Built by William Marshall over 800 years ago, Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Embark on a tour of the impressive tower and hear the histories of the Wexford coast. Explore the surroundings and stop off in their café full of wonderful treats. The visitor centre boasts interesting displays and exhibits, and the gift shop leaves everyone with something to remember their Lighthouse experience.
Journey through the ages with 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.
Onwards you will discover the real-life stories of the Lightkeepers and their families and as you reach the four-storey high balcony at the top of the tower, enjoy the vista of the steely blue seas and the graveyard of 1,000 ships including the great Cromwell flagship ‘Great Lewis’ in the 17th century. Enjoy the marine visitors, as you will spot dolphins, seals and even whales.
Back at ground level enjoy the visitor centre and gift shop and be sure to leave some time for a tasty lunch or treat at the Café before you journey on to explore the heritage sites and landmarks imprinted on the Hook Peninsula dating from monastic times to the Normans to the Knights Templar.
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