Moyglare Lodge B&B is surrounded by numerous fascinating Heritage and Historical Sites.

Wexford County offers a truely fascinating trip through the ancient history of Ireland including Castle's, Abbey's and even the second oldest operational Lighthouse in the world.

Ferns Castle. 42 Km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Ferns Castle

The castle was built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl Marshall. Originally, the castle formed a square, with large corner towers. Only half of the castle now remains. The most complete tower contains a fine circular chapel, with carved ornament. The tower also has several original fireplaces and a vaulted basement. Archaeological excavations revealed a rock- cut ditch outside the castle walls.

Ferns Castle is one of a number of historic sites in Ferns. Others include St. Mary's, a 12th century Augustinian Priory; the remains of a 13th century cathedral, part of which is incorporated into the present Church of Ireland Church; St. Peter's, a small nave and chancel church; and some High Crosses and parts of crosses, which stand in the cathedral grounds.

Kilmokea Garden.50 Km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Kilmokea Gardens

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens is situated on Great Island near Campile, New Ross where no site in Ireland can boast greater antiquity nor more general embrace by all and every invader of which our archaeology, mythology and history is aware. There is a depth of richness in the unspoilt nature of these gardens where the first Tree Fairy Village of it’s kind in Ireland attracts thousands of Fairy hunters who all adore the ever increasing avenues of fairy homes in the beautiful ancient trees growing in the woodland.

The wall garden is a place of peace and reflection with rose gardens, pools and herbaceous planting. Love seats are placed around every corner waiting to provide comfort for moments of contemplation. The potager designed as a box maize grows fruit and vegetables for the big house where B&B guests enjoy Organic pleasures. Spring water cascades in series of waterfalls through the woodland garden flowing past The Viking Settlement, Norman Motte,& Smaug the tree dragon before entering ‘The Myrtle wood’ story where woodland creatures live in lanterns in the trees waiting to meet garden visitors.

To depict the historical influence of Kilmokea Hotel Great Island, we have created a small Viking settlement and a Norman Motte & Baily. All these great new additions will create the perfect day out for everybody.

These peaceful spiritual gardens open during Easter weekend. Garden opening times are from 10am daily with the Cafe open from 12 noon.

They are beautifully laid out around a pretty georgian house overlooking the River Barrow. Topiary, lawns, herbaceous and mixed plantings combine with architectural features and ornaments to provide an enchanting series of enclosures. A Large water garden extends into woodland planted with rare and tender trees and shrubs. The large Organic fruit and vegetable garden has been opened to the public this year. Originally started in 1947 these gardens host a wide selection of rare and tender trees and shrubs. With over 130 different species the garden is a delight to both the keen amateur and the more serious horticulturist. Presently Kilmokea Gardens holds an Irish Heritage Garden certificate which is a justifiable reward for 65 years of creation and dedication.

Within the walled garden its rooms lead from one design feature to the next. The Italian loggia and pool with its fine stone pillars is the perfect resting area from which to look across the garden to the quarter garden brimming with Iris and Roses. The herbaceous border is full of old-fashioned plants featuring the ‘hot” colours of the red Maltese cross lychnis and foamy yellow thalictrum.

The woodland garden, with its host of winding paths provides an exciting display of exotic plants. Cultivation of this area began in 1968 with the excavation of the large pond. It was here that a millstone and flume from a horizontal mill were found dating back to the 7th Century The acid soil of this lower garden provides the perfect environment for Rhododendrons, tender Camellias eucryphias and magnolias not to mention Echiums, the giant borage which is closely associated with Kilmokea.

Kilmokea Hotel Great Island is a delight to view in the Spring with its mass of flowers, Summer with the Herbaceous plants at their height, Autumn with its subtle changing of colours and Winter with its fine silhouettes. We know you will enjoy this year-round wonderland. You are most welcome.

Kilmokea, as well as being a beautiful Heritage Garden of 7 acres, is one of the most historic sites in the South East. Great Island was once an island…. It has a history going back thousands of years possible to 2000 BC – shards of pottery have been found from the early Bronze Age as well as funerary and domestic sites. The great Thomas Westropp described Green Island as one of the largest and most remarkable forts in Ireland.

The Viking visited this area and settled on both sides of the river Barrow – Viking raiders also sacked the monastery here . The Viking raided the site here at least 4 times and came as far away as the Orkneys -… The Normans who arrived in 1169 also say the strategic value of this area linking Waterford and Wexford. Once the town of New Ross was established around 1200, the town of the Island went into a decline and eventually disappeared

Kilmokea has created a Viking Settlement & Norman Motte along with the first Fairy Village in the Trees in Ireland and ‘The Myrtle Wood’ story book is alive in the woodland garden with the characters of the book sitting in the trees and in log piles

Duncannon Fort. 43 Km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Duncannon Fort

“Duncannon Fort is an important sixteenth century coastal bastioned fort situated on a rocky promontory which contains earlier archaeological remains in the form of a fifteenth century castle with associated curtain wall and towers and, probably, an earlier prehistoric promontory fort. The fort is one of only three bastioned forts built in County Wexford and the only one which is accessible to the public. It is in the ownership of both the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Wexford County Council.” Duncannon Fort Conservation Plan 2016 – Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology

Guided tours are offered under licence by Hook Rural Tourism, a community organisation working to promote the Hook Peninsula since 1966.

Ballyhack Castle.44 Km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Ballyhack Castle

Ballyhack Castle is located on a steep slope in a commanding position overlooking Waterford estuary. The castle, a large tower house, is thought to have been built c. 1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John, one of the two great military orders founded at the beginning of the 12th century at the time of the Crusades.

Johnstown Castle 7 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Johnstown Castle and Gardens

The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson who is famed for the gardens at Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow.

Stroll through the grounds with over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. Relax by the castle lakeside with its Gothic towers, waterfalls and statues. Enjoy a picnic in the sunken Italian garden or museum courtyard. Watch the peacocks strut by and display their finery. View the ruins of Rathlannon Castle. And while you’re there, don’t forget to allow some time to visit the fascinating Irish Agricultural Museum!

Hook Lighthouse. 53 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Hook Head Lighthouse

Lighthouses have a magic and mysticism of their own; none more so than the 13th Century Hook Lighthouse. Come and explore the fascinating history of the world’s oldest working lighthouse established from a beacon in the 6th century to a grand tower built by the ‘greatest knight that ever lived’ William Marshall to generations of devoted light keepers protecting lives at sea.

EXPLORE Today you can be guided up the 115 well worn spiral steps of the tower and explore the thick walled chamber, with each ascending step trail the daily and nightly ritual of every light keeper who served at Hook Lighthouse.

Journey through the ages of the world’s oldest working lighthouse and learn the tales and fascinating stories of those who spent their lives watching over the safety of those at sea from your first meeting with the life-sized hologram figure of St. Dubhan, who tells of perishing nights spent with his fellow monks in the 5th century warning sailors against the dangers with a beacon they kept alight on the headland.

WILLIAM MARSHAL Climb further and meet another life-sized figure, Strongbow’s son in law William Marshal, lauded with the title ‘the greatest knight that ever lived’. Marshal tells of his empire in the Southeast of Ireland and how he built the lighthouse tower in the 13th century in order to guide shipping to his Port at New Ross, Wexford.

AWESOME VIEWS Onwards you will discover the real-life stories of the Light keepers and their families and as you reach the four-storey high balcony at the top of the tower, enjoy the vista of the steely blue seas and the graveyard of 1,000 ships including the great Cromwell flagship ‘Great Lewis’ in the 17th century. Enjoy the marine visitors, as you will spot dolphins, seals and even whales.

The Irish National Heritage Park. 13 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Irish National Heritage Park

BEGIN AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY Through 9000 years of Irish History. Enter a special place where Ireland's heritage comes alive with sights and sounds that shaped a country and helped to shape the world.

Enniscorthy Castle. 31 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Enniscorthy Castle

Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy town, was originally built in the 13th century, and has been ‘home’ to Norman knights, English armies, Irish rebels and prisoners, and local merchant families.

Why not visit our dungeon to see the rare medieval wall art –The Swordsman, or our battlements at the top of the castle to marvel at the amazing views of Vinegar Hill Battlefield, Enniscorthy town, and the sights, flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside.

Colclough Walled Gardens. 36 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Colclough Walled Gardens

This Georgian Walled Garden was built by the Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) family over 200 years ago, before 1814. Restoration work by volunteers, organised by Hook Tourism, began in July 2010, after a five-year licence was signed with the garden’s owners Coillte Teoranta.

The original layout of the Walled Garden has been reinstated as it was in the 1830’s. The main features of this 2.5 acre stone/brick lined Walled Garden include curved corners, two intra mural structures on the dividing brick wall which splits the garden into two sections, east (Ornamental) and west (Kitchen), and a river, crossed by 5 bridges, which flows through the length of the Walled Garden.

It is situated in a verdant vale with beautiful wooded scenery filled with songbirds. Visitors pass through the quondam village of Tintern along the woodland path where bluebells and wild garlic abound in springtime. In summer beech trees cast a dappled shade until the open blue sky of the Walled Garden is reached, where Colclough eagles still fly.

Tintern Abbey. 36 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Tintern Abbey

A Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s.Everyone knows Guinness, it's a worl

Selskar Abbey. 10 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Selskar Abbey

Selskar Abbey is a ruined medieval abbey that stands in the heart of Wexford Town. Although the original abbey was built in the 1100s, there are several indications that the area was home to an earlier Christian site, which probably pre-dated the arrival of the Vikings in 800AD (according to a number of other sources, there is evidence to suggest that this was also the location of a pre-Christian temple that was dedicated to the Norse god Odin). This ecclesiastical site would have overlooked the River Slaney at the time, as the land past Redmond Square was not reclaimed until later years. It is also worth noting that parts of the abbey complex existed inside and outside of Wexford’s town wall, and that the prominent stone gate at Westgate would have provided access to the part of the abbey that we see today.

1798 Rebellion Centre. 31 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

1798 Rebellion Centre.

On your visit you will meet the key figures of the Rebellion, participate in our state of the art 4D battle of Vinegar Hill Experience, discover how weapons from the period worked and learn in gruesome detail how some 20,000 insurgents faced the might of 10,000 well-trained and well-armed Crown Forces.

Vinegar Hill. 31 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Vinegar Hill

The Battle of Vinegar Hill occured during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 on 21 June 1798 when over 15,000 British soldiers launched an attack on Vinegar Hill, Enniscorthy. It marked a turning point in the rebellion, as it the last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

Browne Clayton Monument. 32 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

The Browne Clayton Monument was designed by Thomas Cobden in 1839 at the request of landowner Robert Browne-Clayton in the memory of his comrade, General Ralph Abercromby, who died in Egypt during the Napoleonic Wars. The monument is modelled after Pompey’s Pillar in Alexandria, built in 296 AD, and is unique for being the only internally-accessible Corinthian column in existence. In December 1994 the column was struck by lightning, dislodging many of the upper stones, pushing the walls apart and leaving a five metre-high fissure in its wake. Through the efforts of The World Monuments Fund, the Wexford Monument Trust, and Wexford County Council, a major fundraising exercise was launched, toward which the Irish Georgian Society contributed €5,000.

The Browne Clayton monument is a freestanding column which dominates Carrigadaggan Hill in Co. Wexford. Made of Mount Leinster granite, it soars at ninety-four feet tall and is surmounted by a grand Corinthian capital. A staircase is entered through the stepped base and winds through the column, leading to a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

Dunbrody Famine Ship. 43 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Dunbrody Famine Ship

Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions in the South East of Ireland. Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience.

Incorporating guided tour, costumed performers and themed exhibitions of the highest quality, ‘The Dunbrody’ provides a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude with which Irish people faced up to a desperate situation.

The Dunbrody Irish Emigrant Experience

The story of Ireland is, in many ways, a story of continuous migration. Many disparate groups came to Ireland over the millennia, each one leaving their mark on the character of the island. Early Stone-age settlers came, and were followed by the Iron-age Celts. Viking traders founded the first towns in Ireland. Christian missionaries built the first monasteries. The Normans came from France via England and Wales. They built stone castles and European style market towns. Later the Plantation of Ulster brought Scottish and English settlers.

These were the arrivals, but the departures are equally notable. For more than fifteen hundred years the Irish have traveled far and wide, as Missionaries, Mercenaries, and Exiles. The Irish spread religion and learning in dark-age Europe. They fought in continental wars, and they sought refuge from political repression in Spain and France.

The 19th century brought much hardship and strife to Ireland. The oppression of a disenfranchised majority inspired political conflict, and a burgeoning civil rights movement. In 1845 potato blight killed the staple crop of the Irish tenant farmers. This economic blow was exacerbated by the disinterest, and outright hostility, towards Ireland of British politicians. Due to the inaction of Westminster famine ensued. Within seven years, 1 million people had died and 1.5 million had emigrated. A new pattern of mass emigration was in place, and would continue for a century and a half.

Dunbrody Abbey. 46 km's by car from Moyglare Lodge B&B.

Dunbrody Abbey

Dunbrody Abbey was founded in 1170 on the instructions of Strongbow, by Herve de Montmorency (his uncle), after the Norman invasion of Ireland. It was completed circa 1220, but additions may have continued for some time. Herve de Montmorency made a grant of the lands to the monks of Bildewas in Shropshire (England), on condition that they should build the Abbey, for some monks of the Cistercian, or White Order (they wore white robes), and upon condition that there should be a Sanctuary in the Abbey for all malefactors. Dedicated to "St. Mary the ever Blessed Virgin, and St. Benedict" it has sometimes been called the Abbey of St. Mary de Port, for the refuge it contained by the express condition of its founder.

Herve de Montmorency became the first Abbot of Dunbrody and died there in 1205, at the age of 75, and was buried in the Abbey. The Abbey flourished for several centuries, but not without certain problems. In 1355, the Abbot and his monks appear to have taken to the Highway line of business, for it is said that William de Ross, Abbot of Dunbrody, and Adam and Hugh Barry, monks, were indicted for imprisoning one Thomas Herlyn, a monk of Tintern, and stealing two of his horses to the value of forty shillings. Also they expelled Thomas de Wiggemore, Abbot of Tintern, and robbed him of three horses to the value of eight marks. They were acquitted, perhaps fortunately.

The Abbey's demise started when Alexander Devereux, the last Abbot of Dunbrody, granted to the King, his heirs and successors, the Abbey and all its possessions circa 1542. Alexander Devereux changed religion, and became the Bishop of Ferns. The lands and Abbey then came into the possession of the Etchingham family. In 1642, Jane Etchingham, the heiress, married the second Earl of Donegall, whose descendants (Chichester family) own the lands to this day. It was handed over by the Chichester family to the Office of Public Works in 1911, and is maintained to the standards you see today by them.

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Moyglare Lodge B&B Wexford

Moyglare Lodge Country House B&B is a beautiful Family run Guest House in the village of Killinick county Wexford, known as the Sunny South East of Ireland.

Moyglare Lodge Country House B&B is perfectly situated halfway between Rosslare Harbour, Ferryport, and Wexford Town making it the perfect destination for overnight travelers catching the morning ferry and the longer term holiday makers looking for comfortable family accommodation from which to explore all the attractions Wexford has to offer.

Moyglare Lodge Country House B&B offers 10 comfortable spacious rooms catering for single occupancy or up to a Family of four. A delicious fresh breakfast is included and Yes, we are a Pet Friendly Guest House, B&B, so you can bring the family dog too, just let us know ahead of time please.

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