Gorey first appeared as an existing town in Norman records in 1296. It is a carefully planned town with a wide Main Street boulevard and street plan, much like the plantation towns of North Wexford. The Church of Ireland parish church dates from 1861. The town Market House held prisoners of all sides during the holocaust of 1798, while Gorey’s streets and surrounding areas were wincing with the sound of marching feet and open debauchery. Saint Michaels Catholic parish church was designed by the world famous architect Pugin, who is said to have been inspired by Dunbrody Abbey for his work on Saint Michaels. Pugin also designed the Loreto Convent which is beside Saint Michaels. Gorey and its surroundings have plenty to offer the visitor. The town itself boasts fantastic Pugin and listed architecture. It is an ideal base for exploring both Wexford and Wicklow.