Hook Peninsula attractions

Top Choice Lighthouse in Hook Head

Hook Lighthouse

On its southern tip, Hook Head is capped by the world's oldest working lighthouse, with a modern light flashing atop a 13th-century tower. Access is by half-hour guided tour, which includes a climb up the 115 steps …
Ruins in Hook Peninsula

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey is named after its Welsh counterpart, from where its first monks hailed. The atmospheric remains of the abbey enjoy a lovely setting amid 40 hectares of woodland. Unusually for an abbey, it has a long …
Historic Building in Hook Head

Loftus Hall

Situated 3.5km northeast of Hook Head, this crumbling manor house gazes across Waterford Harbour to Dunmore East. Dating from the 1600s and rebuilt in the 1870s, Loftus Hall is reputed to be one of Ireland's most ha…
Historic Building in Duncannon

Dunbrody Abbey

Beside the R733, 9km north of Duncannon, ruined Dunbrody Abbey is a remarkably intact Cistercian abbey founded by Strongbow in 1170 and completed in 1220. Across the road from the ruins is a museum with a huge doll'…
Fort in Duncannon

Duncannon Fort

Star-shaped Duncannon Fort, just west of Duncannon village, was built in 1588 to stave off a feared attack by the Spanish Armada, and was later used by the Irish army as a WWI training base (most buildings here date…
Gardens in Hook Peninsula

Colclough Walled Garden

Walking trails lead 350m from Tintern Abbey to the beautiful, 200-year-old Colclough Walled Garden. It has been replanted and restored to its former glory, following a layout set down in 1838.
Castle in Duncannon

Ballyhack Castle

Pretty Ballyhack village is 5.5km northwest of Duncannon. It’s dominated by the 15th-century Ballyhack Castle, a Knights Hospitallers tower house containing a small exhibition on the Crusades.