Wexford Festival Tours

Wexford Festival Opera Tours, in association with the National Opera House, are organised by Bernard Browne on behalf of Wexford Historical Society.

The Wexford Festival Opera tours have been part of the Festival since 1951 and were originally organised by Dr George Hadden and Nicholas Furlong.   Led by expert guides who take you to interesting and intriguing places throughout Wexford town and county, some known, some lesser-known, the tours are open to everyone and are free of charge. 

The tours leave the Talbot Hotel car park in the morning at 10:30 am and return to Wexford at lunch, in time to enjoy the afternoon Festival events.

In these current times rest assured that all public health guidelines will be followed.  No Car pooling.

The tours are free and are open to all. For more information visit wexfordhistoricalsociety.com 



Wednesday, October 20

A festival first and at treat for anyone interested in medieval history.  Greg Walsh, Author and Historian will lead a tour to Sigginstown Castle, Tacumshane. The medieval tower and building complex is being renovated by Liz and Gordon Jones.  A rare insight into a building from 1500 AD is on view.


Thursday, October 21

A perennial favourite with local naturalist Jim Hurley. Ballyteige Burrow. Explore the Walking Trail in the seaside fishing village of Kilmore Quay with its ancient rocks, history of extensive drainage works, magnificent sand dunes and beach. (23km)


Friday, October 22

Brian Murphy, a local historian with a background in shipping and singing will take a tour to Rosslare Strand and will tell the remarkable story of the Lost Village of Rosslare Fort- its History and its People. Brian will also describe the famous Lifeboat rescue in 1914 by the Rosslare Fort Lifeboat to the wrecks of the schooner "Mexico " and the Fethard on Sea Lifeboat " Helen Blake" on the Keeragh Rocks.  (20 km)


Saturday, October 23

A walking tour with author and historian Bernard Browne who will look at aspects of Wexford town’s unique neglected history.  Tour is suitable for children.


Monday, October 25 (Bank Holiday)

A walking tour of Viking Wexford with the irrepressible Wexford woman Maura Bell – who will share her wonderful knowledge and insights of Viking Wexford after spending over 20 years as CEO of the Irish National Heritage Park. 


Thursday, October 28

A walking tour with Author, Historian and Librarian Jarlath Glynn who will explore the architectural legacy of late 19th century Wexford town.  This unique tour is a must for anyone who is interested in learning about Wexford town’s irreplaceable architectural heritage.


Friday, October 29

A walking tour with veteran Tour Guides Ray Corish and Ann Gubbins. This duo of experienced and knowledgeable guides will explore the world of Bagenal Harvey and Wexford town in 1798 – with new insights into the world of the rebel leader.


Saturday, October 30

New Ross, The River and William Marshal - Former Chairman of Wexford Historical Society Brian Matthews looks at the strategically important Norman River port town and the legacy of William Marshall and his wife Isabella, granddaughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada.  (36km)


You may also like to visit:

Ten itineraries on the Ireland's Ancient East website here

Listing for all of Wexford attractions, stories, activities, experiences on the Visit Wexford website here