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. 

November 2017

Whale Watching Season begins at Hook Lighthouse

November sees the beginning of Whale 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 rine 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 2017

An age-old tradition is revived on New Years Day at Hook Lighthouse. The Dunbrody Archers will assist the Mayor of New Ross in an ‘arrow ceremony’. They will cast an arrow into the sea symbolizing the Ports authority over the estuary.

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.

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 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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