Mizen Head Visitor Centre is three experiences in one exciting
The site ranges over a dynamic new centre above at the car park,
the keepers’ quarters below, numerous enchantments on the way
along the path and over the bridge.
Tickets for your visit can be purchased in the Ticket Office to
the left in the Entrance Hall
Navigational Aids Simulator- the first in Ireland of its kind.
Real journeys simulating ECDIS, Radar, weather conditions,
other shipping conditions are displayed.
Automatic Weather Station showing present weather.
Fastnet Rock – 10th scale model of the famous lighthouse
surrounded by a 35’ mural of the Mizen landscape
Sky to Seabed –500 tiles individually crafted from the ceiling
to the floor.
Hands – the Lighthouse Keepers’ hobbies
Wildlife on the Mizen –a photographic collage by Richard Mills
Lighthouses of the South West Coast by John Eagle.
Marconi in Crookhaven
The Shamrock – the restoration of the West Cork Yawl
Local Keepers and the Irish Lights – a film by Tish Barry
Experience the Magic of the Mizen On the Way
The path leads from the Visitor Centre above to the Signal
Station below. On the Way there is plenty to see.
International Code Flags
Propellor of the SS Irada taken from the sea off Mizen
Irish Lights Cutter, used to provision lighthouses
Lightbuoy from Foreland, Belfast Lough
Look out for dolphins, whales and basking sharks. Mizen Head is
a renowned spot for sea watching
Seals under the Bridge
Sea Caves sheltering the remains of L’Impatiente, a French
frigate from Wolfe Tone’s fleet
Choughs, kittiwakes & gannets are our resident seabirds.
The famous 99 Steps-a test of your fitness!
The Arched Bridge – It looks as exciting as it is to cross, but
don’t be afraid, it is well fenced and solid
Ancient Rocks-the tortuous folding of Old Red Sandstone
Views up the west and south coasts.
Radio Transmission Hut. The first radio beacon in Ireland (the
second in the world) was across the gorge.
The Old Fog Signal House at the end of the point
The Lights at the end of the world –USA next stop
The Irish Lights Signal Station
THE KEEPERS’ KITCHEN & BEDROOM
The original rooms have
been retained to recall the lifestyle of the men of the Irish
The corridor has been turned into a cave with vistas of the
ecology and heritage of the Mizen Peninsula.
THE BUILDING OF THE FASTNET
The first room displays the fascinating story of the building of
the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse.
SEA LIFE AND UNDERWATER WRECKS
The second room evokes life underwater. There are over 80 major
wrecks round the Mizen and hundreds of smaller boats.
THE FASTNET RACE
The third room shows the Fastnet Light as seen from the deck of
an Ocean Racer. The world famous race from Cowes to Plymouth
round the Fastnet takes place biennially.
THE ENGINE ROOM
This room houses the massive generator, the last one of three
which used to power the station in emergencies when mainland
power was cut. ‘The Land is the Danger’, Norris Davidson’s 1970s
film of the Irish Lights’ Service is shown in here.
THE MAPS AND ARCHIVES ROOM
This room houses a unique collection of facsimile maps and
pilots held in the security stores of the National Maritime
Museum in Greenwich. Since the time ofPtolemy this area has been
named on maps and charts. Irish Lights Archives show the
everyday life on a Station
Be sure to visit our Café for delicious refreshments, teas,
coffees or a glass of wine. Children’s menu.
Shop @ the Mizen
Our shop’s specialities are unique and customised Maritime,
Lighthouse, Mizen and Fastnet themes.
Facilities for your comfort are located to the right off the