New Ross

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Discover the ancestral birthplace of John F. Kennedy, a town steeped in history and maritime tradition.

New Ross is known for its links with North America and President John F. Kennedy, its maritime traditions and an annual piano festival. The town is situated in lush, rolling countryside on the banks of the river Barrow, 21 miles (34 kilometers) west of Wexford town.

The history of five generations of the Kennedy clan is told at the Kennedy Homestead, now a popular visitor center. President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandparents left New Ross in 1848, but the family remains an important part of the town’s history. A life-size statue of John F. Kennedy stands at the quay of New Ross. Families can trace the roots of their own family tree back to Wexford at the New Ross Tourist Office.

The story of Irish emigration to the New World comes to life at the Dunbrody Famine Ship. The 177-foot (54-meter) long vessel is a reconstruction of a 19th-century ship that was used to carry emigrants to North America during the Great Famine.

The town is thought to date back to the 6th century. Visit buildings that date from medieval times, such as the 13th-century structure of St Mary’s Church, one of the first Gothic churches built in Ireland. St Mary’s overlooks the town from its position on a hill. Climb to the top for views of the town. Marvel at the carvings on the ruined chancel and transepts, and read the inscriptions on centuries-old tombstones. Inside the church is a Steinway piano and a hall with warm acoustics and seating for 350 people. This is the setting for the popular annual piano festival, which takes over New Ross for a few days each September.

If you feel like getting out of town, take a scenic walk along the river Barrow. The river offers many fishing and boating opportunities. Rent a car and drive to the coast. Learn about the area’s maritime traditions at the Hook Head lighthouse. The lighthouse is 23.6 miles (38 kilometers) from New Ross.

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Beaufort House
Beaufort House
3.5 out of 5
Mountgarrett Road. N 30, New Ross, County Wexford
The price is £49 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated in New Ross, this guesthouse is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dunbrody Emigrant Ship and within 9 miles (15 km) of Kennedy Homestead and John F. Kennedy Arboretum. ...
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Reviewed on 20 Dec 2021

Beaufort House
Brandon House Hotel
Brandon House Hotel
4 out of 5
New Ross, New Ross, Wexford
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The price is £73 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb
Located in New Ross, this family-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Dunbrody Emigrant Ship, and within 9 mi (15 km) of John F. Kennedy Arboretum and Kennedy ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (265 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, staff were welcoming and helpful, food was great, leisure facilities such a bonus. No complaints or issues. Stayed here previously for large family gathering and will do so again."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Brandon House Hotel
Creacon Wellness Retreat
Creacon Wellness Retreat
4 out of 5
Creaken Lower, New Ross
Situated in a rural location, this spa guesthouse is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Dunbrody Emigrant Ship and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kennedy Homestead and John F. ...
Creacon Wellness Retreat
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Warren Farm, Whitechurch, New Ross, County Wexford
This family-friendly New Ross holiday home is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kennedy Homestead and John F. Kennedy Arboretum. Dunbrody Emigrant ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
A little piece of paradise
"Our 7 night stay at the cottage was everything we were looking for and more. It was equipped with everything we needed for our stay. The bbq was used most evening's and we eat in the picturesque garden. Where you had the most beautiful plants and trees to add to your privacy. Patricia welcomed us ..."

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2021

The perfect place to do nothing !
Country home with a view of green fields
Country home with a view of green fields
Green Land House, Knockea, Campile, New Ross, County Wexford
Located in New Ross, this family-friendly cottage is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Dunbrody Emigrant Ship, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Woodstock House and Gardens and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Very comfortable stay
"Well maintained and very clean property with a charming host."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Country home with a view of green fields
Traditional Farm Cottage with lots of Character, Quality and Countryside Views.
Traditional Farm Cottage with lots of Character, Quality and Countryside Views.
Warren Farm, New Ross, County Wexford
This family-friendly New Ross cottage is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kennedy Homestead and John F. Kennedy Arboretum. Dunbrody Emigrant Ship and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Brilliant
"Perfect for a couple or a family with young kids."

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021

Traditional Farm Cottage with lots of Character, Quality and Countryside Views.
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