Places to See | Co. Wexford, Ireland
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Park forms part of The Wexford Emigrant Trail along with The Kennedy Homestead and Dunbrody Famine Ship and Irish Emigration Experience.
Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the JFK Memorial Park is located in New Ross, County Wexford.
Standing on the southern slopes and summit of Slievecoiltia (or Slieve Coillte, the “Hill of the Wood”), the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world some of which are very rare.
The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, and is a haven for waterfowl. A road provides access to the summit at 271m from which there are panoramic views.
We’re not quite sure of the connection between JFK and dendrology (the science of trees) and if asking if you are not a certified, tree-hugging enthusiast, is it worth going?
It is. What you will find in any case is a massive, well-kept park with a botanic variety that certainly provides interest in every season. Interlacing paths, from tarmacked access roads to grassy woodland trails, make for a relaxing walk in a natural environment. There are no really dangerous areas (though kids should be watched near the lake).
Guided tours for groups also start here from April to September.
All in all we had a great day at this less known attraction in Wexford and would highly recommend it.
Address: John F Kennedy Memorial Park, New Ross, County Wexford Ireland