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Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse

Southeast Ireland | County Wexford

Lighthouse, located at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford is one of the oldest working lighthouses in the world. It was built in the early 13th century by William Marshal, son in law of Richard de Clare (known as Strongbow), as part of the development of his lordship of Leinster. However, it wasn't the first navigation light on the Hook Head. In 5th century, Welsh St Dubhan has built a warning beacon on the site of today's Hook Lighthouse, and monks from the nearby monastery, which he also founded, served as a lightkeepers until mid 17th century. The 13th century tower was constructed of local limestone and has 13m in diameter at the base, with walls up to four meters thick. It consists of two tiers linked by a mural stairway (within the wall). The first tier has three storeys, each consisting of a rib vaulted chamber with original thirteenth century fireplace. There are a number of small chambers, built into the thick walls, including two garderobes (toilets). The upper tier has 6m in diameter and originally has supported the fire beacon, which now is replaced by a modern lantern. In 2001, the Hook Lighthouse was opened to the public and became one of the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland. The former light keepers houses, now serve as visitor centre, which provides guided tours to the lighthouse. The tour provides many interesting stories and facts about the keepers life and finishes on the balcony, which gives spectacular views of surrounding area.

    • Monday to Sunday :
      • Jun & Jul & Aug: 9.30am to 6pm
      • May & Sept: 9.30am to 5.30pm
      • Rest of year: 9am to 5pm
    • Adult: 6€
    • Child (under 5 years): Free;
    • Child (5-16 years): 3.50€
    • Student/Seniors: 4.50€
    • Family (2 adults, 2 children): 18€
  • CAR PARK :
    • Yes
    • Phone: 00353 (051) 397 055

Photos from Hook Lighthouse