We drove to the venue. It is a short drive from Wexford Town and is just off the main Rosslare to Dublin Road. There was plenty of parking, despite the castle and grounds being very busy.
We arrived at around 11am and the weather was lovely. From the minute we entered the premises, the atmosphere was great. Staff were very friendly and helpful in the visitor centre.
The reception area was bright and welcoming and our host showed us a map with the different areas of the castle and grounds. The kids were invited to participate in an Easter Egg treasure trail of the grounds and this was an excellent way to keep their attention as we walked around. I would definitely recommend this trail as it was great for the kids and kept them interested in the various features of the walk and the castle. There are other trails available when it is not Easter too.
There are over 4km of lake and garden walks, which are fully accessible and dogs are welcome.
Over the course of our visit, we used the toilets a few times and each time the facilities were spotless.
After our treasure trail, we went on a tour of the castle. The tour is only €4 per adult and €2 per child (Under 5’s are free), concessions are available for OAP’s and students.
On the tour, our host Antoinette, was very informative and included the kids in all areas of the tour. She made sure to include the kids by giving them little facts that were age-relevant and answering all their questions. She even made sure to give them a round of applause at the end of the tour for their behaviour. The tour itself took just over an hour and was divided among the various rooms and features of the castle. A lift is available within the castle to ensure that all areas are assessible for everyone.
After lunch, we finished our treasure trail and headed to the playground. I really loved the fact that the playground blended in with the environment so well with most of the attractions constructed from wood and other natural materials. There was something for every age child in the playground along with nice seating areas.
On our way out, we returned to the visitor centre and spent some time in the shop. The shop is stocked with beautiful gifts and a variety of locally sourced produce such as jams, preserves, chocolate, etc. There was a lovely selection of children’s games, books and gifts for all ages, along with Irish hand-made gifts.