The Dunbrody Famine Ship Tour and New Ross
- Dunbrody Famine Ship: Experience life on board a reconstructed "famine ship," with poignant reconstructions of emigrants telling their personal stories.
- Full-scale replica: Explore the captain's quarters, passenger staterooms, and the squalid steerage spaces where hundreds of emigrants endured their long transatlantic voyage.
- New Ross: You'll have some free time to explore this traditional Irish town and learn more about the emigrants that fled poverty and famine from its port.
About this Waterford tour
The plight of the Irish escaping the famine of the 19th century comes alive as you tour the Dunbrody, Ireland's historic emigrant ship. Come aboard this full-scale replica of the ship that carried thousands of Irish emigrants to North America between 1845 and 1851.
Imagine the hardship of the famine emigrants as you descend into the hold of the Dunbrody, where passengers were crammed into tight quarters with scarce food and water. Disease ran rampant, and ships often arrived with fewer than half of their original passengers. Survival was a matter of luck.
You'll hear personal tales of trial and tribulation in harrowing accounts of actual emigrant experiences, faithfully recreating the suffering and misery of their daily lives aboard ship.
You'll have some time to explore New Ross, the port from which the Dunbrody sailed. Stroll The Quay and visit the Dunbrody Irish Emigrant Centre, where you can learn more about the generations of Irish families that lost their lives during the hardships of the 19th century, and of those that started anew in America.
The Kennedy connection
Perhaps the most famous Dunbrody passengers were Patrick Kennedy and Bridget Murphy, great-grandparents of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. On the first visit by a serving president to Ireland, JFK gave a speech in New Ross, the Kennedys' ancestral home, saying "famine emigrants carried only two things: a strong desire for freedom and a strong religious faith." The Dunbrody was built with funds from the John F. Kennedy Trust.
Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign at the exit to the tender pontoon.
Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions in the South East of Ireland.
Dunbrody is wheelchair accessible and walking during free time is done at traveler's own discretion.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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