Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre

Hook Head, Churchtown, Fethard on sea, Wexford


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Hook Lighthouse, the oldest intact operational Lighthouse in the world. Lighthouses have a magic and mysticism of their own, none more so than the 13th Century Hook

Centuries-old tradition re-enacted at Hook Lighthouse on New Year’s Day 2018

A centuries-old tradition will take place on New Year’s Day at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse as the archers, both expert and amateur, will take part in a traditional “arrow ceremony”.

The Dunbrody Archers and the Chairman of New Ross Council will participate in the ceremony. The age-old tradition dates back to 1687, when the Mayor and the corporation of New Ross Town Council claimed their authority over the Tower and waters by travelling to the point of the Hook and shooting an arrow into the sea from Hook Head Lighthouse. On New Year’s Day 2018 The Dunbrody Archers will assist the Mayor of New Ross in an ‘arrow ceremony’. The Mayor will cast an arrow into the sea symbolising the Ports authority over the estuary. Members of the public are invited to come and watch the free historical event at 3pm on New Year’s Day.
Commenting on the up coming event, Ann Waters Manager at Hook Lighthouse said, “We are delighted to host the ‘Taking of the Waters’ ceremony here at Hook Lighthouse, it’s an age old tradition and a wonderful opportunity for an ancient element of history to continue to be relived here annually in Ireland’s Ancient East.”

Hook is renowned as the oldest intact working lighthouse in the world and was first used by monks who lit fires to keep ships safe over 900 years ago. The Hook Lighthouse tour incorporates 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower featuring holograms illustrating the ancient history of the tower and the Hook area and spectacular views of the southern coast.

Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Café closes on December 16th and re- re-opens on St Stephen’s Day at 11am and will remain open throughout the holiday season. The visitor centre opened in its initial form 16 years ago and, since then, hundreds of thousands of people have passed through its doors and climbed its many steps. For further details see www.hookheritage.ie

See the New Year dawn at Hook Lighthouse Sunrise Tour Experience

The world's oldest intact working lighthouse will host it's first Sunrise Tour Experience on January 1st, 2018, offering visitors the opportunity to see the New Year dawning over the spectacular South East coast.

Hook Lighthouse juts out to sea at the tip of the Hook Peninsula on the corner of Ireland's Ancient East, there is there is no better place to take in the vast seascapes and glorious colours of Ireland's Celtic Sea.
Visitors will be welcomed with a fresh bucks fizz and taken on a bespoke guided tour experience. Step back in time as you ascend the well-worn steps of the medieval tower, see it's heritage come to life as visitors meet life-sized figures of the Monk who first established the beacon at the site in the 5th century followed by the Knight who built the tower; William Marshal some 800 years ago and hear of life as a light-keeper before stepping on to the top floor, take in the 360 degree sweeping panorama on the outdoor balcony and take in the views stretching across the Southeast of Ireland.
Tours culminate in the enclosed glass watch-room with spectacular panoramic views of the rolling seas stretching out while the sun rises and visitors savour bucks fizz, prosecco, fresh tea, and coffee along with a selection of breakfast canapés made from the finest local produce, including Ballyhack smokehouse smoked salmon on homemade brown bread.
The New Year Sunrise Tour Experience at Hook Lighthouse is now available for booking via Hook Lighthouse, call 00353 (0)51 397055, tickets are €45 per person. This is an adult only experience. For further details see www.hookheritage.ie

The present structure is about 800 years old and is the oldest intact operational Lighthouse in the world. Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower all year round and is one of the top things to do Wexford and Waterford. Climb the 115 steps to the spectacular view from the balcony.

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The former lighthouse keeper’s houses now play host to the visitor facilities:

Gift shop selling gifts of a nautical nature Cafe serving homemade soup, sandwiches, various seafood options and fresh scones and cakes from our bakery. Art workshops for adults and children are held at the Lighthouse all year round with resident artist Rose. Art exhibits and maritime displays. Free WiFi available in the café area.

Guided Tours Available

Opening Times – all year

  • June/July/August 9.30am - 6pm
  • May/September 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Rest of year 9.30 am to 5 pm

Guided Tours of Hook Lighthouse Tower

  • June/July/August – every half hour from 10am to 5.30pm
  • Rest of Year – Every hour from 11 am to 5 pm

Group bookings by prior arrangement - access to Lighthouse by guided tour only.

Guided Tour Rates

  • Adult €9
  • Senior / Student €7
  • Child (under 5) FREE
  • Family (2A / 2C) €22
  • Family (2A / 3C) €24


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Opening hours

Christmas Opening times - open until 16th December then closed until 11am Stephens day 26th.

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