One Destination, Multiple Experiences

Perched on the edge of the north east Atlantic, Mizen Head is one of the most spectacular headlands on Ireland's Atlantic seaboard. Standing on Mizen, surrounded by the pounding waves, it's impossible not to feel humbled by the raw power of nature.

Yet Mizen's natural grandeur is only a part of what makes your visit to this iconic headland special. Here you'll also find an abundance of history, and an intriguing human story. Mizen's strategic geography made it a significant site for transatlantic shipping and communication, and afforded many an Irish emigrant their final glimpse of home as they departed for a new life half a world away.

That story is eloquently told through the many high-quality exhibits and displays at Mizen Head Visitor Centre and Mizen Head Signal Station.
Mizenhead, Ireland's most southerly point
Discover more about the history of Mizen, get a sneak peak at the various exhibits on display and browse through the archives on the Mizen Guide website. 

Mizen Head, Ireland’s Most South-westerly Point on the Wild Atlantic Way

The facilities at Mizen, including Mizen Head Visitor Centre, Mizen Shop, Mizen Cafe, Mizen Head Signal Station/Mizen Vision, Mizen Information & e-Centre (Goleen) and associated websites, are managed and operated by Mizen Tourism Co-operative Society Ltd. 

Mizen Tourism Co-operative was registered in 1992 as a community Rural Development initiative. The Commissioners of Irish Lights gave the Co-op a lease on the path down over the Bridge and the Signal Station to coincide with the automation and de-manning of Mizen Head Signal on April 1, 1993 and West Cork LEADER Co-op gave EU ‘bottom-up’ funding to develop a visitor attraction. 

Since then Mizen Tourism Co-operative has developed  a full range of facilities at Mizen Head with funding from LEADER, ERDF, Cork County Council, Millennium Funds, CIL, West Cork Bottling, Murphy’s Brewery, Ford, Phil and Sherri Donovan and the shareholders. Mizen Head has taken its place as a successful visitor attraction and an established Irish tourism destination . Mizen Head is a Key Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Mizen Through the Years

Key moments in the evolution of Mizen Tourism Co-operative Society and the Mizen Head Visitor Centre


18 October 1907
Reinforced concrete bridge to connect the island to the mainland commissioned and built by at a cost of £1,272


03 May 1909
An explosive fog signal station was established on Cloghane Island, Mizen Head formally sanctioned along with keepers' dwellings


01 January 1931
The first Radio Beacon on the Irish Coast was installed was installed at Mizen Head, at a cost of £10,017


March 1993
Mizen Head was converted to automatic operation in April 1,  1993. Mizen Tourism Co-operative Society Ltd. leased the path across the Bridge and the Signal Station from the Commissioner of Irish Lights
Mizen Vision! opened in June 1994. 


With the aid of funding from BordFáilte/ERDF (European Rural Development Fund), West Cork LEADER, the National Millennium Fund (Exchequer funding), Cork County Council and a large loan from AIB the facilities and display building at Mizen Head Visitor Centre opened to the public


March 2011
In 2005 engineers declared the existing bridge non-viable. A temporary footway was put in place while a more permanent solution was planned. In October 2009 Mizen Bridge was closed for demolition and reconstruction. 18 months later the current, award-winning bridge was completed


Today, more visitors than ever before flock to Ireland's extreme southwest every year to experience one of the most iconic locations on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Discover more about the history of Mizen, get a sneak peek at the various exhibits on display and browse through the archives on the Mizen Guide website. 

Contact Us

Mizen Head Signal Station
Mizen Tourism Co-operative Society Ltd.
Harbour Road
West Cork
Tel: +353 28 35000 or + 353 28 35115 (Summer Only)

Opening Times

November 1st – March 16th: 11am-4pm (Weekends Only)
March 17th – May 31st: 10.30am – 5pm
June 1st – August 31st: 10am – 6pm
September 1st – October 31st: 10.30 – 5pm

July and August
Daily 10am-6pm
September, October
April, May, June
Daily 10.30am -5pm
November - March
Weekends 11am-4pm

Entry Prices

Adult: €7.50 | Senior/Student: €6
Child under 14: €4.50 | Child under 5: Free

Group & Family Deals
Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children): €25
Groups (10 and over): Adults: €6.50 | Senior/Student: €5 | Child 5-14: €3.50

Other Mizen Sites

Mizen ShopMizen Guide
Mizen Head: Heritage Ireland Premier AttractionMizen Head: West Cork, A Place Apart
Signal Station
Copyright © 2020 Mizen Head Tourism Cooperative  All Rights Reserved
Website Created by
West Cork Websites
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram