“Duncannon Fort is an important sixteenth century coastal bastioned fort situated on a rocky promontory which contains earlier archaeological remains in the form of a fifteenth century castle with associated curtain wall and towers and, probably, an earlier prehistoric promontory fort. The fort is one of only three bastioned forts built in County Wexford and the only one which is accessible to the public. It is in the ownership of both the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Wexford County Council.”
– Duncannon Fort Conservation Plan 2016 – Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology
Duncannon Fort is a star fort. Along the sides were guns facing upriver and downriver. On the west end were artillery batteries facing across the entire inlet. The landward defences had an angled redan projecting from the centre of the front, a deep ditch and a medieval wall. Primitive caponiers protect the ditch, and each counterscarp gallery had a sally port so that the garrison could enter the ditch without being seen.
Guided tours are available during the months of June, July and August. Tickets cost just €6 for adults and€1.50 for kids. All funds raised contribute to providing these tours and to the development of tourism on the Hook Peninsula. Visit the Facebook page for more info.
Ballyhack Castle is located on a steep slope in a commanding position overlooking Waterford estuary. The castle is thought to have been built c. 1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John.
Hook Head is home to Europe’s oldest operating lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated on the tip of the Hook Peninsula, just 9 miles from the Fort Conan Hotel.
Legend has it that during a storm at sea, a dark stranger said to be the Devil visited Loftus Hall on horseback after his ship was driven into nearby harbour during rough seas.
Irish National Heritage Park
The park is an open-air museum which recreates the key stages in Ireland’s cultural evolution. Irish National Heritage Park is located near Wexford town, County Wexford.
The John F Kennedy Arboretum
Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing.
The fort is one of only three bastioned forts built in County Wexford and the only one which is accessible to the public. Guided tours are available June, July and August.
Dunbrody Famine Ship
Centred on an authentic reproduction of a 1840’s Emigrant Vessel, the Dunbrody Visitor Centre also houses world-class themed exhibits, and the Irish America Hall of Fame.
Colclough Walled Garden
Colclough Walled Garden is a beautiful restored garden situated on the grounds of Tintern Abbey. The original garden dates from pre-1820.
Passage East Car Ferry
The Passage East Ferry Company Ltd operates a continuous Car Ferry Service across the River Suir linking the villages of Ballyhack in Wexford and Passage East in Waterford.
Secret Valley Wildlife Park
The park has a great range of animals such as monkeys, raccoons, lemurs, rabbits, goats, donkeys, horses, alpacas, llamas, guinea pigs, prairie dogs, skunks and more.
The Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty, the most famous Irish-American family to leave Ireland during the Irish famine.
Dunbrody Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery. The cross-shaped church was built in the 13th century, and the tower was added in the 15th century.
Our guests love Fort Conan Hotel
“Had the pleasure of staying in this fabulous hotel with my husband on a few occasions. From the comfort of the bed to the warmth and thorough cleanliness of the room and a great shower we could not have asked for more. The Irish breakfast plus bowl of fruit were of highest standard. The owners were most welcoming and helpful. Within three min walk to the beach I would highly recommend this hotel for a mini break.”
bonane64 | Dublin, Ireland
“As impromptu walk-in quests we did not have high expectations but Richard and the staff of Fort Conan Hotel went above and beyond to surpass any preconceived notions one could have from not having made a reservation. The hotel has a homely comfortable feel and our room had a balcony and a spectacular view of the bay. We were made to feel very comfortable and enjoyed the full Irish breakfast in the morning. We will definitely go back to this hotel the next time we visit Duncannon, but will book the room in advance next time! The hospitality and friendliness of the people here is really amazing. The hotel is within walking distance of some great restaurants and the beachfront. The views here are amazing.”
jimredmond2000 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Very pleasant stay the couple that run it are so nice to everybody nothing is too much to ask of them food is very good too lovely breakfast and plenty of it very good value for me and my family for the weekend”
“I stayed here back in April, and just loved the place, it is everything you would look for in a hotel. It is clean and tidy family run hotel and Helene the owner is just a lady ,she would give up part of her day just to help you with something. She is very welcoming, friendly and helpful in every way as is all her staff. It is a great location in a seaside village on the Wexford coast. The food is excellent with good portions and a great menu.
I would highly recommend a stay in this Hotel.”
“Absolute gem of a place. Spent the day kayaking with shielbaggan outdoor pursuits. Owners were very welcoming, a home away from home. The entire hotel and rooms were spotless, great nights sleep and a fab breakfast in the morning. Owners went above and beyond for our group.”
“This was a lovely little mom and pop hotel that I loved. Close to the water. The town was cute and the rooms were clean. Nothing fancy just a great place to stay the night. The hotel has a restaurant and the food was good.”
8Ilovetotravel | Palm Beach, Florida
“I had an absolutely fabulous nights stay with Richard and Helena at the Fort Conan; gorgeous comfortable room, delicious breakfast and such warm and genuine hosts and other staff. They were willing to go above and beyond for me even down to the random request of a torch when I arrived because I was headed down to Loftus Hall for the night and forgot to bring one! The breakfast was to die for and the other lady serving (I didn’t get her name) with Helena ensured I knew I could get a top up of hot milk in my hot chocolate if I felt the need.
Could not have gone wrong staying here and I nearly wish I’d been staying longer. I’ll be back without a doubt, thank you guys for a lovely night!”
“Had the pleasure of staying in this fabulous hotel with my husband on a few occasions. From the comfort of the bed to the warmth and thorough cleanliness of the room and a great shower we could not have asked for more. The Irish breakfast plus bowl of fruit were of highest standard. The owners were most welcoming and helpful. Within three min walk to the beach I would highly recommend this hotel for a mini break”
bonane64, Dublin, Ireland
“Absolute gem of a place. Spent the day kayaking with Shielbaggan outdoor pursuits. Owners were very welcoming, a home away from home. The entire hotel and rooms were spotless, great nights sleep and a fab breakfast in the morning. Owners went above and beyond for our group.”
“Elaine and Richard were very welcoming, warm and most genuine people we have ever met. Their attention to detail, care and desire to help made us feel at home straight away! We came as a big family and felt wanted and cared for. The service , the attitude and the breakfast were exceptional! We will surely be back again! Thank you for being so hospitable, attentive, sensitive and hard working!
From Luba and Kieran in Ireland, County Kildare”