Attractions & Activities
Duncannon is an ideal holiday base while visiting Waterford, Wexford or Kilkenny. A trip to Waterford to visit the famous Waterford Crystal Factory only takes 40 minutes. Kilkenny and it’s beautiful Castle is just 1 hours drive away and Wexford with all it has to offer a short 30 minutes. Having visited all the places you want to see in the busy towns you can return to Seashells Bed & Breakfast to relax in peace and tranquility for the rest of the evening, and you’re guaranteed good food, great Guinness and a cosy bed. Bliss!
Duncannon has lots to offer to ensure you enjoy your holiday. Locally you will find excellent food, great Guinness, safe beaches, historical abbeys and castles and plenty of beautiful walks and activities.
Aldridge Lodge is the pick of the bunch when it comes to eating out while staying in Duncannon. Chef Billy and partner Joanne have won numerous foodie & excellence awards. Reservations are advised. Full dinner menu.
Dunbrody House Hotel is also a great choice for those looking for that extra special dining experience. Well known chef Kevin Dundon has built up a reputation for serving the finest of modern Irish cuisine. Reservations essential. Full dinner menu.
The Strand Tavern, Roches Traditional Pub and Fort Conan Hotel are all village centre pub/restaurants, just 2 minutes walk from Seashells B&B. They serve exceptionally good food, all freshly cooked on the premises, with the guaranteed choice of seafood always available. There are also several take-away chip shops, pizzeria and cafes in the village, so you will be spoilt for choice while staying at SeaShells B&B.
An impressive stately mansion which holds a commanding position on the Hook Peninsula. It’s bleak and exposed location add to the ghostly stories which have made Loftus Hall famous. The house is open for tours, has a coffee shop, operates bicycle rental and is well worth a visit.
The oldest lighthouse in Europe, situated on the tip of the Hook Peninsula. This area of natural beauty attracts thousands of visitors, it is very tranquil and serene in summer and extremely wild and treacherous during the winter. Tours of the lighthouse are available. A visitors centre and coffee shop. Cliff top walk from Lighthouse to Slade is a must….you wont get much closer to nature.
Coastline, Local Beaches & Fishing Harbours.
The rugged coastline and all it has to offer has a tremendous bearing on the activities and attractions to be enjoyed in South West Wexford. The pretty coastal villages and their small harbours are great places to sit and unwind for a few hours. The many beaches and secluded bays are ideal for walking or family fun for the children exploring the shoreline. The water based activities popular in the area are kitesurfing, paddleboarding, surfing and coasteering, with lessons available at Hooked Kitesurfing or equipment hire. Shore and sea angling are popular all around this area and let’s not forget good old fashioned swimming!
Dunbrody Famine Ship.
A replica emigrant ship remembering the story of the famine journey is berthed in New Ross. President John F. Kennedy’s grandfather left the same quayside for America all those years ago. The Kennedy Family Homestead is nearby in Dunganstown, this is also open to tourists and along with the JFK Arboretum they offer an interesting triangle of visitor experiences with huge Irish American Historical importance.
Remarkable old Abbey ruins, once the home of Cistercian Monks, standing in a beautiful location with wooded walks and the restored Colclough Walled Gardens providing a very tranquil setting all within the Abbey grounds. Free admission.
A star shaped 16th century fort, situated in a commanding position overlooking Duncannon beach and harbour. It has been extensively renovated and now houses an art gallery, coffee shop, military museum and several craft style shops. Guided tours available.
Abbey Par Golf & Crazy Golf.
An 18 hole par3 course, open dawn to dusk. All clubs, trolleys etc available to hire. Crazy golf also open and great fun for all the family. New to Abbey Par golf, is Footy Golf.
Strand Tavern, Irish music session with Hal’s Ceili Band every Thursday throughout the year.
Roches Traditional Bar, live music on weekend nights throughout the summer.
Fort Conan Hotel, easy listening music and dancing every Saturday night.
Local at Dunbrody, live music most weekend nights.