The Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula
A 13th Century Norman structure, built by the Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster.
An age-old gateway into Ireland, County Wexford is steeped in history dating back to the Stone Age, over 6,000 years ago. Journey through time and meet our ancestors - Celts, Christians, Vikings, Normans, French, Welsh and English - who have left us a quite remarkable heritage, unrivalled anywhere else in Ireland.
Now, for the first time ever, Wexford’s history, culture and magnificent landscape is presented to you in a very special way, on the Wexford Heritage Trail. From mountain to sea, mainland to islands, our trail leads you to castles, churches and abbeys, battlefields, historic towns and villages, great houses and gardens, windmills and forts. Explore the world’s oldest lighthouse, Ireland’s biggest open-air museum, and its most famous Famine Ship! Discover a landscape rich in biodiversity, from unique coastal habitats to the famous Wexford Slobs, a haven for wildlife and one of the most important wild bird reserves in the world.
Along our Trail, follow in the footsteps of monarchs and monks, knights and warriors, rebels and rogues, gentry and even the odd ghost! Wexford Heritage Trail has something for everyone - you won’t be disappointed! All you have to do is turn the page and be ready for a great adventure!