By renting a car in Wexford Town, you have also grasped the opportunity to journey through one of Ireland’s most eclectic and picturesque destinations. The county’s coastline is a trove of paradisiacal, windswept beaches, while its vibrant towns and villages each retain their own particular cultural and historical identity.
No more so than Wexford Town, at the heart of which our branch is located in Trinity Motors on Trinity Street.
Just a stone’s throw from the train station, the Europcar rental location offers a wide range of elite, pristine cars and van rentals available on short, medium or long term rental options. While the expert staff are always on hand to address any needs a customer might have.
Should time permit, and you have even a passing interest in history, we highly recommend a venture through Wexford Town, which was founded by the Vikings and, in 1798, was held by the Irish rebels during their failed revolt against the British Empire. Selskar Abbey, an Augustinian House established in 1190, is certainly worth a visit, as are the ‘twin churches’ on Bride Street and Rowe Street.
John Barry, the famed American naval officer and proud Wexford man, is also the recipient of a commemorative statue, where JFK laid a wreath during the 1963 presidential visit to the county of his forbearers.
For a taste of the local culture, one can enjoy the Opera House and countless eateries, restaurants, pubs and hotels.
Once you leave Wexford Town, you can point the car in any direction and the journey to your next destination is guaranteed to be beautiful and enlightening.
Traversing Wexford, it will quickly become apparent why the county is among the most visited in Ireland and, in recent years, become such a pivotal attraction on the 17-county historical route, Ireland’s Ancient East.
There are myriad castles dotted around the county, while on the Hook Peninsula, you can take a guided tour of the Hook Lighthouse which, at over 800 years old, is among the oldest structures of its kind in the world.
There are far too many enchanting beaches to list but, if you happen upon the village of Curracloe, the adjacent beaches are where Steven Spielberg chose to film the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan.
If your trip is taking you beyond Wexford, Dublin can be reached within two hours. However, just south of Wexford is county Waterford, the home of Ireland’s oldest city (also called Waterford.) Like Wexford, Waterford is furnished with the remnants of ancient feats of engineering and architecture - some of which have been meticulously maintained, like Reginald’s Tower - and unforgettable natural scenery.
A quick word to wise, the best vantage point from where to survey these views might just be the Waterford Greenway, a winding, 46km off-road route paved parallel to an old railway line. On foot or by bike - available for hire at the location – the meandering path - against a lush green backdrop - will bring you to a viaduct, a faintly-lit tunnel and a hive of local businesses. There are also expert local tour guides who, while giving a guided expedition of the area, will also reveal all its historical significance.
If it’s sand and waves you’re after, then look no further than the Copper Coast, a 25km stretch of beaches, cliffs and headlands, but also among the most geologically varied portions of Ireland. Declared a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004, it contains records of volcanoes from approximately 200m years ago, as well as the Ice Age.
Should you need any assistance or wish to drop off your rental in Waterford, the Europcar branch is situated at The Sweep Garage, in Kimeaden.
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