Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship


We at Beaufort House invite you, to visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship. New Ross is home to the Dunbrody Famine Ship, one of the premier tourist attractions in the south east of Ireland.

Visitors to New Ross, County Wexford will immediately be drawn to the magnificent sight of the masts and rigging of the historic emigrant ship Dunbrody towering over the quayside. The ship is a full scale replica of the original, which was built in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross and which carried thousands of emigrants from Ireland to North America over a period of thirty years, trading extensively all over the world. The tour provides a authentic reproduction of life as an 1840’s emigrant aboard the vessel, it provides a world class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience. You will experience the sights, smells and sounds of a tall ship crossing the ocean, as well as meeting the captain and crew, and encountering emigrants telling their stories.


As well as the ship’s tour, the Dunbrody Visitor Centre houses a charming river view café and the Irish America Hall of Fame. The hall of fame commemorates the critical contribution made by Irish men and women to U.S history, as well as acknowledging the continuing contribution of contemporary Irish Americans. Each year the hall of fame inducts new members, most recently Donald Keough, Michael Flatley and Maureen O’Hara. For more details, facilities, etc, please see website. 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.

Dunbrody recalls the romantic age of sailing ships as well as giving a unique insight into the mass emigration of the Great Famine and the years following. All this on the very spot where President John F. Kennedy recalled his great grandparents leaving Ireland in 1849, “famine emigrants carrying only two things, a strong desire for freedom and a strong religious faith”.

For more information on visiting the Dunbrody Famine Ship, during your stay, please contact Beaufort House, we are always very happy to help.


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