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Dunbrody Abbey Maze and The Hook Peninsula

One of only two full size mazes in Ireland

A magical yew maze, made with over 1,500 yew trees and gravel paths, it is a sight to behold at Dunbrody Abbey, In Irish folklore, the yew tree symbolizes death and rebirth, an apt metaphor for the history of Dunbrody.

By Hook or by Crook

Hook Head is said to have found its way into common English usage in the saying “By Hook or by Crook.” A phrase derived from a vow made by Oliver Cromwell to take Waterford by Hook (on the Wexford side of the estuary) or by Crook (a village on the Waterford side of the estuary).

Loftus Hall is a large country house on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford. Built on the site of the original Redmond Hall, it is said by locals to have been haunted by the devil and the ghost of a young woman. It has become internationally recognised as one of the most haunted houses in the world.

The Hook Peninsula boasts heritage dating from every important period in Ireland’s fascinating history, from monastic times through to the Normans and the Knights Templar and onwards throughout the years to the modern era. The centuries have left their mark on the landscape in the most picturesque and aesthetic of manners. From the majestic beauty of Tintern Abbey, to the 12th Century Dunbrody Abbey, one of the finest examples of a Cistercian Monastery in Ireland and on to perhaps the most famous piece of architecture, the Hook Lighthouse; you will find a rich tapestry of Irish history wherever you turn when visiting this magical part of the world.

Booking Details

Most attractions around the Hook do not require booking but here are some you can book ahead of arrival:

Dunbrody Abbey Maze:

May to September – 11.00am to 5.30pm and in July and August closing time is extended to 6.00pm.

October to April – Closed

Hook Lighthouse tour:

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Tours every half hour from 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. and later during peak season. Last admission: 4.30pm.

Duncannon Forth tour:

Opening Hours: Tours at 11.30, 12.45, 2.30, 3.45 Wednesday to Sunday. If paying on the day please arrive 10 mins in advance of your preferred tour time.

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Tintern Abby tour:

Admission €5.00, Senior Citizen/Group €4.00, Child/Student €3.00, Family €13.00 Free admission with OPW Heritage Card or Colclough Walled Garden (CWG) Annual Ticket, reduced admission with CWG daily admission ticket. Free admission to the Abbey tea-rooms

Open Daily from April to end of October. Closed November to March inclusive.

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