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. 

August 2017

August bank holiday weekend fun at Hook Lighthouse (August 7th)
During the August Bank Holiday weekend 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…
Heritage Week Events 2017 – Saturday 19th to Sunday, 27th August 2017 
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.

Family Fun Sunday (August 20th)

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.
Maria Doyle Kennedy in Concert (August 25th & 26th)

Maria Doyle Kennedy one of Ireland’s most gifted and versatile female artists will host two very special evening concerts at the world’s oldest intact operational lighthouse – Hook Lighthouse on August 25th and 26th.  

Maria Doyle Kennedy has forged a name and held her own in diverse arenas from film and TV to her career as a singer-songwriter. She has spent the best part of 20 years performing live all over the world to audiences ranging from the many thousands who have enjoyed her show at festivals including Glastonbury,
Oxegen, Cambridge Folk Festival to the more intimate theatre concerts. She has hosted sell out shows at Hook Liughthouse in the past and returns later this month to host two more magical perfomances in the 800 year old Lighthouse Tower. A limited number of tickets to this fully seated event are on sale at €30.
Irish Whale and Dolphin Day (August 26th)
On Saturday August 26th 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. 
Pirate Day (August 27th)

And to taking the Summer season to a close for the pesky Pirates on the Peninsula, they will be given free reign of the Lighthouse for just one day. Don't miss the calamity on Sunday, August 27th as the Captain Hook and his cronies host their final Pirate Fling, all of their usual antics and mischief will be par for the course plus they have taken the Lighthouse Manager to ransom and demanded that ‘kids go free on tours all day’ on August 27th. 
September 22nd  2017

Harvest Moon Celebration  - Full Moon – Friday, September 22nd  2017
The tip of the Hook Peninsula is the ideal spot for watching the slideshow of nature in the skies. During sunrise, sunset, moonrises and on starry nights the Hook Peninsula offers incredible vistas. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone for our second annual Harvest Moon Celebration.

From 6pm the Lighthouse Visitor Centre will open especially late, come along and find a spot to 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 & enjoy some chill out music.

For those wishing to climb the tower with a limited number of €10 tickets will be available for the Moonlight visit to the Lighthouse tower, these can be booked in advance by calling 051 397055.

October 2017

Halloween at the Hook 2017  - October 28th, 29th and 30th 

Enjoy evenings of thrilling tours;  Hook Lighthouse is worth visiting at any time, but these special Halloween tours are only for those who like the ghoulish and the terrifying. 
Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of Lighthouse tower for a nighttime view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships, explore the original keepers’ quarters and learn of the true terrifying tales behind the Lighthouse and its grounds including the paranormal experiences of previous guests and staff. Atmospheric lighting, hanging spiders and creepy nooks and crannies along the way create an experience which is not for the feint-hearted.

The faint light thrown periodically by the lighthouse beacon adds to the atmosphere of terror, these tours are suitable for brave adults and braver kids but are not for anyone of a nervous disposition.
Halloween tours at Hook Lighthouse must be booked in advance
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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