Today you can be guided up the 115 well-worn spiral steps of the tower and explore the thick walled chamber, with each ascending step trail the daily and nightly ritual of every light keeper who served at Hook Lighthouse.
Journey through the ages of the world’s oldest working lighthouse and learn the tales and fascinating stories of those who spent their lives watching over the safety of those at sea from your first meeting with the life-sized hologram figure of St. Dubhan, who tells of perishing nights spent with his fellow monks in the 5th century warning sailors against the dangers with a beacon they kept alight on the headlandLearn More
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How To Get Here
Sat Nav. Co-ordinates N220.127.116.11, W6.93.06.15
Loc8 Code: Y5M-77-RK8
Eir Code: Y34 KD93
Loc8 Code: Y5M-77-RK8
Eir Code: Y34 KD93
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Hook Lighthouse is located at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Ireland. The lighthouse on the R734.
– 40 minutes from New Ross town
– 50 minutes drive from Wexford town
– 1 hour from Waterford City
– 1 hour from Rosslare Port
– 1 hour and fifteen minutes from Kilkenny Castle
For your comfort please wear suitable clothing a footwear when visiting Hook lighthouse.
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We’ve put together some exploration routes for you to try from Hook Lighthouse, check out our ‘Thrilling Ireland’s Ancient East Trip‘, our ‘Family Fun itinerary’ or our ‘Couples Escape’ itinerary along Ireland’s Ancient East.
Plan Your Visit
Group bookings by prior arrangement. Access to Lighthouse by guided tour only.
Group rates are available on Guided Tours and Café depending on time of day, week and year, by pre-booking during office hours.
Buy in advance online.
Open All Year Round!
Frequently Asked Questions
Hook Lighthouse is closed for Christmas from Tuesday 20th December evening at 5.00pm and reopening to the public on St Stephens Day at 11.00am. Please be aware that during this holiday closure period there is no access to the grounds at Hook Lighthouse
The lighthouse and visitor centre is open year round
Opening Hours and Tour Times
Open Year Round
Daily 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Tours every half hour from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. and later during peak season.
July & August
Daily 09.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Tours every half hour from 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Last tour 6 p.m.
Closed: Dec. 20th – Dec.25th.
Open 26th Dec. at 11am and all through the rest of the holiday period.
Last admission: 30 min. before closing time
Approx. visit duration: Allow 45 min. for the tour.
To fully enjoy the site allow up to 2 hrs.
Are Dogs welcome?
Dogs are allowed on the grounds they must have a leash at all times.
Service animals only are allowed in the cafe and the lighthouse
How long does the tour take and what does it involve?
The tour allows approximately 45 mins it takes you through the watchtower and the lighthouse where our trained guides give you a history of the 800 year old lighthouse and tales of monks lighting fires on the headlands prior to the tower being built. You finish your tour on the black railed viewing balcony.
Is it suitable for everyone?
There is a level of fitness required to climb the 115 steps of the lighthouse. And while young children are welcome it is a historical tour and all visitors are required to be mindful of each other.
Is there wifi?
Yes there is free wifi we are connected to the BCP free broadband.
Do I need to pre-book?
We always recommend pre-booking as this ensures your place on tour, we have capacity for 30 visitors per tour. All children also need to be booked in this can be down by using the U5 slot and there is no charge for U5’s. Bookings can be made on www.hookheritage.ie
Are the grounds open after hours to the public?
No, once we close for the day there is strictly no admittance to the grounds.
Is it still a working Lighthouse?
Yes, Hook Lighthouse is still a working Lighthouse.
Who operates the Lighthouse?
Irish Lights operate the working Lighthouse. Visit www.irishlights.ie for information