South East Ireland Tourism
Travel guide to Ireland's south east
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The Region

The Sunny South East of Ireland

The South East which consists of the five counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Fondly referred to by the 'Irish' as the 'Sunny South East', the region is famous for its vibrant towns, rural getaways and coastal villages and resorts.

The landscape of the South East comprises a mix of rolling hills, woodlands and farmlands, picturesque river valleys of the Blackwater, Barrow, Nore, Suir and Slaney, and a craggy coastline adorned by a necklace of quaint fishing villages and coastal resorts.
Early visitors, invaders, and raiders, merchants and traders helped create many structures, distinguishing marks and locations giving the area a name as Ireland's historic region. Visitors from overseas are attracted by the richness and variety of heritage sites in the South East. Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel are among's most visited sites. Likewise the Irish National Heritage Park and the Dunbrody Heritage Ship in Co Wexford draw a huge number of visitors.

Craft and culture enthusiasts flock to the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre to marvel as they view master cutters create the world famous glassware, and those with more time on their hands based themselves in the region while enjoying all the region has to offer. See our family holiday guide to make the most of holiday together.


Discover some of the most scenic coastal, countryside areas of the South East along with the most appealing urban areas. Take for example Carlow, where the pace of life is unhurried in its countryside towns and villages, or the vibrant city of Kilkenny where visitors can enjoy contemporary art in its many galleries, sample good food and experience irish music in its traditional pubs.

Moreover, why not experience Tipperary, a tranquil and unspoilt countryside, perfect for walking and fishing holidays. From there, you can continue on to the lively destination of Waterford, the maritime county where the coast is noted for shore fishing and sunny beaches.

Finally, Wexford, a heritage town which prides itself on its award winning quay front. The quay is also centre stage for all of the towns festive activities, including the opening ceremonies of the Opera and the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

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