The Stormin' Normans Tour

Single Day Tour Starts in Co. Wexford & Ends in Co. Wexford

Tour highlights

This wonderful day tour will give you a fuller understanding of Ireland’s Medieval past while at the same time allowing you to explore a little more of the county, enjoy some wonderful views, get out in the fresh air and try some great locally produced foods.

You will visit the following places on the day:

  • The Irish National Heritage Park
  • The Norman Way
  • Ballyhack Castle
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Hook Lighthouse

Please note – during off-season certain sites are closed, the tour can be adapted around this and you will be given a list of alternative sites to visit

The Normans made a big impact on Ireland's landscape. Particularly along the Ancient East, Kilkenny, Trim, Waterford even Dublin itself where all heavily influenced by the Normans. If you are planning on touring the island, this tour will help you gain a deeper understanding and a help you imagine what many of Ireland's National Monuments looked like the day they were built!

Tour operator

"I grew up in the tourism sector, my father a successful hotelier and publican in Dublin and my Grandmother ran a lovely guesthouse here in Wexford. It has always been my dream to establish a tour company that creates a personal connection with each of my guests, while showcasing the rich heritage and culture that is the island of Ireland. 

A total history nerd and lover of all things Irish, I thoroughly enjoy gallivanting around the place, making memories and having new adventures.

Ever since I was a small child, I’ve adored the stories of the Tuatha De Dannan, Cuchulain, the Fianna and all the magic and mystery of my Ancient Celtic ancestors 1000s of years ago.

Living in Wexford has given me a deep interest and appreciation for Medieval Ireland, those dark days of conquest, when first the Vikings and then the Normans arrived, the witchcraft trials of Kilkenny, the Black Death and fantastic figures with names like Strongbow, Raymond le Gros (the fat!), Diarmaid MacMurchadha na Ngall (Dermot of the foreigners).

Growing up, my mother restored period houses, this gave myself and my two sisters a fascination of the Georgian and the Victorian era. While my father won many awards for his celebration of Victorian and Edwardian pubs. This era is so compelling, their rigid social hierarchy, the strict rules they lived by, and the intriguing lives of the rule breakers, the smugglers, the pirates and most importantly for us here, the rebels and revolutionaries like Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet. 

Five years ago, I began running tours for foreign students staying locally, I enjoyed it so much I left my full-time job to finally open my own company – Gallivanting Tours and so here we are today. 

They say the past is like a different country, so let me be your guide as we travel back in time to ancient Ireland, you’ll be totally intrigued by some of the tales I have to tell you!"

Lorraine, Gallivanting Tours

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What's included

  • The full services of a professional and knowledgeable guide.
  • Private hire, 9 seater VW Caravelle
  • Collection and drop off at your desired location
  • Parking and fuel costs
  • Cooler box and rugs, cushions etc if you would like to bring a picnic
  • Towels in case the sun is shining and you feel the need to take a dip
  • Umbrellas in case its not…..the towels might be needed then too
  • Freedom to alter the tour to your tastes*
  • Photo opportunities
  • Complimentary Whiskey Toast at the end of the tour
  • Complimentary Spring Water and Wexford Food Family Samples Hamper
  • In Autumn/Winter months some sites are closed, however, there are alternative Castles and Norman sites to visit and less crowds so don’t let that put you off booking!

*Some restrictions may apply

For larger groups and corporate packages, please inquire.