Things to do in Wexford
Activities, Attractions & Events
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
Wexford Heritage Trail
An age-old gateway into Ireland, County Wexford is steeped in history dating back to the Stone Age, over 6,000 years ago. Journey through time and meet our ancestors – Celts, Christians, Vikings, Normans, French, Welsh and English – who have left us a quite remarkable heritage, unrivaled anywhere else in Ireland. For more information go to visitwexford.ie
Gardens: Wexford Garden Trail
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: Wexford Walking Trail
In County Wexford we have a diversity of walking trails to accommodate a range of abilities and interests: mountain and hill walking; coastal; riverside; woodland; historic and scenic. For mopre information and trail maps visit wexfordwalkingtrail.ie
Walking: Wicklow Walking Trails
Marlfield is conveniently located to explore County Wicklow – The Garden of Ireland. Visit visitwicklow.ie for walking trails and maps.
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.
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 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.
A guided tour of the famous Waterford Crystal factory where you will witness the craft of blowing and cutting glass in Ireland.
Crafts: Wexford Craft Trail
Across this historic county in the towns, villages and down country lanes you will find the studios of today’s practitioners of traditional crafts. For more information go to visitwexford.ie
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.