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!
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.
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.
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.