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Wexford Town, Ireland

p>county wexfordSituated along the east coast of Ireland, looking out at the ocean, Wexford town lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney. Founded by the Vikings around 800 AD, today Wexford is a vibrant, charming town with a welcoming atmosphere for visitors from near and afar. The town of Wexford closely follows the quays, which run northwest to southeast and are built upon reclaimed land. Almost all the shops in the town are along the main street which is about one mile long and runs more or less parallel to the river, from Redmond Square at the northwest end to Barrack Street at the southeast end.

All of the hotels in Wexford provide quality hotel accommodation showing years of experience in the hospitality industry in Ireland.

Many tourists to Wexford town enjoy the architectural splendour of some lovely buildings such as St Iberius' Church and the twin churches of Rowe and Bride Street. The ruins of Selskar Abbey and the Westgate tower nearby are also of historical and architectural value, each dating back to the beginning of the 13th century. A modern bridge (at 480m one of the longest bridges in Ireland) connects Wexford town with the northern part of the county.

Wexford has always been relevant to Irish history and was the centre of the 1798 rebellion against English rule with many well-known songs and stories emanating from its eventful past.

Wexford town hosts the internationally recognised Opera Festival every autumn, which attracts opera lovers from all over the world. The Fringe Festival associated with this annual event offers something for all tastes including art exhibitions, concerts, recitals, lectures, and of course, the Guinness Swinging and Singing Pubs competition.

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