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. 

June

  • Hooked On The Sea Festival – June Bank Holiday in association with Hook Peninsula Tourism - June 1st to 3rd 2019
    The BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, there will be games on the lawns and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon.
  • Fish and Chip Supper Evening Sunday, June 2, 7.30pm €35
    An exclusive Guided Tour and Fish and chip supper including drinks reception in Watchtower and Wine or Craft Beer during Dinner
  • Solstice Weekend Saturday 22nd June 7.30pm €35
    An exclusive Guided Tour and Fish and chip supper including drinks reception in Watchtower and Wine or Craft Beer during Dinner

Hook Lighthouse is open late for summer - July 1st to September 1st 2019

Lighthouse will extend its summer opening hours from July 1st to Sunday, September 1st 2019.

The lighthouse Visitor Centre and Cafe will open until 7 pm and will offer additional tours.

Guided Tours will run every half hour from 10am with the last tour of the day on offer at 7 pm.

August

  • August Bank Holiday Fun - August 3rd & 4th 2019
    During the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon…
  • World Lighthouse Day Celebration - August 10th 2019 – 7.30pm
    Explore the oldest original operating lighthouse in the world as you take a Fish and Chip supper Tour Experience and enjoy one of the greatest journeys through the maritime gateway of Irelands Ancient East. Following your private tour experience, you will be treated to a traditional Fish and Chip Supper.  Take a seat in the Lighthouse Keepers conservatory and enjoy the magnificent views of the rolling seas as you will be served a wonderful traditional seaside supper of locally caught seasonal fish in a beer batter with a glass of local craft beer. Advance booking essential, tickets €35. Includes Drinks reception in Watchtower, and Wine or Beer during Dinner
  • Hook Lighthouse will be unveiling a brand new ECO Education Station on August 10th with Senator Grace O’Sullivan. - Heritage Week at Hook Lighthouse - August 17th to 25th
    A variety of events will take place as part of the many happenings at Hook Lighthouse for National Heritage Week. Free guided tours will be on offer each morning from 9.30am to 10.30am – pre-booking is essential at www.hookheritage.ie
  • Sunset Tour and Food Experience - August 17th
    Saturday, August 17th enjoy a Sunset Tour and Food Experience, enjoy the Sunset on the Balcony of the Tower, a tour of the oldest operational Lighthouse in the World and a buffet of local produce Canapes and delicious Cocktails as the Perseid meteor shower takes over the night skies.
  • Family Fun Sunday - August 18th 
    Fun is to the fore… the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns, entertainment and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon. 
  • Irish Whale and Dolphin Day - Saturday, August 24th
    The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will host an information day at the Lighthouse, the group will tell visitors how best to spot the Whales which are frequently seen off the Peninsula, along with details on Dolphins, Porpoises, Seals and other sealife.

September

  • Family Fun Sunday - September 1st
    And to take the Summer season to a close is a Family Fun Sunday at Hook Lighthouse. Some of those pesky Pirates will be back to take hold of the Lighthouse. Don’t miss the calamity on Sunday, September 1st as Captain Hook and his cronies host their final Pirate Fling, all of their usual antics and mischief will be par for the course.
  • Harvest Moon Celebration - Saturday, September 14th
    Hook Lighthouse is set to host its fourth annual Harvest Moon celebration. 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 during the Harvest Moon Fish and Chip Supper at 7.30 pm. After a Welcome Drink in the Watchroom, Explore the oldest original operating lighthouse in the world as you take a Fish and Chip supper Tour Experience. Following your private tour experience take a seat in the Lighthouse Keepers conservatory and enjoy the magnificent views of the rolling seas as you will be served a wonderful traditional seaside supper of locally caught seasonal fish in a beer batter with served with wine or craft beer. Tickets are €35
  • National Culture Night - Friday, September 20th
    Hook Lighthouse celebrates its ancient maritime heritage and culture and will throw the doors open for free on National Culture Night. Come and enjoy a free guided tour experience Free Guided Tours will run at 5.30, 6pm, 6.30 and 7pm, pre-book on www.hookheritage.ie to avoid disappointment.

Café and Visitor Centre will be open to 7pm

October

  • Feile Samhain - October 26thto 28th & 31st
    Discover the history and mystery of Samhain from October 26th to October 28th & 31st 2019. At 2 pm and at 3pm daily, a free Féile Samhain ritual will be showcased at Hook where age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by ‘Druids’  in the graveyard of one thousand ships, along with children’s entertainment with Captain Hook and Pirate Pat
  • Samhain Art with the resident artist at Hook Lighthouse, Rose, will also be on offer
  • The Lighthouse café will serve traditional fare and special Samhain platters.
  • Spooky Tours - October 26th to 28th
    Special ghastly lantern-lead Halloween tours only for those who like the ghoulish and ‘sphooky’ will be on offer at 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, and 7pm. Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of Lighthouse amid 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. NOT for the faint-hearted. Pre-book  tickets: €10 per person.

Winter At Hook

Winter at Hook is always spectacular, amazing sunsets, crisp clear days where the views stretch along the Coast and Stormy days where you can watch the rolling Seas from the Comfort of the Conservatory.

Whale Watching Season
During Winter in particular between November and February, 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.
December

Hook Lighthouse is closed from 5 pm December 22nd and re-opens on December 26th (St. Stephen’s Day at 11 am).

Daisy Day - December 26th
A day of fun with a free ‘Daisy Hunt’ and games. Local history records show the old new year custom of ‘penny for a daisy’ was carried out by children and large numbers of children collected the first flower and received pennies for them. Come and find a Daisy at Hook Lighthouse and enjoy a chocolate coin reward this St. Stephen’s Day.

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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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