Hook Lighthouse

Explore the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. Voted one of Ireland’s favourite attractions, Hook Lighthouse in Wexford is truly one of a kind.

Purpose built 800 years ago by Knight William Marshal, take a step back in time and enjoy a guided tour hearing tales of medieval times and life as a light keeper.

Take in the spectacular view from the balcony with miles of sea rolling out before you. Enjoy the visitor centre with gift shop, exhibits and café. Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week sharing with visitors one of the greatest experiences on Ireland’s Ancient East.

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Plan your Visit

Come and explore the fascinating history of the world’s oldest working lighthouse.

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How to get here

Hook Lighthouse is located at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Ireland.

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Shop & cafe

The Visitor Centre, located in the former keepers houses, includes a first class gift shop and café and bakery.

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Ireland's ancient east

Featuring in many travel itineraries, Hook Lighthouse is one of the landmark sites on Ireland’s Ancient East. Encompassing 17 counties and 5,000 years of history.

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opening times and prices

Buy tickets in advance online. Group rates are available on Guided Tours and Café depending on time of day, week and year, by pre-booking during office hours.

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The Hook Lighthouse Visitor Experience is committed to the ethos of sustainable tourism and we strive to reduce any negative impact on the environment or local culture.

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Live Webcams

Our webcams are looking North towards Loftus Hall, West across Waterford Harbour estuary to Dunmore East and South into Tower Hole.

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Recent Reviews

What Our Guests Had To Say


Certificate of Excellence Based on “1770” reviews

Myself and my wife did the tour of Hook Lighthouse when we were staying in New Ross. We had Claire as our tour guide. Claire was very friendly and welcoming from the start and was very informative about all the history of the lighthouse and answered any questions we had with great detail and patience, thanks Claire.She has a passion for her job.
She made our tour very interesting and enjoyable. I would highly recommend a visit to Hook Lighthouse.

Fab place to visit. Didn’t do the lighthouse tower (young son with us) but went for a walk around had fantastic food which was very well priced. Nice little gift shop not too much on sale which is good. Staff were very friendly and helpfull. Spotless place inside and out. Could have spent alday there. Weather was fab for January too.

A really love way to spend a few hours!! Stunning scenery and the little cafe is wonderful, perfect views while eating really delicious food! Seafood Chowder was the best I’ve ever had!.



Spectacular Sunrise & Sunset Tour and food Experiences

Culture Night-image
22 September

Culture Night

Come and enjoy Culture Night on September 22nd with bespoke performances o...

Mother’s Day at Hook Lighthouse-image
Sunday March 19th

Mother’s Day at Hook Lighthouse

We know how hard all you wonderful mums work day in and day out and to hon...

Easter Sunday & Easter Monday-image
April 9th and 10th

Easter Sunday & Easter Monday

Hook Lighthouse presents family fun games and entertainment this Easter Ba...

Shine A Light Festival-image
Apr 29th May 1st

Shine A Light Festival

Celebrating all things nautical on the grounds of Hook Lighthouse the fest...

Hooked-On-The-Sea Festival-image
June 3rd to June 5th

Hooked-On-The-Sea Festival

The BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, there will be games on the la...

Hook Lighthouse is open late for summer-image
July 1st to September 1st 2022

Hook Lighthouse is open late for summer

Hook Lighthouse will extend its summer opening hours from July 1st to Sund...

Join us to celebrate International Lighthouse Day on Sunday-image
August 20th, 2023

Join us to celebrate International Lighthouse Day on Sunday

Explore the oldest original intact operating lighthouse in the world. Expe...

Irish Whale and Dolphin Day-image
Saturday, August 26th

Irish Whale and Dolphin Day

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will host an information day at the Ligh...

Feile Samhain Family Weekend 29th to 30th October-image
October 29th and October 30th.

Feile Samhain Family Weekend 29th to 30th October

Feile Samhain is approaching. Come and join us for Pumpkin painting with R...

Spooky Tours October 29th and 30th-image
October Sun 29th and Mon 30th.

Spooky Tours October 29th and 30th

The Lighthouse has once again been open to the horrors of Halloween.  Tour...

Winter At Hook-image

Winter At Hook

Winter at Hook is always spectacular, amazing sunsets, crisp clear days wh...

Whale Watching Season-image

Whale Watching Season

During Winter in particular between November and February, the waters arou...

Daisy Day-image
December 26th

Daisy Day

A day of fun with a free ‘Daisy Hunt’ and games from 2 pm to 4 pm. Local h...

New Year Sunrise Breakfast-image
January 1, 2024

New Year Sunrise Breakfast

Enjoy the first Sunrise of the year from the tip of the Hook Peninsula wit...

New Year’s Day Arrow Ceremony-image
January 1, 2024

New Year’s Day Arrow Ceremony

A centuries-old tradition will take place on New Year’s Day at the 800-yea...