Ringfort Stay Overs

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The Irish National Heritage Park is delighted to offer you a unique opportunity to experience life in Early Medieval Ireland.  You can avail of the chance to stay in a perfect replica of a 1,500 year old Irish ringfort, living as our ancestors did for a night or two.  We see it as particularly suited to families looking for something completely different, whether these are domestic visitors or overseas visitors, perhaps travelling by ferry, who could top off their holiday in Ireland with something unavailable anywhere else, and only 30 mins from the ferryport.

Ringfort Stayovers

The ringfort is modelled on that of a middle-ranking member of the Gaelic nobility, in the newly Christianised Ireland of 1500 years ago.  It is surrounded by a strong oak palisade with a tall watch-tower.  You will stay in the big house in the ringfort, which has stone walls and a thatched roof, with a central hearth.  It will sleep 6-8 comfortably.  There is just one room in these houses, with the sleeping accommodation on platforms along the sides (one of which is a ‘double’ bed cubicle curtained for privacy and warmth) and one raised loft area.  Cooking is over an open fire in the centre of the house (but there is also a fridge hidden away at the back to keep food fresh overnight).

‘Check-in’ will be after 2pm but you are welcome to come in earlier and take a guided tour of the whole Park with our compliments.  When the time comes to move into the Ringfort, you will be given costumes from the period as well as a full briefing on everything you need to know, from lighting the fire to looking after the animals (yes, there are animals too, in season!).

While the Park is open, the Ringfort remains open to all visitors, but access to the big house will be restricted – people can see in but only you have access to the interior.

Ringfort Stayover

Because you will be in costume, you are likely to attract attention and questions and we will encourage you to play along, assume a role if you want, or if not you can simply chat to visitors or get on about your own business.

At 6.30pm, all that changes: the park closes and only you are left on site. You have complete freedom to roam as you like, explore the woods, watch the wildlife and enjoy the views across Slaney Estuary. For the evening meal, you can either cook for yourselves or we can arrange to have a cauldron of stew delivered, to be heated over the fire and eaten with good brown bread (€10 a head).  You can bring your own wine and beer with you or we can supply beer and mead of the period. There will be plenty of fuel for the fire and full private wash facilities (inc shower) are just down the path. ‘Check-out’ will be at 12.00 the next day.

In the evening, we can arrange a private ‘Hawk Walk’ through the grounds of the Park, in the company of our falconer and one of his magnificent birds. Guest will learn to fly the birds and have them land again on their arms.  While you are staying with us, why not check out our experiences including hawk walks, meeting the birds of prey and daily life in Viking Wexford.

The overnight rate for the ringfort is seasonally adjusted, contact bookings@irishheritage.ie for pricing and availability.