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All About Dungarvan
Located on the southeastern coast of Ireland in County Wexford, Dungarvan is a picturesque seaside town in what the Irish refer to as the “sunny southeast.” This charming harbor town sits at the mouth of the River Colligan and Dungarvan Bay, and is perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding area via the Waterford Greenway. A small bridge across the river connects Dungarvan with the village of Abbeyside, named for a 13th-century abbey, whose ruins are still largely intact. There is much to explore in Dungarvan and Abbeyside, including beachside boardwalks, public gardens, and the 12th-century Dungarvan Castle, whose grounds are perfect for wandering.
The wide, pedestrian-friendly village streets are lined with colorful homes and storefronts housing shops, galleries, and pubs. The nearby Colligan Wood, a lovely wooded area along the Colligan River, is a popular picnicking spot. Dungarvan has a long history as a home to sailors and fishermen, and still offers boating and deep-sea fishing trips. You can also explore the calm harbor and river by kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Dungarvan?
Late June to early September is the best time to visit Dungarvan for outdoor activities, as temperatures are pleasant and mild. Ireland’s only opera festival, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, takes place in June in the grounds of historic Lismore Castle. Fall brings cooler weather, but this is a great time to take advantage of the hiking and biking trails around town. The Waterford Harvest Festival is held every September and is an excellent way to sample creations from the area’s best eateries, bars, and breweries. Winter in Dungarvan can be cold and wet, so bundle up before enjoying a walk followed by lunch in a cozy local pub.
What are the top things to do in Dungarvan?
Lismore Castle Gardens & Lismore Castle Arts
Although the castle itself isn’t open to the public, its beautiful grounds are a wonderful place to visit. The two gardens are situated within the castle walls and offer spectacular views of the Gothic-style fortress and surrounding countryside. You’ll find beds of flowers, fruits, and vegetables punctuated by ornamental borders and sculptures. Lismore Castle Arts is a gallery space that offers rotating exhibitions by famous contemporary artists.
Waterford County Museum
Located in the old town market hall in Dungarvan, Waterford County Museum offers insight into the history, archeology, and people of the area, with permanent and temporary exhibitions of local and international artists. If it’s a rainy day, step inside the museum and learn more about the town’s sports, castles, and maritime history.
This 28-mile greenway was built along a disused railway track and boasts fantastic off-road biking and walking. Starting at Dungarvan and running to Waterford City, the route passes over stone bridges and through quaint villages. The greenway also travels through the historic Ballyvoyle (Durrow) Tunnel, built in 1878.