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New Ross – County Wexford


A Visit to New Ross County Wexford is a getaway all the family will love! The natural beauty, culture, and history of New Ross will attract and delight visitors from around the world. Enjoy New Ross and The Hook Peninsula’s rocky coastline with stunning sea views, browse traditional streets, interesting Irish architecture and listen as local characters tell stories of a time gone by…..


Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse has been voted the number one lighthouse in the world and is an enduringly popular attraction in south east Ireland. Described as the granddaddy of all lighthouses”, Built in 1172 over 800 years ago, Hook Lighthouse is the world’s oldest operational lighthouse. It was built by the most famous Knight of his time, William Marshal, and the lighthouse is still fully functional today. A beacon has stood on the site of the lighthouse since the 5th-century.


Dunbrody Famine Ship

The town also plays host to another one of the premier tourist attractions in the South East of Ireland. This one is centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience. Incorporating guided tour, costumed performers and themed exhibitions of the highest quality, ‘The Dunbrody’ provides a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude with which Irish people faced up to a desperate situation.


JFK Connection

Duncannon Fort

Escape the bustle of urban life on the multi-award-winning, off-road walking and cycling trail – the Great Western Greenway. This stunning trail travels from Westport to Achill – The Greenway meanders through some of the most beautiful and idyllic countryside you’ll find anywhere in Ireland. Walkers and cyclists can drink in the views of the spectacular Nephin Beg mountain range, Clew Bay, Clare Island, Croagh Patrick and Achill. You could even stop off for a hike on one of the Derradda loop walks or take a break on Mulranny’s Blue Flag Beach.

Duncannon Fort Tours

One of the most historic locations in Ireland's ancient east coastline is Duncannon Fort complete with awe inspiring stories over the 450 year history, it also holds one of the best vantage points to take in the beautiful Waterford Estuary. An incredible tour for all the family!!

Posted by Hook Tourism on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Food and Drink

New Ross has a wide variety of cafes, delis, large and small restaurants many using locally sourced food representing wide range of world cuisines and of course many traditional pastry shops! There is something to suit every palate and budget.

Brandon House Hotel

The unique Solas Croí Spa will offer all of the facilities for a relaxing short break or long leisurely getaway. This country manor house hotel is close to some of the best beaches in the country. The leisure centre has a 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room & hydrotherapy grotto.

Dining options include the Library Bar and the Gallery Restaurant. The Library Bar is a cosy area serving food from 12 to 9pm daily with Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday Evening. The Gallery Restaurant is a wonderful setting with walls adorned with the artwork of some of Ireland’s finest artists.

Getting to New Ross!

By Car

  • From Galway: 227km (141 miles) – three hours
  • From Belfast: 310km (192 miles) – three hours and a half
  • From Dublin: 142.2 km (88 miles) – an hour and a half
  • From Belfast: 305km (190 miles) – 4 hours 15 minutes

By Public Transport

Westport is serviced by both Irish Rail and Bus Eireann. Services run 7 days a week, with Irish Rail links and Bus Eireann routes running to many locations throughout Ireland throughout the day.

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