Curracloe Beach: A Touch of Film Magic

Curracloe Beach, Wexford

Updated On: November 07, 2023 by   Ciaran ConnollyCiaran Connolly

County Wexford is one of the top places you must visit in Ireland; and one of County Wexford’s special gems is the stunning Carracloe Beach. The Curracloe Beach is so spectacular that it has even made its way on to the big screen as it was used as filming locations. Like Steven Spielberg’s hit movie Saving Private Ryan in 1997, as well as the 2015 drama Brooklyn which also starred Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

Curracloe Beach in that respect has become pretty famous in Ireland, and people enjoy coming to Wexford to walk in the footsteps of Hollywood Royalty.

The beach is a beautiful spot to spend some time, after all, it has continuously been awarded Blue Flag Beach statues that recognise its high standards when it comes to safety, water quality and environment.

The beach is most notable for its seven miles long stretch offering the finest and soft sand, which stands out against the many Stoney beaches located around the Emerland isle.

Curracloe Beach is a very popular beach during the summer months, as people come from everywhere to check out its beauty and have some fun in the sun. Also during the colder months, Curracloe Beach continues to be a great spot especially for dog walkers and runners alike, who also can take full advantage of the nearby forest to enjoy a relaxing stroll.

The famous Curracloe Beach is also back on by a variety of large dunes, which are protected by the Wexford County Council to ensure that the wildlife and plants of the area will be preserved for many more generations to come.

The Surf Shack –  Curracloe Beach

Located on this popular beach is this ‘Surf Shack’ for all your water adventure needs which includes its own surf school, a team-building centre, a lively cafe and of course a surf and watersports shop. If you’re wishing to learn to surf in Ireland, this is a great place to do so, with the friendly team who will make sure you have a fun experience.

When the team isn’t teaching surfing lessons, they will be surfing those Irish waves themselves. But you can do more activities that just surf at Curracloe beach such as sandboarding, skimboarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and more. Check out the Surf Shack to find out more on what they do and offer.

Curracloe Forest

Running alongside the Caurracloe beach is the enchanting Raven Nature Reserve and forest. The Forest is 3.5km long where you can enjoy a variety of walking trails filled with pined trees and evergreens. Many of the trails will lead you to the shore of the beach. Perfect for those just wishing to escape the noise and enjoy the tranquil surroundings that County Wexford has to offer.

The Irish National Heritage Park

Located not far from Curracloe beach, you can visit this great tourist attraction and uncover, 9000 years of Irish Heritage in the famous Ancient East across 40 acres of beautiful woodland.

On the right bank of the River Slaney, just before it enters Wexford Harbor, is an open-air museum documenting 9,000 years of Irish history.
The park has 14 acres of natural woodland and wet woodland where a variety of monuments and dwellings have been reproduced.
Among them are thatched Viking houses, crannogs (bog houses), hunter-gatherer huts, stone circles, an early church and a ring fortress of 400 oaks. The trail is as close as you can get to a trip back to Neolithic Ireland, and there are characters in period costume to add context.
In the park you can build a house with lichen, shoot a Viking bow and pan for gold, while the kids can let off steam in two adventure playgrounds.

Have you ever been to this popular beach in Wexford? Let us know what your experience was like in the comments below.

If you’re looking for more things to do in County Wexford, check out these great attractions: Wells House and Gardens | The Kennedy Homestead| Dunbordy Famine Ship | Secret Valley Wildlife Park | Enniscorthy Castle |

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