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“Disappointing”

The National 1798 Rebellion Centre
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Enniscorthy
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Owner description: One of the great visitor attractions in County Wexford.... Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the events of 1798 in Ireland are etched forever on the annals of Irish history. Vividly re-told in an exciting interpretation of events the "Rebellion Experience" at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre is not to be missed. On your visit you will learn in gruesome detail how some 20,000 insurgents faced the might of 10,000 well-trained and well-armed Crown Forces, and learn the significance of the nearby Vinegar Hill Battlefield.
Reviewed 28 November 2013

This is probably one of the poorest attractions I have visited in Ireland, which is saying something as I have been to the Bray Sea life centre. There is a large cafe area and then a very poor exhibition area, it takes about 5 minutes to walk around the whole thing, if it was free that would be ok but it isnt worth the entrance fee - they clearly make most of their money from the cafe and therefore focus their efforts on this area. I dont think anyone would go there twice and there are much better attractions to visit in Wexford

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Jacqui H, Manager at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2013

Here at the centre we are a little confused and of course disappointed PJF that you had a bad experience on your visit. Our confusion centres on the length of time, 5 minutes, attributed in your comment ‘to walk around the whole thing’. We should point our new interactive exhibition, only in place since June 2013, is an average 45 minutes tour that just physically couldn’t be experienced in 5 minutes. The ‘Rebellion’ exhibition has been re-developed to the highest standards, with interactive and engaging audio visuals, culminating with our 4-D audio visual interpretation of the Battle of Vinegar Hill. We also have a dress up area, and children’s rebel camp.

On foot of the redevelopment, visitor feedback from national and international visitors to the Centre has been extremely positive, approving, and compares us very favourably with larger tourist attractions around the world. We are also delighted to say that our ‘Rebellion’ experience has received three awards, including two National Awards since its relaunch. We would love to see you back again at some time in the future PJF, and we really would welcome any additional feedback at that time.

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

A very well done exhibit of the events leading to and then the actual battle on Vinegar Hill in the 1798 Rebellion efforts in Wexford County. Probably better for those who are in emotional support of the various moves for freedom from England in Ireland. Uses multiple media well including, in one room, larger than life-size chess pieces depicting the various political movers on each side of the conflict. The final scene is a very lifelike recreation of the battle of Vinegar Hill with gunfire all around, women and children attempting to flee, etc.

Thank ChristieMcManus
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Jacqui H, Manager at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2013

Hi Christine, Thanks for your really positive feedback and we're delighted that you enjoyed your experience. Hopefully we'll see you back again on your next visit. Jacqui and the Team

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Excellent exhibition - captured you from the start, interactive, kids were even kept entertained although the 3 year old was a little frightened at the theatre style part but one of us just took him out and returned to watch the next playing. Definitely recommend for all.

Thank LSackers
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Jacqui H, Manager at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2013

Thanks for your positive comments. We're delighted that you and your family enjoyed the experience. Yes it can be a little scary for small children, but as you mentioned, there's absolutely no rush on our guests, so you can pop in and out as required so everybody can fully enjoy the exhibition. We hope you enjoyed the dress up areas aswell, and that we'll see you again soon. Jacqui and the Team

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Visited the Exhibition on Friday last and thought it was excellent, the last part was the highlight for me, it was very emotive and I felt very connected to the whole rebellion and what the people of the time had to go through, you could just picture the misery on Vinegar Hill, and feel the dread as the redcoats came into view with nowhere to run to, whole families were up there. Its living history at its best.

Thank Duncannon Fort D
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

In 1798 the people of South Wexford were revolting. Thankfully time has moved on and they are altogether more pleasant!!!

Seriously, the Irish were in open revolt against crown forces and the model county of Wexford saw much of the fiercest fighting as humble farmers took on the reviled red coats.

This museum seeks to tell a reasonably even handed version of events and tries to portray how the english saw the Irish and not just the irish view of the english.

There were some minor faults etc. in the exhibition when we saw it (one of the screens on the film of Vinegar hill wasn't working) but it is worth a visit.

Allow between one and one a half hours.

Thank robespierre1798
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