The oldest original operating lighthouse in the world

Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Hook Lighthouse is situated in the South West corner of County Wexford bordering County Waterford. It has marked the entrance to Waterford Harbour at the mouth of the three sisters river system for over 800 years. The Visitor centre at Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of this wonderful Medieval lighthouse tower, built by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke.

Known as the Greatest Knight and the most famous Knight of his time, Marshal built the tower as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, to protect and develop the important shipping trade in the 13th Century.

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 then visit the watchtower where lighthouse keepers kept watch up to 1996 when Hook lighthouse became automatic.

Hook Lighthouse offer bespoke Sunrise & Sunset Tour Experiences; watch the colourful skies as you enjoy local foods and drinks from the region. Pre-booking is essential.

The Visitor Centre, located in the former keepers houses, includes a first class gift shop and café and bakery, where friendly staff are happy to help with any tourist information you require. Here, you can 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!

  • 800 years of lighthouse keeping
  • The oldest operational intact lighthouse in the world
  • Built by William Marshal, Lord of Leinster and known as ‘The Greatest Knight’
  • The phrase ‘by hook or by crook’ is said to have originated here
  • Relax by the Celtic Sea

Open Daily Year Round

September to June, Daily 09:30-17:00h
Tours every half hour from 10:00-17:00h

July & August, Daily 09:30-18:00h
Tours every half hour from 10:00-18:00h

Christmas Closing dates: 21st to 25th inclusive
Open 26th Dec. at 11:00h and all through the rest of the holiday period

Last admission: 30 min. before closing time

Approx. visit duration: Allow 45 min. for the tour.
To fully enjoy the site allow up to 2 hrs.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour to have your booking confirmed.

Upcoming Events

Bespoke and private tours are also on offer and don’t miss out on the regularly announced Sunset and Sunrise Tour Experiences. Hook Lighthouse also has an artist in residence, Rose Finn who offers children and adults art workshops year round. For all the details see the website.


Admission Rates Apply

Adult: €12.00
Concession: €10.00
Child under 5 years: Free
Child All children must be accompanied by an adult(age 5-17): €6.00
Assisted Visitor(for 2 tickets with carer’s card): €10.00

Family(1 adult + 1 child): €16.00
Family(1 adult + 2 child): €20.00
Family(2 adult + 1 child): €26.00
Family(2 adult + 2 child): €30.00
Family(2 adult + 3 child): €34.00
Sunrise & Sunset Tour Experiences: €60.00
Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Leaflets in Irish, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café and Bakery, seats 50 indoors, with full menu including seafood chowder, soups, sandwiches, paninis, and snacks. Fish n chips, mussels, seafood specials, vegetarian specials and desserts. Daily specials. Speciality coffees, teas and hot chocolate. BBQs during summer on weekends.

SUNRISE & SUNSET TOUR EXPERIENCE: Enjoy local food and drinks while watching the colourful skies. Pre-booking is essential

PICNICS: Picnic tables are provided and picnics are welcome on the grounds, however BBQs are not permitted.

SHOPPING: Gift Shop with nautical gifts, local goods and local interest books

PARKING: Free car and coach parking

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Visitor Centre, café and gift shop are accessible. The lighthouse, by its nature, is not accessible for mobility impaired. Wheelchair accessible toilet.

GROUPS: Groups welcome. Pre-booking required for groups of 15 or over.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available in visitor centre.

Getting There

Hook Lighthouse is a two and a half hour drive from Dublin using the M9 motorway to Waterford or the Coastal route using the N11 to Wexford. This part of Ireland is best explored by car with lots of villages, attractions and scenic opportunities within short distances.

  • 50 km from Wexford via Wellington Bridge and Fethard-on-Sea
  • 29 km from Waterford via the Passage East Car Ferry and Ramsgrange
  • 38km from New Ross via Campile or Fethard-on-Sea
Map Location: 52.123745, -6.929368
Contact Hook Lighthouse

Fethard-on-Dea, Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Eircode: Y34 YC60
T: +353 (0)51 397 055
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