Welcome to a journey that will take you deep into Ireland’s past. In this Park, which stretches over 35 acres of woodland, wetland, estuary and high ground, you will visit the houses, farms, places of worship and burial of our long-vanished ancestors. With 16 separate sites dotted through unspoiled landscape, the Irish National Heritage Park offers a unique perspective on the past. Explore the unique fen woodland. Pan for gold, wattle your own house, draw rock art and row your own coracle boat. Archery, spear throwing and the Big Dig await you. Multi–lingual audio-visual presentations available.
What’s to see?
Full scale reconstructions of ancient houses, forts and tombs; fully reconstructed early Christian monastery, mill, cooking place and Viking boatyard and boats. Ancient bread animals at the Ringfort ( seasonal only); Woodland trails, wildlife, plants and flowers; original defensive ditch built by first Norman invaders to Ireland; Round Tower memorial to Crimean War.
How long should I leave for my visit?
We recommend you leave at least 2 hours for your visit, but you could easily spend half a day here or more.
Are there any special tours?
Yes. Guided tours are available at no extra cost to the admission rate. However booking is required. Alternatively, if you wish to explore at your own pace, we can offer you an audio – tour (small charge applies).
Is there an Audio Visual?
There are two Audio Visuals – one in the Visitor Centre, dealing with Ireland’s prehistoric past, and in the Monastic site looking at Ireland’s early Christian monasteries.
Are there foreign language facilities?
The audio visual presentation in the visitor centre is available in Irish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish and Italian and is 16 minutes in duration. At each of the exhibits there is an interpretative panel with information in all of the above languages.
What facilities are on site?
There is a restaurant in the Visitor Centre and a well –stocked gift shop. Toilets and picnic facilities are available at the visitor Centre and there are also toilets within the Park itself, near the Water Mill.
How accessible is the Park to the physically impaired?
The Park is for the most part wheelchair friendly. Some trails may not be suitable for wheelchairs, but these are clearly marked. The audio tour has been specially designed with the visually impaired in mind and Guide Dogs are welcomed. There are also three separate audio units in place in the Ringfort, the Crannog and the Viking site which will help visually impaired enjoy these sites.
Are there any special events organised in the Park?
Throughout the year we have an extensive calendar of events. Please feel free to visit our events page for more details.
Are dogs allowed ?
The park has an abundance of wildlife and because of this only guide dogs are permitted.
The Irish National Heritage Park is not-for-profit organisation. All receipts from admissions, shop and restaurant go directly towards the running of the Park. The Irish National Heritage Park is located at Ferrycarrig, Wexford in the South East of Ireland. Please visit our How to get here page for more details on how to find us.