyone wanting to gain some Irish history knowledge in a very visual form.

Thank Silvia B
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed in the Ringfort at the Irish National Heritage Park, on April 2013 with a group of students. It such a great overnight visit for us, especially with our request for so many extra sleeping bags on such short notice. We definitely put them to good use, and appreciated them all! And the students slept better than they even realized – they slept in until we woke them at 9.

The guides, Damien and Paul were very patient with us! and delightful company, their presentations and lessons in medieval weaponry were very enlightening. Very fun!

We had a delightful time. Everyone enjoyed Damien’s excellent and informative tour, our private concert, fun activities, and the abundance of delicious food. I also enjoyed making friends with Jackson the chicken. :) Copper was lovely, too, and I can imagine the experience with sheep and cows as well. What a fun experience! If I were a mother or schoolteacher in Ireland, I’d love to bring kids to stay overnight! We’ll definitely recommend the Heritage Park to friends traveling, and hope to keep bringing student groups.

I don’t know if Damien wore a monk’s habit because we were a Christian group on a spiritual retreat, but it was so fitting for him to demonstrate a coracle in his habit.

I hope to get to visit again someday.

Thank Liz M
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I'm 8 and I went to the heritage park with my family it's really fun especially for the children cause they get to have a go at loads of different things and jimmy the tour guide is really nice and the lady at the till when you come in is really nice.its all about Ireland thousands of years ago and the Vikings.You get to collect gold at the end and see a rooster called Jackson that can do the moon walk if you go there spread the word cause its so good it's in Wexford.

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