Shopping in Wexford

Browsing the shops in Wexford

Shopping in the local towns is a very easy and pleasant experience.

Wexford Town

Wexford is the County Town. The County Hall completed in 2010 has been shortlisted for World Architecture Prizes.  It is really worth a visit even on holiday.  A wonderful central space is used as an exhibition area for the County Councils extensive permanent art exhibition.

Unusual small shops peer out from every angle on the Main Street in Wexford which still retains many of its original shop fronts. The Bull Ring forms a square in the center of the town. Right in the Bullring is Diana Donnelly’s classically elegant shop with a range of French and German designer clothes and unusual and interesting accessories. Shoe Style in Corn Market is a stylish shoe shop and further along the street Carrig Dun, Sarah Kings and many others all are well worth inspecting. Wexford Book Shop has small seating areas to read in the shop.  You will find a good collection of local interest and history there. Martins Jewellers in Rowe Street design and make their own gold and precious stone jewellery. It is a most friendly and helpful shop to visit and they are delighted to show their range or to make customised pieces.

Greenacres Shopping CentreFor lunch try Cistin Eile, with delicious modern Irish food a very quirky atmosphere ideal for families or La Dolce Vita, Greenacres, Taste and a new creperie all have outdoor seating areas into Selskar Square and on sunny days are ideal for families. Green Acres has a modern Art Galley which covers two floors of naturally lit exhibition space which is always worth wondering through.   Art always looks more interesting on holidays! 

Sit and watch the skies change over Wexford Harbour in Sky café in the Opera House. There is a lift but if you take the stairs you will pass a collection of Mainie Jellets Rugs.  Mainie was an Irish Art Deco artist whose rug designs have been turned into reality by Ceadogan Rugs.

Gorey Town

Gorey although in many ways a small market town is now considered to have some of the best clothes, accessories and jewellery shopping in the whole country.  The shops are small, the choice unusual and items individually chosen by the owners.  They are all situated in a small area mainly in Esmonde Street and just off the main street.  These very smart shops provide a refreshing change to High Street chains stores.Parking is easy and convenient.Household and gift shops are found as you stroll along the Main Street as is Partridges Café and restaurant.

Partridges Restaurant’s tasty light snacks or more robust lunch are very tempting. The Café Restaurant is child friendly. Even better for a holiday treat go down the road to Marlfield House for their delicious library lunch and on a sunny day sit in their beautiful gardens for afternoon tea.  In July and August consider having lunch in The Cowhouse just outside Gorey or in Springmount Garden Centre surrounded by the enchanting fragrances of the plants and flowers.

Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy is my favourite town in County Wexford. It is an honest Wexford town and it is beautiful. When your shopping is complete you may still get a parcel tied up with brown paper and string. The shopping streets radiate off the Main Square. If you are a fan of hardware shops Rafter Street has one of the very best hardware shops offering advice and individually wrapped items and a wide choice. They smell of onion sets and linseed oil, paint and ball bearings, wood and turpentine. Clothes shops cluster mostly in Cathedral Street and Siopa Brog has a selection of most unusual shoes. It is really a town to explore slowly. There are treasures in all the streets. Have lunch in Toffee and Thyme restaurant in Rafter Street or the bar in The Riverside Hotel.

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