Wexford Tour – Day 1 – Johnstown Castle, Agricultural Museum, Moyglass, National Heritage Park

Wexford became the first stop on my tour of Ireland by default – a good friend asked me to come down to the Wexford Strawberry Festival.  I love Strawberries and it was just handy that the county she asked me to visit was one of the – ‘never been’ counties on my list. The outlook for the weekend wasn’t good as I drove down through Gorey and North Wexford in torrential rain I didn’t see much.  The Friday night was pretty much a wash out and the only scenery I saw was the inside of the towns watering holes – but then this is probably the central focus of any good Irish festival! Johnstown Castle & Gardens Thankfully the rain passed and my own head was also clear enough to tackle the road on Saturday.  The first port of call was Johnstown house and gardens near Murrintown.  I was genuinely surprised that we were charged €6 to drive into the grounds when the house is not even open to the public. I assume that is for the upkeep of the gardens but this is probably a barrier that would really stop local people from coming in for a walk around the grounds like they do in Killarney National Park.  The house itself is stunning though you do long to look inside and the gardens are beautiful to walk around with a somewhat under landscaped walled garden, towers and a large lake forming breathtaking scene. The Agricultural Museum What really made Johnstown stand out for me was the Agricultural Museum.  I have to admit that I was not expecting much...