Explore one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world and one of Ireland’s favourite attractions.
Explore the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Voted one of Ireland’s favourite attractions, Hook Lighthouse in Wexford is truly one of a kind. Purpose built 800 years ago by Knight William Marshal, take a step back in time and enjoy a guided tour hearing tales of medieval times and life as a light keeper. Take in the spectacular view from the balcony with miles of sea rolling out before you. Enjoy the visitor centre with gift shop, exhibits and cafe. Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week sharing with visitors one of the greatest experiences on Ireland’s Ancient East.
Lighthouses have a magic and mysticism of their own; none more so than the 13th Century Hook Lighthouse. Come and explore the fascinating history of the world’s oldest working lighthouse established from a beacon in the 6th century to a grand tower built by the ‘greatest knight that ever lived’ William Marshall to generations of devoted light keepers protecting lives at sea.
Today, you can be guided up the 115 well worn spiral steps of the tower and explore the thick walled chamber, with each ascending step trail the daily and nightly ritual of every light keeper who served at Hook Lighthouse. Journey through the ages of the world’s oldest working lighthouse and learn the tales and fascinating stories of those who spent their lives watching over the safety of those at sea from your first meeting with the life-sized hologram figure of St. Dubhan, who tells of perishing nights spent with his fellow monks in the 5th century warning sailors against the dangers with a beacon they kept alight on the headland. Climb further and meet another life-sized figure, Strongbow’s son in law William Marshal, lauded with the title ‘the greatest knight that ever lived’. Marshal tells of his empire in the Southeast of Ireland and how he built the lighthouse tower in the 13th century in order to guide shipping to his Port at New Ross, Wexford.
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Hook Lighthouse is located at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Ireland. The lighthouse on the R734.
40 minutes from New Ross town
50 minutes drive from Wexford town
1 hour from Waterford City
1 hour from Rosslare Port
1 hour and fifteen minutes from Kilkenny Castle
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Loc8 Code: Y5M-77-RK8
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