7 Things To Do In Wexford With Kids

Our first family holiday has just ended. We had a fantastic jam packed week full of brilliant memories. We travelled all the way to Ireland’s Ancient East and settled ourselves down for a week in Kilmore, County Wexford. The thoughts of travelling on a plane, train or boat with Little Bean was stressful enough so we decided a Staycation in the sunny South East would do. And boy did it do! And boy was it sunny! What a week! Here’s our itinerary and tips and tricks to make it through some of the icredible things Wexford has to offer with a four and a one year old.



*** All of these recommendations are 100% based on our holiday in Wexford in August 2018, the places we visited, where we stayed and where we ate. Completely chosen and paid for from our own pocket ***

Where To Stay

Wexford Kilmore Cottages

Kilmore Cottages

With two picky eaters and early bedtimers we decided on self-catering for our week long stay. After spending quite some time searching in January, we found Kilmore Cottages. A perfect location and perfect house to stay in.

Run by John and Helen Cousins, we were warmly welcomed on arrival and wonderfully surprised by the house at Kilmore Cottages. A large house, one of three on a private lot, it had absolutely everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. My parents joined us on this holiday and with six of us, there was plenty of room for us to swing a cat in.

In July, in a mad panic I called Helen to change from the two bedroom house to the three bedroomed house. Fears of Little Bean keeping everyone awake with her random, two hour, middle of the night wakings, gave me a cold sweat. Helen was so accommodating and turns out the extra room was needed!

John even showed us around their farm where we met Molly the dog, who Little Miss fell in love with, the donkeys Chocolate, Pie and Silver and the chickens who made me pine for my lot at home.

I would highly recommend Kilmore Cottages. Their four star self catering holiday homes are close to everything. Kilmore Quay is less than ten minutes down the road and Wexford town a handy twenty minute drive away. Everything was easily accessible with the N11 so close by and the route from Dublin/Meath was a doddle!

What To Do! What To See!

Wexford Kia Ora Mini Farm

1 – Kia Ora Mini Farm

Where – Courteencurragh, Gorey, County Wexford

Price – €7.50 per person

Suitable for all ages – Yes. Activities suitable for Little Bean at 1yo and plenty for Little Miss at 4yo. Older kids would appreciate Crazy Football and the GoKarts. Buggy friendly.

Kilmore was working out at being a 2.5 hour road trip which is a bit much for the little legs in the backseat. We decided to start our holiday with a stop off at Kia Ora Mini Farm a short hop off the main route. I had heard lots of good things about this place and held up high hopes. It has its good and bad (like most places. Nothing’s perfect) but overall, I was very happy that we made the time and effort to bring the kids here.

Kia Ora Mini Farm is an open farm with a few extra quirky bits and bobs to it. Little Bean adores animals so she was in her element but Little Miss at four years old is well accustomed to a few animals behind wooden fences. Never fear! There was so much for her to do here.

An avid lover of mazes she was in her element with the maze construction and happily ran around, finding her way out a hundred times to get to the slide. Even Little Bean enjoyed getting lost in here with Momma Bear. Designed especially so parents can guide the kids out, this open maze was great fun. No complaints here.

Next up was crazy football which Little Miss and Papa Bear had great fun trying to complete. The only problem was that a lot, or pretty much all of the balls were deflated or busted making it tough to complete the course. But who doesn’t love a challenge.

They also had great fun trying to manoeuvre a Go kart together which had me in stitches considering Little Miss couldn’t reach the pedals or figure out the steering. They managed though and boy did they laugh.

We had a ride in Fireman Sam’s fire engine which was a little disappointing considering the kids couldn’t see out the window and it didn’t feel like we were in a firetruck as it was converted for seating. But hey it’s another experience and we were still all smiles.

We found our way to the chickens and laughed so hard when a cockeral gave Little Miss a fright as she made her way through on a trike. Later on, Papa Bear was happy out helping Little Miss dig a hole with a kiddies tractor too.

Around Kia Ora Mini Farm there are plenty of activities and time can easily disappear here. There are however quite a lot of broken or old items that could be easily repaired or replaced especially for toddlers. Seeing broken activities or worn down toys is quite disappointing considering the €7.50 entry fee per person.

In all though we did enjoy it and it was a fun start to our holidays. You could easily spend three or more hours here. Because we were on a schedule we stayed for two hours but still felt we did everything. Everything except a picnic.

There is a small cafe here but there is plenty of space to bring a picnic and set yourself up for the day.

2 – Kilmore Quay

Wexford Kilmore Quay

Where – Kilmore Quay, Kilmore, County Wexford

Price – Bring Ice cream and chip money!

Suitable for all ages – Yes. Buggy friendly.

Kilmore Quay is a little piece of heaven. Little Miss loved it as we walked along the beach, the harbour, and found the playground where she practised her balancing skills over and over again.

It’s a must to tick Kilmore Quay off your list and find the Hidden Gem and pick up a souvenir from your holiday. There is the option for a short ferry trip over to the Saltee Islands to explore the puffins. We passed on this adventure as there is no way Little Bean would have been co-operative.

Kilmore Quay is a must for a stroll and an ice cream or two. Little Miss loved exploring the Smurfs village, as she called it, with the thatch roofs and small roads.

The Saltee Chipper is said to serve the best chips in the area which of course we had to try while Little Bean happily chowed down on a lemon! Watch out for the queues though! The Saltee Chipper is a very popular spot! Before our chips, we had an ice cream in the parlour next door because when you’re on holiday, dessert comes first!

Speaking of food, up the road from Kilmore Quay, around the corner from where we were staying, is Mary Barry’s. Another must for your trip to Wexford. Mary Barry’s acclaimed and award winning food is genuinely beautiful. An oddity in some ways, considering it sits almost in the middle of no where and seems to always be busy. It’s reputation clearly travels far and wide as everyone flocks here for a pint, the live music and most certainly for the food.

3 – Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens

Wexford Johnstown Castle

Where – Johnstown Castle Estate, County Wexford

Price – €5 per car for parking and visiting the gardens. Museum is extra which we did not visit. The Castle is currently closed for renovations until 2019.

Suitable for all ages – Yes. Buggy friendly.

Johnstown Castle Estate is currently undergoing major redevelopments. When it is finished, I imagine it will be a magical wonderland. As it stands, we really enjoyed our day out here despite noticeably being aware of the necessary improvements in the area.

Johnstown is a sprawling step back in time with amazing architecture, stunning garden landscapes and beautiful walks. Upgrades include a playground which will of course be a welcome feature. We visited every area of Johnstown except the museum since Little Bean grew a little too tired for any more activity. But we felt satisfied with our visit. We collected pine cones and funny shaped sticks for our never ending collection, we walked the legs off us venturing through the old world, we found the sunken garden and the walled garden, and even managed a rice krispie bun in the café.

It really was a beautiful day out. We talked about the amazing potential Johnstown Estate has and will surely come back to visit when the improvements have been made. That’s not to say that it’s not worth a visit now. It is!

4 – Well’s House and Gardens

Wexford Wells House

Where –  Ballyedmond, Gorey, Wexford

Price – €10 per car. Buy a token at the visitor centre to exit.

Suitable for all ages – Yes. Buggy friendly.

I more or less hyped Wells House up in my head and expected a bit more than we got. Expectations are a terrible thing but despite hoping for something a little better, Wells was a fun day out with the most amazing fairy walk ever!

Before we explored the forest however we checked out the playground and even had a go at Archery which Little Miss is still beaming about! Papa Bear had a go too and I’m not at all jealous!

But it’s the excitement of the fairy walk which will keep us all going for a while. Little Miss bounded through the woodland knocking on all of the fairy doors, watching out for glitter and making wishes in the wishing well. We met the Gruffalos Child and the Gruffalo himself and kept our eyes peeled for Owl, Snake and Fox.

Needing a well deserved rest we made our way to a very crowded and busy Mrs Stone’s Restaurant. At times, options are welcomed but we had no option but to go to Mrs Stone’s since it was the only eatery in the area without having to hop back into the car. The food was absolutely beautiful but the restaurant itself was not all that comfortable with bad acoustics, cramped tables and slow service.

Wells House was certainly an interesting visit and I hate to criticise it in any way because there was a beautiful charm to it with the outdoor games area, the quirky courtyard shops, pygmy goats and raccoons. There is no doubt however that Wells is a must on the list when you visit the sunny South East.

5 – Playzone

Wexford Playzone

Where –  Clonard Retail Park, Wexford

Price – €5 per child for 1.5 hours play

Suitable for all ages – Yes.

We took a detour from our outdoor adventures and took the two little ones to exhaust themselves at soft play. Playzone in Wexford was great fun and both Little Miss and Little Bean had such a good time. Five euro for an hour and a half play isn’t bad but best of all, the coffee was good!

Right beside Playzone is Ken Blacks so of course we had to go in and spend some pocket money on some new toys!

6 – National Heritage Park

Wexford national heritage park

Where –  Clonard Retail Park, Wexford

Price – €10 per adult. Under four is free.

Suitable for all ages – Yes. Buggy friendly.

The National Heritage Park was simply fantastic and one of the highlights of our holiday. It is a must when you visit Wexford and is worth the car journey from Dublin just for it alone.

It reminded me in some ways of the school tours we took as kids only better. There are 16 different sites you can visit in the National Heritage Park exploring reconstuctions of life in Ireland down through the ages. Little Miss loved it here and felt like a real explorer as she made her way from site to site learning about old Ireland.

So many additional activities for kids like searching for gold, a playground, archery and more added to the day. The walk itself is beautiful, the reconstuctions are brilliantly done and the layout of the entire park is seamless and effortless for visitors with something to explore at every corner.

Buckets of rain momentarily ruined the day as it seemed the entire park fled to the restaurant from shelter but waiting for a table didn’t take long and the food was worth the wait.

We spent a massive chunk of the day here and would definitely revisit again when the kids are older and can understand the history better.

7 – Leisure Max

Wexford leisure max

Where –  Sinnotstown Lane, Drinagh, Wexford

Price – varies depending on activity.

Suitable for all ages – not everything is suitable for toddlers so we left Little Bean with her grandparents back in Kilmore.

We took a gamble on the last day as the rain decided to join us and headed into Wexford with Little Miss to see what the Leisure Max had to offer. Since there are very few activities here for Little Bean, Nana and Granda were happy to spend the day with her while we explored.

Myself and Papa Bear haven’t been bowling in years and when Little Miss saw the lanes she insisted we give it a go. At €35 for an hour, bowling isn’t cheap but we had a fun time despite forgetting that bowling is not all that easy on the wrist. After almost three games and Little Miss proudly telling every one that she won, we headed upstairs to the indoor soft play. €7.50 for 1.5 hours play is expensive enough but Little Miss enjoyed herself despite losing a sock mysteriously somewhere en-route.

After happily exhausting herself we headed back downstairs to Big Al’s Diner and chowed down on burgers, chips and popcorn chicken. I wasn t expecting much but the food here was delish!

We had a great time at the Leisure Max and it’s definitely worth a visit if the rain buckets down and the kids are begging for something less cultural, historical and less walking!

Wexford is a truly wonderful place and I know we’ll be back!

5 thoughts on “7 Things To Do In Wexford With Kids

  • August 26, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Glad you had a good time, Wexford really has so much to offer families. We live 2 minutes from Kia Ora, it’s brilliant. We’re regulars at Wells House and love the Heritage Park.

    • August 26, 2018 at 10:52 am

      You are so lucky to have so many amazing places at ypur door step. This was our first time in Wexford and it was absolutely brilliant. What a place! We’ll definitely be back so Little Bean can explore like her big sis did. Wexford is a bit of heaven ♡♡♡

  • August 26, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    We’ve done many day trips to Wexford and not visited any of these!!

    If I had a Euro for every time I say “we should take the kids to Kia Ora mini farm” I’d be a millionaire.

    Looks like you had a brilliant time.
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