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Aer Lingus - The national airline flying world-wide.
Ryanair - Flying between Ireland and most European destinations.
Irish Ferries - Car & passenger ferries, Ireland, Uk and France
Brittany Ferries - Car & passenger ferries, Ireland, UK, France and Spain.
Stenaline - Car & passenger ferries, Ireland, Uk and France
Wexford Bus - service between Dublin Airport and Wexford via Dublin
Bus Éireann - All Ireland bus service
Irish Rail - All Ireland railroad service
Wexford offers a wonderful variety of accommodation - from pretty coastal cottage rentals, bed and breakfasts, to a five-star Destination Spa and everything in between. The 'craic and the ceol' will ensure that you leave Wexford with a warm, welcoming feeling ensuring a return visit. Wexford is a 365 day holiday destination and will keep you much longer than you had ever intended to stay.
The AITO Festival operates from Wexford Town as a base - with fringe events, bus departures and Festival Exhibition all taking place within 5 minutes walk of Wexford Towns North Main Street.
For Failte Ireland approved Hotels, Guesthouses and B&B's across County Wexford check out www.visitwexford.ie or www.ireland.com
There is one caravan & campsite within walking distance of Wexford Towns Main Street, called the Ferrybank Caravan & Campsite. It is located just across Wexford Bridge (5 minute walk from Main Street) and can be booked via www.wexfordswimmingpool.ie/caravan-park
Disclaimer: The AITO Committee accepts no responsibility for accommodation bookings made.
Riverbank House Hotel
Clayton Whites Hotel
Talbot Suites at Stonebridge
Auburn Terrace Guest House
Wexford Tourism, office at Crescent Quay near John Barry Memorial.
Trivago website for Ireland.
Art in the Open is an annual independent festival of plein air painting culminating in an exhibition on the first Monday of August. It is organised by a non-profit association of artists who live in Wexford, Ireland's Sunny South-East, and draw their inspiration from the local landscape.
In 2008, the first festival was held with the following aims:
• To celebrate and promote the practice of plein air painting or painting outdoors, from life.
• To encourage a network of similar groups within Ireland and Europe by the provision of an annual focal event.
• To stimulate a public awareness and critical appreciation of plein air painting.
• To provide a forum where artists can learn from one another and develop technically and aesthetically together.
These are still our aims in developing Art in the Open but it has since grown to become the largest annual plein air festival in Europe and it has given rise to many international friendships and introduced many Irish and overseas visitors to the hospitality of Wexford as well as to the varied delights of the landscape of south-east Ireland. In return, to the places it visits the festival lends a relaxed and cultured ambiance one normally associates with centres like Venice, Paris or the south of France where easels, paint and canvases on the street are not so remarkable.