The most visited attractions in Hook Peninsula

Hook Head Lighthouse, ©Joe Houghton/Flickr

Hook Peninsula is a peninsula in County Wexford with surrounding countryside and beautiful cultural attractions. It offers many activity options for families and individuals alike. You can go horse-riding, play golf or experience the peninsula by Safari.

The peninsula is famous for gorgeous beaches and coves which are perfect for water-based activities, as surfing, kayaking, scuba diving and kite surfing. But you will see, that the people of the Hook Peninsula are the best. They are friendly and warm, philosophical and interesting. They will help you if you need it and always have time for telling real stories about days gone by. And this is why you will never forget the Hook Peninsula with his wonderful attractions.

Loftus Hall

Loftus Hall is a large mansion house what is considered to be a haunted place by the devil and by the ghost of a young woman. It was built by the Redmond family in 1350. Later the Hall was rebuilt between 1870 and 1871 by the 4th Marquess of Ely. In 1917 it was bought by the Providence Sisters and used as  a convent and a school for young girls. In 1983 it was reopened as “Loftus Hall Hotel” by Michael Dedveraux, which closed again in 1990s. It was sold again to an unnamed buyer in 2008. Many of the visitors told that Loftus Hall has a special radiation.

Hook Head Lighthouse

Inside of Hook Head Lighthouse, ©Michal Osmenda/Flickr

Hook Head lighthouse was constructed between 1170 and 1184 by the Normans and is the oldest lighthouse in Ireland. And not only, but also is one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the world. The walls were constructed of mortar of lime, limestone and ox blood. It a beautiful Irish Heritage site and the most visited sites in Wexford. The lighthouse offers unforgettable tours, a craft shop, café and an informative center for visitors.

Hook Head Lighthouse, ©Joe Houghton/Flickr

Kennedy Homestead

Kennedy Homestead is located in Duganstown and it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Hook Peninsula area. Dedicated to Patrick Kennedy, the grandfather of President John F. Kennedy, this beautiful building is a cultural museum. The site is still a real working farm that visitors can explore. It also has a visitors’ center which a souvenir shop, John F. Kennedy memorabilia, and audio-visual displays. Kennedy Homestead is open from May until September.

Dunbrody Abbey

Dunbrody Abbey, ©brookscl1/Flickr

Dunbrody Abbey was founded in 1170 and it is one of the best instances of Cistercian monastic architecture in Ireland. The abbey was created on the command of Herve de Montmorency after the Norman invasion. It was completed in almost 50 years and it became a place of prayer for 300 years until 1542. The abbey contains a tea room, a craft center and you will find a yew-hedge maze used in walking prayer. It is open every day from May until mid-September.


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