John F. Kennedy Arboretum, County Wexford

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The John F. Kennedy Arboretum on the Hook Head Peninsula at New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland, is a park under public administration (Office of Public Works).
On 252 hectares (620 acres) there are approximately 4,500 species of trees and shrubs. The facility tells the story of John F. Kennedy's great-grandfather, who was born in the nearby village of Dunganstown in 1820, which led John F. Kennedy to visit Wexford in the summer of 1963. The arboretum was opened on 29 May 1968 by the then Irish President Éamon de Valera. The facility was made possible mainly by donations from Americans of Irish origin. The complex also includes a panoramic road leading up to the summit of Slievecoiltia, which provides a wide view of the Hook peninsula and the surrounding area. At this vantage point, there is a memorial to those involved in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
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  • A beautiful park complemented by an excellent guide called Bernie and her friendly colleagues. We had a superb tour and learned so much from Bernie and really enjoyed our visit as did our dog Ruby.....  more »
  • Was here today with the lovely Ursula and some of our family. Unfortunately everything is closed due to covid but it’s still a smashing walk through a beautiful park. The trees are gorgeous. I...  more »
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  • Leaving out 1 star. Amazing place. Good food. Breathtaking walks. Not enough trees labeled on the main paths. And signposting not good enough. Otherwise it's great..
  • Lovely gardens and arboretum with many species of trees and shrubbery and beautiful landscape views. We went during heritage week so there was free entrance which was a plus. There is a cafe or you can bring a picnic, there are many tables. The JFK exhibition is also worth a visit. Was a very enjoyable experience for the whole family.

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