FESTIVALS IN WEXFORD
 
 
THE HERITAGE AND CULTURAL
COUNTY OF WEXFORD
 
 
CURRACLOE BEACH
CO WEXFORD
 
 
THE HOOK LIGHTHOUSE
AND VISITOR CENTRE
 
 
LOFTUS HALL
 
 
JOHNSTOWN CASTLE GARDENS
& IRISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
 
 
JFK MEMORIAL PARK
& ARBORETUM
 
 
TINTERN ABBEY
WEXFORD, IRELAND
 
 
WARREN FARM
GUEST COTTAGES
 
 
WEXFORD HERITAGE TRAIL
 
 

THE HOOK LIGHTHOUSE AND VISITOR CENTRE

Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford has been voted the number one lighthouse in the world and is an enduringly popular attraction in south east Ireland. Described by Lonely Planet Guide as a “little plump lighthouse, the granddaddy of all lighthouses", it has been marking the entrance to Waterford Harbour for at least 2,000 years.

One of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world, the present structure dates back 800 years to the medieval tower of Hook. Today there is a visitor centre, a café serving light meals, a gift shop and the tower itself to discover. Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower all year round—one of the top things to do in Wexford and Waterford. Climb the 115 steps to enjoy the spectacular view of the county coastline from the balcony.

Hook Lighthouse, constructed with local limestone, is one of the most fascinating examples of medieval architecture in Ireland. The tower stands four stories high, with walls of up to 4m thick. The tower itself consists of three rib-vaulted chambers in the lower tier, while the upper narrower section carried the warning beacon in times gone by.

A range of festivals and family events take place at Hook Lighthouse, including the Maritime Matters Festival on the May bank holiday weekend, the Pirate Festival in July, a series of Summer Lectures and Heritage Week Vintage Day. Themed cookery demonstrations, historical re-enactments, charity fundraisers and themed art workshops are other unique ways to enjoy the atmosphere of Hook Lighthouse.