We offer bespoke and unique experiences that are unavailable anywhere else in Ireland.
All tour experiences must be pre-booked.
Climb the 115 well-worn steps of the tower and explore thick-walled chambers, meet a life-size hologram figure: St Dubhán, who tells of perishing nights spent with fellow monks in the 5th century warning sailors against dangers with a beacon they kept alight on the headland.
Then another life-size figure appears Strongbow’s son-in-law William Marshal, “the greatest knight that ever lived”, who tells of his empire in the Southeast, as he built this very lighthouse tower in the 13th century, to guide shipping to his port at New Ross. Hear tales of times gone by of life as a lighthouse keeper. And when you reach the tower balcony enjoy the sea breeze on your face as you gaze at the miles of coastline and an awesome 360-degree view stretching across Wexford, Waterford and the Celtic sea.
Then relax by the sea and enjoy some homemade produce at the Café in the visitor centre situated at the former light keepers’ houses with gift shops, art workshops and exhibits.
Loc8 Code: Y5M-77-RK8
Sat Nav Co-Ordinates: N22.214.171.124, W6.93.06.15
Hook Lighthouse is situated at the end of the R734, 50km from Wexford, 29km from Waterford via the Passage East Car Ferry and 38km from New Ross.
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 and visitor centre is opened all year round, with tours, cafe, gift shop and free amenities.
Seasonal Opening Hours and Tour Times
September to June
Daily 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Tours every half hour from 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. .
July & August
Daily 09.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Tours every half hour from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Last tour 6 p.m.
Christmas Closing dates: 21st to 25th inclusive
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.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour to have your booking confirmed.
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