Things to do in the area

Things to do in the area

In addition to a wealth of historic and cultural attractions, visitors to New Ross can choose from a wide variety of activities in the surrounding area. From hiking and hang gliding on nearby Mount Leinster, to sailing and sunbathing on Wexford’s beautiful coast. From golfing and horse riding, to bird watching and bar hopping, there are attractions and activities for everyone in Irelands “Sunny South East”.

Below we have listed a selection of the activities available in immediate environs of New Ross.

The Kennedy Homestead

The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind” and plays a vital part in the continued preservation of the Kennedy legacy in Ireland.

The curators of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre, using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretative exhibit which explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in1848 and pieces together the story of the most famous Irish–American family through the 20th century to the present day.

The Kennedy family legacy is an integral part of daily life in Co. Wexford. Facilities at the Homestead include a unique collection of Kennedy memorabilia, audio-visual display, souvenir shop, picnic area, wheelchair access and extensive car and coach parking facilities.

Ring of hook costal drive

Less than one hour in length take the Ring of Hook Coastal Drive to soak up the stunning coastal rural scenery this beautiful part of Ireland has to offer, while catching sight of some of our county’s most important built heritage.

Hook Lighthouse

The Visitor centre which is open year round at Hook Lighthouse and offers guided tours of the medieval lighthouse tower, built by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke and the most famous Knight of his time, as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster. Purpose built as a lighthouse 800 years ago, and still fully operational today, Hook Lighthouse truly is one of a kind!

Guided tours take you through the lighthouse with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique building. Enjoy the spectacular view from the balcony. Our Visitor Centre located in the former keepers houses where there is a first class gift shop, café and bakery. Our friendly staff are happy to help with any tourist information you require. Relax by the sea with a coffee and homemade scone where you can keep an eye out for seals dolphins and even whales!

Various events are advertised during the year with BBQ’s and children’s games on the lawn all summer, for details of all our activities keep an eye on 

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Loftus Hall

Visit Loftus Hall and take a tour of this abandoned haunted house with a dark and troubled history. The house remains in its abandoned state since the departure of its previous owner. Let our tour guides take you through the ground floor of Loftus Hall on an interactive tour.

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See also:

Oaklands Lake Coarse Angling

Ross Adventure Play Barn

Three Sisters Marina

New Ross Golf Club

Oldcourt Stables

Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre

Dunmore East Adventure Centre

This is just a snippet of the things to in New Ross and the surrounding area, with an extensive coastline, County Wexford has numerous beaches and small fishing villages. The county is home to the Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, and the Raven Nature Reserve.

Visit Wexford

Please see the Visit Wexford page for more information about things to see and do in the area.

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is currently in dry dock for scheduled maintenance works with an expected return date of 20th June 2021.

The Visitor Centre is currently open for takeaway teas, coffees and food and our sister attraction the Kennedy Homestead will re-open on Friday 14th May 2021. Looking forward to welcoming visitors aboard the Dunbrody in June for a truly amazing journey back in time.