Hook Lighthouse

The oldest operational lighthouse in the world. It has marked the entrance to Waterford Harbour for over 800 years. Enjoy a guided tour and spectacular views from the balcony!

Open Year Round.

No Booking or Payment Card Fees. Tickets Valid for 365 days - use at leisure.

New Ross, Co. Wexford (See Map Below)


Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world and has marked the entrance to Waterford Harbour for over 800 years. The lighthouse is unique as it is considered to be the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. Constructed of local limestone, the tower stands four storeys high with walls up to four metres thick and consists of two tiers linked by a mural staircase. 

Walk in the Footsteps of the Keepers

Take a guided tour of the medieval lighthouse tower, built by William Marshal 'the Greatest Knight' and the Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster. Local tour guides will fascinate visitors with history, insight and stories as they pass through the lighthouse chambers - walking in the footsteps of lighthouse keepers through the ages. The tour culminates with the spectacular view from the balcony - on a clear day you can see for miles, and in stormy weather the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!

The visitor centre, located in the former keeper's house, has a first class gift shop, café and bakery and the friendly staff are happy to help with any tourist information you require. Many festivals and events take place at Hook Lighthouse throughout the year, including the Maritime Matters Festival in May, a Pirate Festival in July and spooky guided tours of the Lighthouse at Halloween.


From New Ross take the R734 for approx. 37km (23 miles). From Wexford Town take the R736 (off the N25) to Wellington Bridge (R733), then take the R734, following signs for Fethard-on-Sea. From Waterford, take the N25 to New Ross and follow the R734.

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The Oldest Lighthouse in the World - and The Flashiest Too!

The Hook Head Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the world (over 800 years old). The Lonely Planet Travel Guides proclaim it to be ‘the great granddaddy of all lighthouses’ and the  number one ‘flashiest’ lighthouse in the world.

It is also one of the most fascinating examples of medieval architecture in Ireland. It is four storeys high with walls up to 4 metres thick.

The first custodians of ‘the light’ were monks whose monastery was situated on the peninsula. They would light fires to warn sailors of the dangerous rocks on the peninsula. They were the first 'light-keepers' and the Hook Lighthouse continues their tradition.

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Visitor Information

Hook Lighthouse
Fethard-on-Sea, Hook Peninsula, New Ross, Co. Wexford
T. +353 (0)51 397 054
E: info@HookHeritage.ie www.HookHeritage.ie

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Open Year Round

January to April & October to December
Daily 09:30 - 17:00
Tours every hour, on the hour, from 10:00 - 17:00

May & September
Daily 09:30 - 17:30
Tours every hour, on the hour, from 10:00 - 17:00

June, July and August
Daily 09:30am to 18:00
Guided tours every half hour 

Closed: December 19 to 25

Approx Visit Duration: 60 minutes tour plua extra time for exploring


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Free leaflets available in French, German, Italian and Spanish.


Café serving tea, coffee, homemade baked goods, sandwiches, and a variety of main meals including seafood specials. 


Gift Shop selling souvenirs, books, and local art and crafts.


Free car and coach parking on-site.


Partially wheelchair accessible (visitor centre is accessible, the Lighthouse Tower is not). Accessible toilet.  

Note: Opening times may be subject to change and attraction website and contact details will be on your ticket for any updates.

Partially indoor Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Wheelchair access (partial) Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Baby Changing Car Parking at Attraction Coach Parking at Attraction Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop Free WIFI
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