We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hook Lighthouse

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Hook Head, Fethard on Sea | Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford, Fethard On Sea, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 51 397 054
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. 800 Years...
Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. 800 Years of lighthouse keeping. The Visitor center at Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower, a 13th Century Norman structure, built by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke, as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, Guided tours of the lighthouse, culminating with the spectacular view from the balcony, operate at least hourly every day, the visitor centre houses a first class gift shop and there is a cafe which has seafood specials and home baking. There is a free to view Maritime Exhibition centre with Coast Guard memorabilia and information on the Whales and Dolphins which are often spotted from the Coastline.Parking is free and The Lighthouse grounds have picnic tables and free games for all to enjoy Relax by the Sea 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!Run by a Voluntary Board of Directors as a Social Enterprise Community Tourism Project
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 381 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 231
    Excellent
  • 127
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
First Lighthouse!

The Hook Lighthouse was we believe the first lighthouse in the world! The visit is very informative & the surrounding views are terrific. One of the highlights of the South coast!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
C_and_H_11
,
Dublin, Ireland
Add Photo Write a Review

381 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
95 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The Hook Lighthouse was we believe the first lighthouse in the world! The visit is very informative & the surrounding views are terrific. One of the highlights of the South coast!

Was this review helpful? Yes
County Carlow, Ireland
Level Contributor
51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We spent a few hours at this area. Views across to bay towards Waterford were terrific.Had a picnic. Did not visit light house although it seemed to to very busy -and it was a Monday!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had lunch in the cafe here which was lovely . Homemade soup for me and my husband had a smoked salmon salad which he said was delicious. Souvenir shop was well stocked.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The tour guide was a lovely guy, and had some very interesting facts about the light house - such as the fact that it's been 800 years and the interior stonework has never needed repair, such was the ingenuity of William Marshall's design. I wouldn't recommend climbing the tour if you're unsteady on your feet, and there's no internal help... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Oldest working lighthouse in the world our guide told us. And then rather strangely added that was also the oldest in Ireland! However, very interesting tour and excellent views all round. Well worth the trip - which we combined with Tintern Abbey which a also well worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
wiltshire
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Hook Lighthouse is one of the most fascinating examples of medieval architecture in Ireland. The tower stands four stories high with walls up to 4m thick. The tower itself consists of three rib-vaulted chambers in the lower tier while the upper narrower section would have carried the warning beacon. These two tiers are connected with a mural (within the wall)... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kilmacthomas, Ireland
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My partner and I went to Hook Lighthouse last weekend.The day was lovely and sunny but when we got to Hook the wind and sea were boisterous.It was great fun along the cliff and rocks watching the waves crash in.We signed up for the tour of the Lighthouse and it was excellent both informative and entertaining.I learnt lots.Afterwards we had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The edge with the sea is an spectacular show for your eyes. There are many people walking around the cliffs. The lighthouse maybe visited, but the Chipiona's one is much better

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We had a great day at Hook Lighthouse and in the surrounding areas. The tour was well done and informative, and the price was not too expensive. We loved the views from the top of the lighthouse. I would definitely recommend checking out this attraction if you're travelling to Wexford

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

We had a lovely day at Hook Lighthouse. The tour was fun, informative and reasonably priced. The cafe food was good, and we enjoyed our lunch and the stunning views. The highlight of the trip was visiting roses art studio. We had our babies foot print painted on a beautiful piece of slate, for only €5. Highly recommend a day... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Hook Lighthouse also viewed

Hook Head, County Wexford
 
County Wexford, Province of Leinster
Curracloe, County Wexford
 

Been to Hook Lighthouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hook Lighthouse

Address: Address: Hook Head, Fethard on Sea | Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford, Fethard On Sea, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 51 397 054
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Wexford  >  Fethard On Sea

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hook Lighthouse and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Hook Lighthouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?