Irish National Heritage Park
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Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford, Republic of Ireland
The National Heritage Park,is an authentic recreation of Ireland’s heritage. This remarkable heritage trail features prehistoric campsites, ringforts, crannogs and other historic landmarks.
The ringfort at the Irish National Heritage Park has been completely rebuilt, and surrounded with a massive timber rampart which required the felling of some 400 Irish oaks. Inside, the two ‘old’ buildings have been rethatched in different styles, one using a wheat straw and the other, reed. A third building has also been added, an openwork structure suggestive of the out buildings referred to in the texts, but which is intended for use as demonstration area.
The National Heritage Park, in Ferrycarrig County Wexford, covers 35 acres, takes visitors through 9,000 years of Irish history. A trail featuring prehistoric campsites, ringforts, Fulacht Fiadh, crannogs, Viking houses and other historic landmarks awaits discovery.
There are settlements indicative of all the different periods of Ireland’s cultural history, depicting man’s first settlements in Ireland up to the arrival of the Normans in the 12th Century.
A new 180m trail also takes visitors deep into wet woodlands, winding between ancient trees and pools of water, to experience at first-hand what Ireland must have looked like to our Stone Age ancestors. This is a type of landscape people rarely get to explore: swamp-woodland, filled with alder and oak, mosses and lichens and teeming with bird life and insects.
Check the website for details of events and courses at the park.
There is a restaurant, craft shop and free parking on site.