West Gate Tower combines with the ancient and historic Selskar Abbey
the perfect setting to understand the historical development of
Situated in the heart of a Viking and Norman walled town, the
centre holds a 52
seat audio-visual theatre with a spectacular
presentation on the history of
Upstairs in the tower
there are beautiful Norman rooms and a fine battlement walk
Abbey. Walking tours of Wexford Town are available.
The Westgate is
unique in that it is the only authentic part of medieval town
in Ireland which tourists can visit.
hours may vary according to the time of year and you
should check opening and closing times to ensure that
you have time for a satisfactory visit.
length of visit: 1 hour
The Westgate in
Wexford is the only remaining medieval gateway into this historic
fortified town. King Henry the second ordered the fortification of the
his visit in 1172. On his death, the town wall, only half
completed, fell into decline.
During the 14th Century, after many
Knights had returned
from the Third Crusade,
the building of the wall
was completed, including the Westgate.
The Coach House
houses the Westgate Interpretative Centre on the ground floor
exhibition space on the first floor with access to the Town and timber
walkway along the medieval wall. This leads the visitor into the
In the Interpretative
Centre, there is fixed seating for 52 persons, reception area
toilets. A 'Nyne' projector and sound system have been installed with
computer controlled audio visual system which runs a 20 minute
the history of Wexford from earliest times.