THE OLDEST OPERATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE IN THE WORLD
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.