Things to Do in Hookhead

  • Loftus Hall – Tours and Adventures
  • Visit the John F Kennedy Park
  • Tour Hookhead and take the Lighthouse Tour
  • Visit Tintern , walk in the Garlic woods and tour the Abbey
  • Visit the Kennedy Homestead
  • Fish from the Rocks or Charter a boat
  • Play the New Abbey Par 3 course in Fethard on Sea
  • Enjoy any of the 14 beaches in the area
  • Visit New Ross and tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Go horse riding in the centre’s around hook
  • Take a course at the outdoor centre in Shielbaggan
  • Dive from hook head with Hook Sub-Aqua Club
  • Visit the Fort in Duncannon
  • Visit Ballyhack Castle
  • Wexford Opera Festival

Loftus Hall
Visit Loftus Hall and take a tour of this abandoned haunted house with a dark and troubled history. The house remains in its abandoned state since the departure of its previous owner. Let our tour guides take you through the ground floor of Loftus Hall on a sixty minute interactive tour. The Legend is just part of the story of Loftus Hall as the Hook Peninsula is steeped in history dating back to the Norman invasion of 1169. Loftus Hall in fact owes its existence to those invaders. For a snapshot of the Legend roll over the cards on the right. Check out the various tours available below, there’s something for everyone.

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John F Kennedy Park
Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 – 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slieve Coillte. It contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in botanical sequence. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. A road provides access to the summit at 271m from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and audio visual show. Access for people with disabilitiesFor more details click here to visit the Web Site

Hook Head Lighthouse
Visit the oldest working lighthouse in the world, enjoy a guided tour or visit the restaurant.For more information click here.
For a History of the Lighthouse click here

Hookhead also have a web cam in operation to see the weather east and west –

Tintern Abbey
A Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s –

Bass , Cod , Pollack and Mackerel are very common in the waters around hook head. Beach fishing and fishing from the rocks towards hook head are very popular.

Boat Charters – Ballyhack
The Wild Swan is a 42 ft charter and angling vessel, 28 knots. Contact Jim Foley, Tel: 051 389225 or 087 678 1245
Boat Charters – Duncannon:
South East Charters. Fast purpose built, angling boat. Max. 12 persons. Licensed and fully insured.
Contact: Walter Foley. Tel: 051 389242 or Mobile 087 243 7148

Diving – The Hook Sub-Aqua Club
Based in the Hook Peninsula 20 miles south of New Ross. The club has 50 members. The club dive boats are 5.5m and 6.5m Tornado RIBs.
The club has just built 200sq.m dive centre at Slade which has been in operation since 1999. Facilities include compressor with bottle bank, changing and showers, equipment washing, catering facilities, car parking, equipment storage, local dive site information, Oxygen and First Aid, Marine VHF base and a Helipad. Marine Rescue Helicopter based at Waterford, 10 miles away. Slade Harbour (dry at low water) is used for launching boats and shore diving is available on both the east and west sides of the peninsula, permitting diving in most weather. Diving Enthusiasts will love the Hook area for its exceptionally clear waters (up to 35-40 feet) and the diversity of wrecks. Compressor and diving packages available. For more diving information you should contact the Hook Sub Aqua Club.
Tel: 086 8327561
Click here for the Web site

Horse Riding
The following centres offer Equestrian activitiesHoretown House Equestrian Centre
Tel: 051 565786 / 565771,
Fax: 051 565633
Offering accommodation  Seaview Trekking Centre
Tel: 051 562239
Offering accommodation

Shelmalier Riding Stables
053 9139251

Ballingale Farm Equestrian Centre
Taghmon, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Phone: 053 9134287
Proprietor: Valerie Charlton
Offering accommodation

Dunbroady Famine Ship New Ross
The original Dunbrody was a three-masted barque built in Quebec, Canada, for the Graves family of New Ross, Co. Wexford in 1845. She carried many emigrants to the new world from 1845-1870.The Dunbrody was finished in early 2001 and has been opened to visitors since 1st May 2001 at the quayside in New Ross.Click here to visit the Dunbrody Web Site

Visitors to the area have a choice of courses Visit the newly opened 18 hole Abbey Par 3, 2 miles form Fethard on sea.Play the Course in New Ross, call 051 421433?
Play the Dunmore East . click here

Duncannon Fort
Duncannon Fort is a star shaped fort built at a strategically important promontory in Waterford Harbour. It was built in 1588 in the expectation of an attack on the area by the Spanish Armada. There had previously been a Celtic fort and a Norman castle on the site. The fort is noted for its dry moat, exterior walls and the legend of the croppy boy. Restoration work still in progress.Click here for more info

Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre
This adventure centre has residential and day courses with land and water based activitiesClick here for more info

Ballyhack Castle Ballyhack Co. Wexford

Tel: +353 51 389468

The castle, a larger tower house, is thought to have been built c.1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St John. They were one of the two great military orders of the 12th century founded at the time of the crusades. The castle is set in the medieval fishing village of Ballyhack. It has displays of knights, medieval monks, with its dungeon, murder hole, effigies and oratory – the remains of the past, still on view….!

For more information click here

The Kennedy Homestead
The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants. The Visitor Centre with its unique collection of John F. Kennedy memorabilia, Audio-Visual Display, Souvenir Shop, Picnic Area, Toilets, Wheelchair Access and extensive Car and Coach Parking facilities. For more information click here

Wexford Opera
THE INVADER, is a new Irish opera created by Eric Sweeney & Mark Roper, presented by Theatre Royal Productions and is inspired by the parable of The Bacchae, from the great Greek playwright Euripides.

Date(s):30th May 2014

For more information click here

Other Heritage Sites in the South East click here for a full listing of heritage sites in the south east