Voted one of Ireland’s favourite attractions and the oldest working lighthouse in the world, Hook Lighthouse in Wexford is truly one of a kind. Purpose built 800 years ago by the Greatest Knight, William Marshal, you can take a step back in time and enjoy a guided tour hearing tales of medieval times and of life as a light house keeper. Visitors can take in the spectacular view from the balcony with miles of sea rolling out before them and enjoy the visitor centre with a gift shop, exhibits and a café. 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. 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 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.