Activities, Attractions & Events

Things to do & see in Wexford

As the residence of the Earls of Courtown, in its day Marlfield welcomed the gentry in their pursuit of leisure. The Bowe family have maintained the traditions of country pursuits and today guests can enjoy the luxury accommodations of the house and a host of activities. We also have a croquet lawn and tennis court on the grounds and many different breeds of duck and geese and black swans on the lake. Marlfield House is convenient located in North Wexford and is a perfect base for exploring Ireland’s Ancient East, especially Wicklow & Wexford. County Wexford is famous for its long white sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages, abbeys and castles and lush rolling countryside, the Sunny South East is awaiting discovery.

For more detailed guides please visit irelandsancienteast.com or visitwexford.ie

Activities

Croquet Lawn and Tennis Court

Tennis courts and croquet are available on the grounds. Please enquire at the reception.

Equestrian & Hunting

County Wexford offers beautiful horse riding trails. We can arrange riding in a local riding school for people with all levels of experience. The ‘Island Hunt’ hunts in our area every week. Our team would be delighted to arrange first class horses for a day’s hunting in the south east of Ireland for our guests. Please contact us for more details.

Archery & Laser Pigeon Shooting

Marlfield House provides the perfect backdrop for both archery and laser pigeon shooting and we can arrange both for groups of 10 or more. Both are competitive and versatile sports where strength and accuracy are tested to the full.

Golf

Marlfield House Hotel is located close to many well-known Golf Clubs, which include the following:

Courtown 5 minutes, The European, Woodenbridge and Enniscorthy 25 minutes, Arklow 15 minutes, Druid’s Glen and Wexford Golf Club 45 minutes, St Helen’s Bay 55 minutes and Mount Juliet 1¼ hours. Others Golf courses in the area include Faithlegg Golf Club, Charlesland Golf Club and Blainroe. We will be happy to arrange tee times for our guests.

Kia Ora Mini Farm

Kia Ora is a spacious open farm and offers plenty of room for group tours. They have ample tractors, karts and diggers for everyone. Indoor and outdoor pet areas offer a large variety of animals that children get to hold and feed from the usual farmyard variety to some more exotic such as llamas, emus, alpacas or pot bellied pigs.

Kia Ora Open Farm is a safe place for children to roam and learn about the animals and for adults to relax. They have an onsite coffee shop with mouth watering homebaking but picnics are also welcome with plenty of outdoor seating for those fine summer days. Adults on their own and of course couples are also welcome at the farm and many couples find it a romantic change from the normal date, especially if they love animals as much as Kia Ora Open Farm does!

Attractions

Dunbrody Famine Ship

Explore the spectacular Dunbrody Famine Ship above and below deck, step back in time as costumed performers set the scene for a journey that transformed the lives of thousands and be immersed in the sights and sounds of a real life famine ship. For more visit dunbrody.com

Irish National Heritage Park

Take an incredible journey through 9000 years of Ireland’s past in our outdoor museum! Explore the world of our ancestors as you roam freely through 35 acres of woodlands and wetlands trails.

National 1798 Rebellion Centre

Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the events of 1798 in Ireland are etched forever on Irish history. Vividly re-told in an exciting interpretation of events the “Rebellion Experience” at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre is not to be missed.

Johnstown Castle

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.

Gardens

Wexford and Wicklow have more than a few very famous gardens including Powerscourt, Kilruddery, Mount Usher, Kilmokee, Johnstown Castle and a number of other gardens within 45 minutes drive from Marlfield. To discover gardens in County Wexford visit  Wexford Garden Trail of which Marlfield is also a member.

Walking

The long white sandy Wexford beaches of the east coast and the many walks and trails through the hills and lakes of Wicklow provide ample choice for the avid walker.

Local Tours

County Wexford is famous for its long white sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages, abbeys and castles and lush rolling countryside, the sunny south east is awaiting discovery. Fore more details please enquire at the reception.

County Wicklow

The Garden of Ireland is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Glendalough and its monastic settlements, the Sally Gap and the Blessington lakes to name but a few specific spots, are all well worth a visit and just a short drive from Marlfield.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny is Ireland’s Medieval Capital and is the perfect destination for a day outing with its 12th Century Castle & Cathedral, Abbeys and many leading crafts persons.

Waterford Crystal

A guided tour of the famous Waterford Crystal factory where you will witness the craft of blowing and cutting glass in Ireland.

Events

Wexford Festival Opera

19th Oct – 5th Nov 2017

Wexford Festival Opera is one of the leading Opera Festivals in the World and each year attracts audiences from home and abroad who travel to Wexford to experience this unique celebration of Opera. Marlfield House guests can avail of special packages, including tickets and transportation.

Art in the Open

30th Jul – 7th Aug 2017

Take a deep breath of plein air at this painting festival based in Wexford town. Open to all artists, it features paint-outs, workshops, life drawing, lectures, social events and an exhibition of work produced. For more visit artintheopen.org

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival

4th Aug – 7th Aug 2017

The Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival 2017 promises a fun weekend with outdoor music events, a Rock & Roll Gig Trail and food, craft and beer markets, and plenty of activities, too for younger festival goers. For more, visit rockinfoodfestival.com

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

20th May – 28th May 2017

Gain some knowledge in the great outdoors at this year’s Bealtaine Living Earth Festival in New Ross, Co Wexford. For more visit livingearth.ie

Wexford Garden Trail Festival

1st Jul – 2nd Jul 2017

It’s all coming up roses at the Wexford County Flower and Garden Festival’s 50th anniversary celebration, a garden trail that will have you weaving all over the county, from Gorey to New Ross and everywhere in between. For more visit wexfordgardentrail.com

Strawberry & Street Rhythms Festival

2nd Jun – 4th Jun 2017

Wexford Strawberry Festival. Wexford Strawberry Festival in Enniscorthy County Wexford celebrates the strawberry. Events include the crowning of the Strawberry Queen, The Strawberry Ball, All Ireland Farmers Market Competition, food demonstrations, music and sporting events.

to view all Events in Co Wexford go to visitwexford.ie