Hook Lighthouse grounds will re-open the May Bank Holiday Weekend 2021
The 800-year-old Lighthouse will re-open to the public on Saturday, May 1st 2021 following its closure due to COVID19.
The iconic Hook Lighthouse is the most popular tourist attraction in Wexford and the team at the lighthouse have taken carefully measured steps to re-open in a safe manner.
The Wexford attraction will open for weekends only (including bank holidays) from 10 am until 5 pm until the current Covid restrictions allow for guided tours of the medieval lighthouse tower and the Hook Lighthouse gift shop to re-open.
For now, due to current restriction levels, visitors will be able to access the grounds of the beautiful lighthouse, however, tours are unavailable at present. The facilities at the lighthouse will be open, such as parking and bathroom facilities. The Hook Lighthouse Café and ‘The Seahorse’ will be serving a takeaway menu of hot drinks, sandwiches, soups, chowder and snacks and in addition the outdoor dining options ‘The Seahorse’ and Hook BBQ Station will be open once the weather permits.
Manager at the Lighthouse Lorraine Waters says, “We are overjoyed to be able to get back to doing what we do best and we are very much looking forward to welcoming back visitors to the beautiful Hook Lighthouse from May 1st.
We are asking all of our visitors to help us to help them and to keep in mind all social distance guidelines while on-site. We want to assure all of our visitors that we have taken every step possible to ensure a safe environment for everyone and we look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to the site of the oldest original operating lighthouse in the world.”
For further details on Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, Ireland see, www.hookheritage.ie
Hook Lighthouse re-opens on December 12th 2020 for outdoor visits only
The world-famous Hook Lighthouse will reopen to visitors on Saturday, December 12th with access being made available to the outdoor facilities only.
Manager Lorraine Waters says, “We are delighted to be able to re-open again. It has been such a challenging year for everyone and we know that Hook is a place of joy and refuge for many so we are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back to our grounds.
Unfortunately, under current restrictions, we can't offer tours or indoor shopping and dining facilities however we will have our outdoor exhibitions open, our playground and our Seahorse Snack bar will be serving hot drinks and snack from 10 am to 4 pm on our opening days.”
The grounds at the 800-year old-lighthouse will open on weekends from December 12th until December 29th and will also open on the additional dates of January 1st, 2nd and 3rd 3021.
There will be additional outdoor seating on the lawns all socially distanced and the bathroom facilities will be open. The Hook Lighthouse team are asking all visitors to adhere to public health guidelines.
Hook Lighthouse will be open from 10am to 4pm on:
Dec 12th & 13th
Dec 19th & 20th
Dec 26th & 27th
Dec 28th & 29th
Jan 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
World’s Oldest Lighthouse gets Tech Savvy with new Online Tour Booking
The oldest operational lighthouse in the world ‘Hook Lighthouse’ launches online ticketing for the first time from today (June 19).
Following the busiest year to date, the team at the lighthouse on the tip of the Hook Peninsula in county Wexford aim to alleviate queues for visitors by making advance booking of guided tours for Hook Lighthouse available online.
Commenting on the launch of the new Hook Lighthouse website (www.hookheritage.ie) and online booking system, Manager of Hook Lighthouse Ann Waters said, “In 2016 we saw year on year growth of 10% with visitor numbers of 250,000 and in the month of August alone we welcomed 38,617 visitors. Some of those who visited particularly during the peak summer period waited for over two hours to avail of a tour of the 800 year old lighthouse, so we very much wanted to alleviate that inconvenience for our visitors and allow them to book a specific tour date and time online in advance of their arrival.”
Earlier this month Failte Ireland published the annual list of Ireland’s top tourist sights, with most attractions registering strong growth in the last year and Hook Lighthouse is also seeing year on year double digit growth on par with Ireland’s top attractions. “We are delighted to have enjoyed double digit growth at the lighthouse for the last couple of years. We work very hard every day to ensure our visitors enjoy a great experience and this helps us to reap rewards with top Tripadvisor scores and online reviews. However, as an 800 year old protected medieval structure of limited size; the maximum capacity for each tour is 30 persons, therefore the ability for visitors to book online in advance of arriving at the lighthouse will provide huge benefits not only to our visitors but also for our team.” Ann said
Hook Lighthouse is presently the most popular tourism attraction in Wexford and the third most popular in the South East region, coming in third after the Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle respectively.
In 2016 Hook Lighthouse launched an all new Ireland's Ancient East tour during which visitors can climb the 115 well worn steps of the medieval tower while they step back in time and meet life-size figure of St Dubhan, telling the tale of monks who kept a beacon alight in the fifth century; William Marshal - the first Earl of Pembroke, who built the tower and married the daughter of Strongbow appears next, followed by stories of lighthouse life before automation. Visitors can also enjoy the vistas of the South East coast from the tower balcony and explore the previously private Lightkeeper’s Watchroom.
Tours of the ancient lighthouse are available from 9.30am daily all year round and tour tickets are sold for fifty-minute tours of the lighthouse tower. Tickets can now be booked online in advance or purchased at the Lighthouse reception desk and advance group bookings are also organised. See www.hookheritage.ie