Hook Head Lighthouse, County Wexford

Hook Head Lighthouse, County Wexford

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Lighthouses have a magic and mysticism of their own, none more so than the 13th Century Hook Lighthouse which is located in the south-western corner of County Wexford. The present structure is about 800 years old and is the oldest operational Lighthouse in the world. When the Tower of Hook became fully automated in 1996 and no longer needed resident keepers, it was decided to celebrate its uniqueness by opening it to the public.

Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower, a 13th Century Norman structure, built by William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster. Climb the 115 steps to the spectacular view from the balcony. The former lighthouse keeper's houses now play host to the visitor facilities, gift shop selling reasonably priced gifts of a nautical nature; cafe serving homemade soup sandwiches and various seafood options, scones; art exhibits and maritime displays.

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