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61c. Hook Head and Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford


RING OF HOOK, Hook Peninsula, County Wexford

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Hook Head lighthouse is right on the southern-most tip of the Hook Head Peninsular.

Coastal Scenes near Hook Head Lighthouse










Hook Head lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world and is partly a Norman early 13th century structure built by the Earl of Pembroke as part of his development of his 'Lordship of Leinster' and so has been in continuous use for nearly 800 years. There is an interesting visitor centre, cafe and gift shop.


The treacherous rocks off Hook Head.


View of Hook Head lighthouse in its full context of saving ships from shipwreck on the rocks.












Tour of Hook Head Lighthouse































Hook Head Cafe and Museum


The Cafe and Gift Shop at Hook Head Lighthouse


Hook Head Lighthouse Museum, County Wexford, South-East Ireland: The historic Hook Head Lighthouse is situated on the end of an unspoilt peninsula in County Wexford. It is over 800 years old and one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. Norman monks built the first tower in 1172 around which a later tower was built. As well as a fine picnic spot on the rocks looking out to sea watching the fishing boats go by. there is the Hook Head Lighthouse Cafe to visit after the guided tour. In 1996 it was fully automated and remains one of the most important lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast of South-east Ireland. If you staying in Waterford, you have to cross the River Suir via the ferry from Passage East to Ballyhack (below).


The old church at Hook Village

The ruins of the old medieval church in Hook Village.


Some of the medieval tracery of the carved stone windows still survives.



Ring of Hook Index

61a. Ballyhack and the Passage East Ferry 61b. Templetown 61c. Hook Head and Hook Lighthouse 61d. Slade Castle and Slade Harbour 61e. Baginbun Beach 61f. Fethard Castle 61g. Tintern Abbey, Saltmills 61h. Duncannon, Beach, Fort and Harbour

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