Best day trips from New Ross
What happens when we go away ? We appreciate everything that little bit more! While New Ross is a wonderful, historic and fascinating town, there’s a lot more to Ireland than just our town. Luckily for you, you can explore pretty much anywhere in Ireland and be back again within a day. Even on our doorstep…. travelling outside of New Ross visitors can head 25 – 60 minutes in any direction and a digital detox will await!
Next up on our Road Trip from New Ross is our North Wexford neighbours Gorey, a historic market town with a position on the main road between Wexford & Dublin which has made it an important regional hub for centuries. But it’s far from a dormitory town – the centre is still very much alive and the tree-lined main street has kept its market-town feel with plenty of independent businesses.
Old Bawn Beach
Old Bawn Beach is a 3km section of a long stretch of sandy coastline extending south from Cahore Point and includes part of the Cahore Polders and Dunes National Heritage Area.
The Beach has an easterly aspect overlooking the Irish Sea and is bordered on the west by a line of sand dunes. The area is essentially rural with the nearest major population centre in Gorey Town.
Oldbawn beach has been awarded the Green Coast Award for 2019.
Discover the 400-year-old history of Wells House & Gardens by taking a guided exploration of the house. The living house tour and expert guide in Victorian dress will bring you back to a time. To a time when the magnificent ground floor and bedrooms witnessed the stories of Cromwell, Rebellions and the Famine. Uncover the everyday lives of the wealthy, powerful families who lived in the estate and their famed architect Daniel Robertson. All giving you a unique insight into the life of previous generations all the way up until the current owners of Wells House & Gardens moved in. Make sure to check out the Versailles room where you can look….but you can’t touch, simply Instagrammable!
U2 played Gorey back in 1980, as part of the lineup at the Gorey Arts Festival. At first they ruffled some feathers – including those of the local canoe club. “We were supposed to be having a meeting next door to the Theatre Hall, but it was too noisy, so we had to call it off.”
(He added: “We went in to see the band instead, and it turned out to be a great show.”)
Head into Gorey’s Town Centre, where you have all the beautiful boutiques, stylish men’s shops and the bespoke handmade gifts as it is a shopping scene that is not to be overlooked. With brilliant little stores popping up around every nook and cranny, it has a great vibe and we’re sure you’ll find something to suit all the family.
Originally established in June 2010 as “Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary” located in Co Kerry, the facility was destroyed by a severe storm in March 2014. At that point, the organisation rebranded as “Seal Rescue Ireland” and moved to the current site in Courtown, Co Wexford, where they’ve continued their work ever since. Learn about the great work the guys do to help seals.
Daily tours of the rescue, offers an insight into the importance of environmental conservation when it comes to seal welfare. Then, there’s all the fundraising that has to be done so that they can keep doing what they do.
The Kitchen Gorey’ is an award winning restaurant based around a modern industrial style dining environment. The Kitchen’s philosophy is a humble one: To create simple but refined dishes using only the very best local/Irish/seasonal/fresh/organic ingredients and their latest review speaks volumes for the feast that awaits.
“The food here is to die for and the portion size is really good value for money. The staff were friendly and welcoming and certainly left us to enjoy our meal without constant interruption, overall I had a fantastic experience here and would certainly go back again”
The Kitchen’ offers delicious evening meals where the smell of a wood fired oven fills the air with seasonal changes and daily specials and also caters for those who want to drop by for a casual lite lunch or coffee.
Ireland has a long tradition of storytelling, once the Storyteller sat by the side of the King or Queen, such was the respect they commanded! Stories are part of our DNA, passed down generation after generation. Lorraine blends fantastic stories & great artisan foods on personalised private day tours.
and what trip to Gorey would be complete without a trip to Pirates Cove….
Enjoy the 18 hole mini golf while venturing through giant caves, a cascading waterfall, and a full-sized shipwreck of a treasure-laden galleon on Europe’s best Adventure Golf course. Play at night with low level lighting for a magical experience with a truly exotic feel. A fantastic experience and one not too be missed on your day trip to Gorey.