Want to immerse yourself in the history of Enniscorthy – a town over 1,500 years old?
1. Enniscorthy Castle
This castle – originally from the 13th century – has been ‘home’ to Norman knights, English armies, Irish rebels and prisoners, and local merchant families. Why not visit the dungeon to see rare medieval wall art or walk on the castle roof to marvel at the amazing views of Vinegar Hill battlefield, Enniscorthy town, and the sights, flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside.
2. National 1798 Rebellion Centre
Liberty or Death? Come find out how 20,000 insurgents faced the might of 10,000 well-trained and well-armed Crown Forces in 1798 in a fight for liberty and equality.
3. Vinegar Hill
Visit the battle site where on 21 June 1798 over 10,000 British soldiers launched an attack on the main rebel camp. And enjoy spectacular views over the countryside of the entire South East.
4. Pugin’s St. Aidan’s Cathedral
Enniscorthy Cathedral was designed by the famous Victorian architect, Augustus Welby Pugin, who also designed all the interiors of the Houses of Parliament in London. Pugin was renowned for his ceramics, stained glass, wallpapers, textiles, memorial brasses and church plates, many of which are evident in the cathedral. When built in 1843 it was the largest Cathedral in Ireland.
5. Ferns Castle
Before the coming of the Normans, Ferns was the political base of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster. William Earl Marshall built the castle around 1200. Since then it has had many owners, of diverse political and military colours.