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Kennedy Homestead and Emigrant Trail
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Experience the journey from Irish Famine Emigrant to President of the United States at the Kennedy Homestead and Emigrant Trail. 

Follow the rise from Famine Emigrant to President! The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great grandfather, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty which is still farmed by his descendants.

The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “The Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind” and plays a vital part in the continued preservation of The Kennedy legacy in Ireland.

The curators of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretive exhibit which explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in 1847 and pieces together the story of the most famous Irish-American family through the 20th century to the present day.

Facilities at the Homestead include a unique collection of Kennedy memorabilia, audio visual, wheelchair access, souvenir shop and extensive car park and coach parking facilities.

The centre provides an exhibition experience, incorporating audio visuals, a photographic exhibition and historical interpretive display.

Highlights include:

·         Personal welcome and introduction for all visitors

·         Explore the Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F Kennedy's great-grandfather

·         Interpretive exhibits, featuring the extended Kennedy Clan

·         Original artefacts including JFK’s Dog-tags and Rosary Beads

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

Re-open from July 1st 2020 with reduced numbers.

April - September 
Daily 9:30 - 17:30

October - March 
Daily 10:00 - 17:00

Contact Details

Kennedy Homestead and Emigrant Trail,
Dunganstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34KW31 

T: +353 (0) 51 388 264
W: www.kennedyhomestead.ie

Closed: For one week over Christmas

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing 

Approx Visit Duration: 45 to 60 minutes. The area is self-guided and visitors are invited to spend as long as they wish


Admission Prices 2020

Adult: €8.00
Senior (aged 65+): €7.00
Student (with valid ID): €6.00
Child: €6.00
Child (under 3): Free
Family (2A+1C): €20
Family (2A+2C): €22
Family (2A+3C): €25.00

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Other Useful Information

Translation leaflets available in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Italian.

Coffee dock providing fresh teas, coffees and sweet snacks. Limited seating available throughout the site.

Gift shop with Kennedy Homestead souvenirs and a selection of local artisan products.

Car and coach parking on-site.

Fully accessible and accessible toilet 

Group rates available on request. 


Map Location

The Kennedy Homestead, located in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East, is 8km from New Ross; an ancient town on the banks of the river Barrow and is conveniently located on the N25 Wexford to Waterford route. The town is also home to the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience & Restaurant. The Kennedy Homestead is circa 30 minutes from Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford and Enniscorthy. Rosslare Euro Port us 45minutes and Dublin 120 minutes.

The Homestead is ideally situated for those looking to explore the iconic Hook Head Peninsula and Light House. Visitors can opt to spend the day exploring The Emigrant Trail, a 24km trail in the vicinity of New Ross, incorporating The Dunbrody Famine Ship, The Kennedy Homestead and The John F Kennedy Memorial Park.

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