Wexford Opera Festival – Wexford, Ireland

Showcasing the Offbeat and Little Known

The best time to catch sleepy Wexford is in October, when the whole town turns out in full swing for its renowned Opera Festival. Wexford puffs up its chest with pride, as the over-fifty-year-old event grows in prestige and recognition, continuing to showcase lesser-known operas and sometimes world-class performers. Unsnobby, nonelitist, and often offbeat, it is the country’s most important opera festival. Myriad other art exhibitions, concerts, and pub nights of traditional Irish music enthusiastically jump on board for the three-week period, creating a town­wide partygoing atmosphere.

Experience more of that spirit of both small-town pride and sophistication with a stay at County Wexford’s most gracious and beautiful inn, the exquisite Regency-style Marlfield House. Set amid 36 acres of gar­dens and parkland that are as impeccably overseen as the inn itself, this 1820 seat of the Earls of Courtown (sold to the present owners in 1978) is an antiques-filled oasis of calm with its own lake and wild fowl reserve.

Enjoy refined dining in the romantic, candlelit Victorian-style conservatory added by the current owners. Filled with plants, mirrors, and the aroma of delicately prepared seafood, an evening here makes for the perfect ending to a Wexford stay.

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