Days Out: Johnstown Castle, Wexford

Johnstown Castle has been on the Wexford family days out list for years, but last year it got some refurbishment and a new playground so we were keen to visit to try them out. We visited in June June 2020 when there were Covid19 restrictions in place, and on a gloriously sunny day.

The Attraction

The castle itself, set by a lake, is impressive and the surrounding gardens are beautiful.

What’s to See?

The castle, the agricultural museum, on site, the lake walks, ornamental gardens which include statues and fountains.

What’s to Do?

Walk around the gardens, visit the agricultural museum, play in the new woodland playground. The playground, located across a bridge in the woodland has two separate areas for younger and older kids, the older kids one contains a zipline and some climbing equipment.

Where is it? 

A 10 minute drive from Wexford town

How much?

Adult tickets are €9, children’s are €4 and under 5s are free. Family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children aged between 5 and 16 are €24. If you are local or intend to visit a lot there’s good value to be had in the season tickets, more details here.

What if it’s raining?

You can do the castle tour (pre-booking advisable) and check out the agricultural museum (self guided)

Is it buggy/baby friendly?

Yes, buggy friendly

Anything else we need to know?

  • Open 9-5.30pm 7 days a week all year around
  • The cafe is currently working on a takeaway basis only
  • There are picnic tables and benches in the playground area and plenty outside the cafe too
  • The resident peacocks are well used to being photographed
  • The kids have asked to go back already, always a great sign

Recommended for kids of all ages will love the playground, but it’s especially good value for families with young kids as entry for under 5s is free.

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