Wexford was among the first settlements founded by Viking invaders in the 10th century. Not only the narrow winding streets, but also the town's name are reminiscent of the Viking era: »Wexford« derives from the Viking word »Weissfiord« meaning the »fjord of the mud flats«.
In 1169, Wexford was invaded by the Normans, who were to regulate trade over the following centuries. During the middle ages Wexford's harbour played an important role in trading with other countries, and the town flourished.
Some buildings in Wexford still remind of the Normans today.
Near Wexford, in Ferrycarrig, an Irish Heritage Park gives you the opportunity to travel through 9000 years of Irish history. Discover what life was like in Ireland from about 7000 B.C. to about 1180 A.D., and how the Celtic, Viking and Norman settlers left their marks on the island.