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Hook Lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse

Churchtown, Hook Head, Co. Wexford, South East Ireland

The Basics

Made with local limestone, Hook Lighthouse is four stories high. Join one of the tours that begin every half hour, and climb the 115 steps to the balcony to savor the 360-degree view. Learn from your guide about the history of light-keeping at Hook Lighthouse, and gain insight into how its keepers lived throughout the centuries. You’ll also get to meet St. Dubhan and William Marshal (“the greatest knight)” in life-size hologram form.

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Recent reviews from experiences in South East Ireland

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Hook head
mae_t, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: Hook Lighthouse Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour
We had a brilliant tour guide Noel, He made it all so interesting and so gave us so much information we really enjoyed it also so good to keep the younger children in the group interested
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Amazing piece of 11th Century history
Laree_W, Aug 2019
Skip the Line: Hook Lighthouse Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour
Everyone should go see the oldest working lighthouse in the world. Original interior building still intact. Go see it worth every cent
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Must see visitor attraction
Moira_H, Aug 2019
Skip the Line: Hook Lighthouse Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour
Delighted to finally visit Hook Lighthouse with my two young boys. We had an excellent tour guide in Jon, who gave us the history of the lighthouse, in both a factual and humourous way. The tour lasted 45 minutes and we were delighted that after climbing 115 steps we got to step outside and view the stunning countryside. Visited on World Lighthouse Day which also saw the Official Opening of the Save Our Seas Eco Educational Centre.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hook Lighthouse is a must-do for pharologists and those interested in Irish maritime history.

  • The tower isn’t wheelchair-accessible.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the café.

  • Wear closed shoes and warm clothing.

  • The lighthouse hosts special events such as cookery demonstrations, historical re-enactments, and themed art workshops—check the lighthouse website for details.

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How to Get There

At the tip of County Wexford’s Hook Peninsula, the lighthouse is on the R734 road. It’s a 40-minute drive from New Ross, 50 minutes from Wexford, and an hour from Waterford. Free parking is available.

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When to Get There

Open at 9:30am every day, the lighthouse closes at 5:30pm, 6pm, or 7pm, depending on the season. Tours usually depart every half hour. Consider timing your visit with one of the annual festivals or family events that take place at the lighthouse, such as the Maritime Matters Festival in May or the Pirate Festival in July. The lighthouse is closed December 18–25.

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Visitor Center

After you’ve finished touring the lighthouse, head over to the visitor center to enjoy a homemade snack in the café. Located in the houses of the former lightkeepers, the center also contains a gift shop, where you can browse an extensive collection of local history books and maritime-themed souvenirs for sale.

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