Mizen Head
Experience the Magic of the Mizen

Mizen Head Visitor Centre is three experiences in one exciting package.

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

Fastnet 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 original rooms have been retained to recall the lifestyle of the men of the Irish lights.

The corridor has been turned into a cave with vistas of the ecology and heritage of the Mizen Peninsula.

The first room displays the fascinating story of the building of the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse.


The second room evokes life underwater. There are over 80 major wrecks round the Mizen and hundreds of smaller boats.

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.

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.

This room houses a unique collection of facsimile maps and coastal
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

Mizen Café
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.

Washroom facilities
Facilities for your comfort are located to the right off the Entrance Hall


  Mizen Head Visitor Centre
Mizen Head, County Cork,

Tel: 028 35115/35225