Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre Hook Head, Churchtown, Fethard-On-Sea, Co Wexford Wexford Heritage/Visitor Centre

Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre

Visit the oldest intact working lighthouse in the world… Hook Lighthouse. Named the flashiest lighthouse in the world by lonely planet and voted in the top 10 attractions in the Irish Travel Awards, it’s an experience not to be missed!

New Sunset Tour Experience 

The world’s oldest intact working lighthouse now offer sunset tours.

The brand new Sunset Tour experience offers visitors the opportunity to take a guided tour up the 115 well-worn steps of the medieval tower and see it’s heritage come to life as they meet life sized figures of the Monk who first established the beacon at the site in the 5th century followed by the Knight who built the tower; William Marshal some 800 years ago and hear of life as a light-keeper before stepping on to the top floor outdoor balcony to take in the 360degree sweeping views of the Southeast of Ireland. 

May 2018

 

May 5th to 7th 2018
Shine A Light Festival – May Bank Holiday
The Hook Lighthouse Shine a Light Festival celebrates all things nautical.
On the grounds of Hook Lighthouse the festival showcases the work of the rescue services, with fun family activities, local crafts, live music, children’s workshops and great food.
An action packed day of festivities will get underway on Saturday April 29th from 11am join in the fun and games for all the family with Captain Hook.
Over the weekend learn about safety at sea from members of the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI.
Explore the craft market onsite or join in lawn games and fun adventures with Pirate Pat and Captain Hook or for the ‘bigger adventurous kids’ can try out the Bungee Trampoline.
The festival takes place in conjunction with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, ‘Shine a Light’ events.’ At the Shine A Light events 12 lighthouses including Hook Lighthouse will shine a light and celebrate and share the rich tradition and work that they of carry out across Ireland over the May bank holiday weekend.
Further details on Maritime Matters will be announced on our FACEBOOK page

 

June 2018
June 2nd to 4th 2018
Hooked On The Sea Festival – June Bank Holiday
During the June Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday June 3rd to Monday, June 5th the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon…. Special events at Hook Lighthouse are planned for the ‘Hooked on the Sea Festival 2017’.
Hooked on the Sea 2017 will be running across the Peninsula, a host of marine themed events for all ages across the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Activities on and off the water; paddle boarding, boat trips on the estuary, local produce picnic in Colclough Walled Gardens, pirates galley in Kilmokea Gardens, beach foraging, sea themed children’s workshops and outdoor market.
 
July 2018

July 1st 2018
Pirate Day at Hook Lighthouse
 
Them scurvy ridden pirates are have set sail for Hook Lighthouse and have vowed to reach us and take any roamers captive by Hook or by Crook this July.
Captain Hook says they be sayin' it be best if you ‘save yourself’ and dress like a pirate for the day in order to avoid capture and maybe win a prize in a Fancy Dress Competition.
The pesky Pirates will be given free reign of the Lighthouse for just one day and are planning nautical games on the lawn for their ship mates… do you dare walk the plank…
July 7th 2018
Concert with Kieran Goss & Annie Kinsella at Hook Lighthouse
On Saturday evening July 7th internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Kieran Goss who will also be joined by special guest Annie Kinsella will host an evening concert in the Lighthouse Tower. This special event is expected to see out in record time so be sure to book your tickets in advance with Hook Lighthouse.
Tickets: +353 51 397 055, €30 in advance

August 2018
August 4th to 6th 2018
August Bank Holiday Fun
During the August Bank Holiday weekend the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse,
games will be on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon…
August 18th to 26th 2018
Heritage Week at Hook Lighthouse
A variety of events will take place as part of the many happenings at Hook Lighthouse for National Heritage Week, which takes place from August 19th to 27th 2017.
August 19th 2018
Family Fun Sunday
Fun is to the fore… the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon.
Saturday, August 25th 2018
Irish Whale and Dolphin Day
On Saturday August 25th the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will host an information day at the Lighthouse, the group will tell visitors how best to spot the Minke and Humpback Whales which are frequently seen off the Peninsula, along with details on Dolphins,Porpoises, Seals and other sealife.
Sunday, August 26th 2018
Family Fun Sunday
Fun is to the fore… the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon.

Friday, September 21st 2018
Harvest Moon Celebrations – Culture Night
 
Hook Lighthouse is set to host its third annual Harvest Moon celebration this Culture Night, September 21st 2018. Visitors can enjoy watching the sunset and the harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula beneath the protective beam of the world’s oldest intact operational lighthouse.
From  5.30pm the Lighthouse Visitor Centre will open especially late, and invites visitors to come along and find a spot on the straw bales around the fire-pits on the lighthouse lawns and watch nature at its best during the autumn equinox, enjoy some treats from the Hook Lighthouse Barbeque and some Hook Pilsner and sample the brand new Hook beers and a harvest brew from Arthurstown Brewing Company which have all been brewed from the harvesting of locally grown malted barley.
Musicians will be playing on the lawns and the Hooks and Crookes sea shanty singers will also be on hand to perform some favourite sea faring songs.
For those wishing to climb the tower the doors will be open for free on this once a year occasion.
 
A photography competition also forms part of the celebration event, anyone who wishes to have their image considered for the competition can email their image with their details to info@hookheritage.ie by 5pm on September 25th
 
 
October 2018

October 27th to October 29th & 31st 2018
Feile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse
 
Discover the history and mystery of the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse and celebrate a traditional Samhain Festival from October 27th to October 29th & 31st 2018.
Féile Samhain at Hook will open from 4pm to 8pm each evening (Oct 27t to 29th & 31st inlcusive). an ‘Evening of Fire' based on the ancient tradition of Samhain of extinguishing old and lighting anew will take place. Age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by ‘Druids'  around the circles of fire at Hook Lighthouse; families are invited to gather around the blazing fire baskets beneath the ever-present beam of the 800-year-old lighthouse to hear stories of druids and sncient Irish Samhain customs and heritage in the graveyard of one thousand ships. A family BBQ evening, children's entertainment, Halloween stories. These events are on offer free of charge and no pre-booking is required. Pumpkin carving with the resident artist at Hook Lighthouse, Rose, will also be on offer at €5.
 
Spooky Tours:

During the evenings (Saturday, Sunday & Monday & Wednesday Oct 31st) special ghastly lantern-lead Halloween tours only for those who like the ghoulish and ‘sphooky’ will be on offer at 5pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm. Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of Lighthouse tower for a night-time view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships, explore the original keepers' quarters and learn about the Ghostly tales behind the Lighthouse and its grounds including the paranormal experiences of previous guests and staff. Atmospheric lighting and creepy nooks and crannies along the way create an experience which is not for the faint-hearted. These tours are suitable for brave adults and braver kids but are not for anyone of a nervous disposition.
Pre booking is advised; tickets to these ghostly Halloween evening tours at Hook Lighthouse are available online at www.hookheritage.ie at €9.00 per adult. During mid-term Halloween themed art workshops will also be on offer for kids and wimps.
 
The Lighthouse café will serve traditional fare of Colcannon, Irish stew, ribs, Barm Brack, Apple crumble and a bbq will serve Ribs, Baked potatoes along with the usual hotdogs, burgers and chicken skewers.
November 2018

Whale Watching Season Begins at Hook Lighthouse
November marks the beginning of Whsle Watching Season off the Hook Peninsula. The waters around Hook Peninsula are frequently visited by majestic whales, such as Humpback, Fin and Minke, along with Harbour Porpoise, Common Dolphins and Seals. The Humpback has become particularly associated with the Hook Peninsula.
This is one of the largest animals on the planet and is best seen during the winter months when they visit our warm waters to feed. They don’t have true teeth but large filter type ribbons (Baleen plates) lining their huge jaws. When feeding, they open their jaws wide while swimming through shoals of small fish and plankton (tiny marine animals). The jaws then close again, while the tongue which is the size of a car, pushes the water out, trapping the food against the filter plates.
The red balcony at the top of Hook Lighthouse is an ideal viewing point for whale, seal and dolphin watching, while there are also chartered whale and dolphin watching boat trips.
 
December 2018
 
Hook Lighthouse is closed from December 22nd and re-openes on December 26th (St. Stephen’s Day at 11am).
 
January 2019
 
3pm on January 1, 2019
New Year’s Day Arrow Ceremony
 
A centuries-old tradition will take place on New Year’s Day at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse as the Dunbrody archers, will take part in a traditional “arrow ceremony”.
 
The Dunbrody Archers and the Chairman of New Ross Council will participate in the  ceremony. The age-old tradition dates back to 1687, when the Mayor and the corporation of New Ross Town Council claimed their authority over the Tower and waters by travelling to the point of the Hook and shooting an arrow into the sea from Hook Head Lighthouse. On New Year’s Day 2018 The Dunbrody Archers will assist the Mayor of New Ross in an ‘arrow ceremony’. The Mayor will cast an arrow into the sea symbolising the Ports authority over the estuary.
 
Members of the public are invited to come and watch the free historical event on New Year’s Day.
 
Hook is renowned as the oldest intact working lighthouse in the world and was first used by monks who lit fires to keep ships safe over 900 years ago. The Hook Lighthouse tour incorporates 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower featuring holograms illustrating the ancient history of the tower and the Hook area and spectacular views of the southern coast.
 
Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Café closes on December 16th and re- re-opens on St Stephen’s Day at 11am and will remain open throughout the holiday season. The visitor centre opened in its initial form 16 years ago and, since then, hundreds of thousands of people have passed through its doors and climbed its many steps. For further details see www.hookheritage.ie

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

Marking the Entrance to Waterford Harbour at themouth of the three sisters river system for over 800 years

The Visitor centre at Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the Medieval lighthouse tower, built by the Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster,

Purpose built as a lighthouse 800 years ago, and still fully operational today, Hook Lighthouse truly is one of a kind!

Guided tours take you through the lighthouse with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique building.

Enjoy the spectacular view from the balcony.

Visitor Centre located in the former keepers houses where there is a first class gift shop and café and bakery, our friendly staff are happy to help with any tourist information you require.

Relax by the Sea with a coffee and homemade scone and keep an eye out for seals dolphins and even whales! In clear weather you can see for miles and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!

Free facilities, parking, toilets, garden picnic areas, Wifi access

Visitor centre open year round

Comprising Guided Tours of Lighthouse Tower, Gift Shop, Café and bakery, Art exhibits, Artists workshop and Art classes, and maritime displays

Café and bakery

Our menu offers our famous Seafood Chowder, lobster, crab and various seafood options along with lighter bites, Home baking from our on site bakery. Relax in our conservatory watching the waves crashing on the rocks just outside the window, or avail of our WiFi service in the café area.

Art

Art classes for adults and kids are held at the lighthouse all year round, with Artist Rose Finn.

Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre Opening Times


Visitor centre open year round but closed for one week upto and including 25 December.

  • June/July/August 09.30 to 18.00
  • May/September 09.30 to 17.30
  • Rest of year 09.30 to 17.00


Comprising Gift Shop, Cafe, Art exhibits and maritime displays.

Guided Tour Admission prices

•    Adult €9
•    Senior / Student €7
•    Child under 5 yrs free (with accompanying adult / family)
•    Family (1+1) €12
•    Family (1+2) €15
•    Family (2+1) €20
•    Family (2+2) €22
•    Family (2+3) €24

 

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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