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Duncannon Fort, Duncannon, Co. Wexford, Ireland

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About Duncannon Fort

This is an impressive presentation of a bastioned fortress perched on the side of the stunning Hook Peninsula, County Wexford, part of Ireland’s Ancient East. A fort was built on this site by Normans in the 12th century, and there may have been an earlier earthen fort built by Gaelic Irish. The present star fort was built in 1587–88 by Queen Elizabeth I to defend Waterford from possible invasion by the Spanish Armada.


Attractions Near Duncannon Fort

Duncannon Beach
Duncannon Beach0.4km from Duncannon Fort

Duncannon Beach is located in the south west of County Wexford. It is a designated bathing area of approximately a mile long. There are great views from the beach of Hook Head and, across the river, the Waterford coastline. Its sheltered location protects it from the strongest waves and makes it a popular spot for swimming during the summer months.

Geneva Barracks
Geneva Barracks2.89km from Duncannon Fort

Geneva Barracks in County Waterford, Ireland, was a barracks created in 1783 by converting a settlement which had been created for an 18th-century colony of disaffected citizens of Geneva following the Geneva Revolution of 1782. Built near Passage East, the colony was commissioned by the Irish Parliament and approved by British Royalty.

Ballyhack Castle
Ballyhack Castle3.47km from Duncannon Fort

Ballyhack Castle is located on a steep slope in a commanding position overlooking Waterford estuary in Ballyhack. It is a large tower house, thought to have been built c. 1450. The tower is five stories tall and the walls survive complete to the wall walk. Built into the north-east wall of the second floor is a small chapel complete with a piscina, aumbry and altar.

Woodstown Beach
Woodstown Beach4.01km from Duncannon Fort

Woodstown Beach is a long sandy beach surrounded by private woodlands. It is a tidal beach which extends out around a kilometre at low tide, exposing a large and flat beach. The water here is glorious and it’s a fine spot for a walk at any time of the day. It is one of the most popular beaches in the area, particularly with families. It is a great spot for kids and is ideal for picnics.

Dunbrody Abbey Visitor Centre
Dunbrody Abbey Visitor Centre6.92km from Duncannon Fort

Dunbrody Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery in County Wexford, Ireland. The cross-shaped church was built in the 13th century, and the tower was added in the 15th century. With a length of 59m the church is one of the longest in Ireland. The visitor centre is run by the current Marquess of Donegall and has one of only two full sized hedge mazes in Ireland.

Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey6.97km from Duncannon Fort

This Cistercian monastery was founded c. 1200 by William, Earl Marshal on lands held through his marriage to the Irish heiress, Isabella de Clare. Between 1982 and 2007, the National Monuments service of the Office of Public Works undertook a number of excavation and heritage development efforts at the abbey.

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Wexford
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County Wexford is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster and is part of the South-East Region. Named after the town of Wexford, it was based on the historic Gaelic territory of Hy Kinsella, whose capital was Ferns. The county is rich in evidence of early human habitation. It is the 13th largest of Ireland's thirty-two counties in area, and 14th largest in terms of population.

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