Hook Lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesLighthouses
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 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 and Relax by the Sea. In clear weather you can see for miles and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse! Social Enterprise Community Tourism Project Thank you for your reviews
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  • Julie M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Hook Head Lighthouse Tour
    Although we are originally from co. Wexford and had visited the Hook hundreds of times, we had never taken a tour of the actual lighthouse itself. It was simply amazing! The history, the vista, the structure were fascinating but the whole tour hinged on our guide. Noel, and he was a star. He got to know everyone's names and where they were from and his wit and humour kept all entertained. There was nothing he couldn't answer and although he must give that tour hundreds of times a year, he had such energy and fun, we could have easily turned around and done the tour again! Hook Head is so worth a visit... but make sure Noel is working tgat day!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • karensmall1958
    Romsey, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of lighthouse
    What an amazing team! Everyone so helpful and friendly from the moment I arrived to the time I left. Can fully recommend breakfast in the cafe. The guided tour was very informative and entertaining. The tour guide was so enthusiastic and knew so much. Thanks John.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Gina O
    Shannon, Ireland18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hook Head Lighthouse
    A tour of the Lighthouse in Hook Head is a must if you’re in the area. The guides are fantastic and share the history and stories associated with the lighthouse. It is such an interesting place. We were lucky with the weather so got fantastic views.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • MayB
    Kilkenny, Ireland383 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience
    We have our mobile home close enough to the lighthouse. But it was good to do what the tourists do for a change . We had American relations over and they wanted to go. We didn’t book but were there good and early . In the area in front of the tower itself , there was a man in a pirate costume entertaining the children. Two of our group got into the tug of war . There’s also a pirate ship shaped playground. The café was doing a good trade and there’s a little shop as well. They had some nice books on Irish flora and fauna . For the tour itself , we had a good clear day. There are 115 steps up the lighthouse so you would need to keep that in mind . We stayed at the back to let the small cousins get a bit of a rest now and again. You learn about the history and geography of the area as well. The Norman William Marshall was the man who was behind the building of the tower. But it’s thought that the monks kept lights there further back .The site of the monks’ chapel is at the base of the lighthouse. Marshall was behind the building of castles like Ferns, Kilkenny and Carlow as well. The rocks and surrounding seas would be treacherous in bad weather . There are blowholes round about as well. You’d want to be careful walking off the paths . We’ve seen whales and dolphins off the shore lots of times . But it was the wrong time of the year for it. The views from the deck towards the top of the tower are incredible.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Helen S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out!
    I would give this place 6 stars if I could! We had such a fantastic visit here. The lighthouse itself has a fascinating history, but the staff at this place really make the visit - they're so enthusiastic and welcoming and clearly have a real love for the place. Tracy was our tour guide and kept us well entertained with history and stories for nearly an hour. This lady is an absolute mine of information! The coffee shop serves really lovely food and very reasonably priced. Would recommend this attraction to all ages, its well worth a visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 28, 2023
  • dadandcab
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit
    As lighthouse lovers, we definitely had this on our to do list, especially as it’s the oldest working lighthouse in the world. We weren’t disappointed. It’s easy to get to on a good road with plenty of parking. The lighthouse and associated building are in good condition externally and very photogenic. We didn’t go inside the lighthouse as our knees are no longer up to the stairs but there’s plenty of other information about the lighthouse plus a good café, lots of outdoor picnic seating plus toilets available so it’s easy to spend time here, especially if you want to walk around the local headland for the views as well. Recommended.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Eliza
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent. Just go - unmissable!
    Majestic! The lighthouse itself, the spectacular location and the history would make this a must visit. But on top of that, the team!! John our tour guide was the most engaged, committed and passionate guide ever. He brought everything to the tour and we left feeling so moved, inspired and well informed. All the guys in the team were so fun, great chat and stories and couldn’t have made us more welcome.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 8, 2023
  • 2020vision
    4,855 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    We'd previously had a tour inside the lighthouse so on this tour of The Hook Peninsula we were happy to enjoy it from the outside . What a stunning place , fabulous views ! It's the oldest working lighthouse in the World and well worth visiting .
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • aodhnaitd
    Königstein im Taunus, Germany28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family day out
    We had such a great time. John our guide was a gifted speaker and historian and had lots of quirky and controversial things to say. Our kids loved it. Will say that for older people all the stair climbing would be difficult. Lovely cafe and shop and loads of fossils to be found on the surrounding rocks. Recommend 1000%
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Fabio B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eccellente
    Today we've the lighthouse tour, the experience was amazing!!!!! Everything was perfect and Unforgettable, staff, view, tour and even the food was great. Something not to miss. A great thanks to our guide who was absolutely fantastic.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
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Amy C
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Beautiful location and fabulous scenery however certain staff members employed by the lighthouse were not very plesant to say the least and communication between staff members was poor.

I arrived at the car park along with my husband, 2 children and an elderly relative at 1.30pm, the man working at the gate proceeded to inform my husband the next available tour of the lighthouse was at 4.30pm. My husband asked for our party to be booked onto the 4.30pm tour and the man took our details and said we had been booked in. We had lunch in the cafe which was lovely and hung around the area for 3 hours as my 5 year old son really wanted to see inside the lighthouse.
At 4.20pm we approached the ticket office to pay for the tour only to be told we had not been booked in. I explained to the woman on the desk that we had in fact booked in and there must be some confusion. The woman said 'the man on the gate does not take bookings', despite the fact we went back previously to check if we were booked and confimed it with this employee (who was also rude and a fellow employee commented 'there is no need to be so rude'). I found the womans response to be very abrupt and dismissive. She basically called me a liar and said the employee on the gate would not have booked us in despite myself, my husand and my relative all hearing the employee say we were booked in for the 4.30 tour. I asked could she make any allowance as my 5 year old was very upset and we had waited 3 hours and she said no. She processed to get very defensive and i felt quite uncomfortable and upset with her response. She put a very dark cloud over our day and i feel she could have handled the situation in a much more sympathetic manner rather than being confrontational.
Written August 5, 2020
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Conor M
Cork, Ireland15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We visited Hook Head lighthouse today, we had fantastic weather for the day.

When we arrived we were an hour or so early for our tour so we took a walk along the cliff walk around the lighthouse which was great to see.

Normally with some tours they can be a bit drawn out and you find yourself looking forward to the end, However our tour with Gillian was very informative and interesting at the same time. We didn’t find ourselves looking at the time and would highly recommend it for a activity.

On a side note with everything going on with Covid-19 the staff were great in directing everyone around with the one way system in the reception and cafe areas.

Thanks for a great day.
Thanks Gilian
Written September 3, 2020
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Karl C
Bray, Ireland647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We went here as we were in Cork for two nights then Waterford for one night so we went into here on the way back up to Wicklow. We got a burger and a can of coke at the small food place near the carpark. The food was very nice and the staff were lovely, can't fault them.
We did the tour of the lighthouse which was €10 each i think.
Special shoutout to Gillian who was our tour guide. She told us all about the history of the lighthouse as she brought us up the three diff floors of the lighthouse. She first brought us to the small building behind the lighthouse. It's a very interesting tour. There is 115 steps in the lighthouse so keep that in mind if you are doing the tour.
Written September 3, 2020
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bernadette48Ireland
Clashmore, Ireland143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Had booked a visit for 1500hrs last Sunday but arrived much earlier, I didn't book the lighthouse itself on account of the 115 steps, I just booked the grounds. I spoke to the chap on the gate and informed him he could give our slot to someone else as we weren't going to stay too long and he was so kind he said we were welcome to come into the grounds immediately as we were kind enough to let him know. We had a lovely visit and had a lovely lunch in the cafe. Even without going into the lighthouse we enjoyed the scenery and would recommend a visit.
Written September 9, 2020
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jamisonmark05
Lisburn, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Visited the Lighthouse during a trip to Wexford. A lot more at the site than I expected including a pirate ship which kids can play in, cafe and small gift shop. Guide was very enthusiastic and very engaging with the kids especially around theneed for recycling and the environment. Soent a good 1-2 hours exploring the site. A great stop, but just be careful on the rocks as there are a few big drops, which really should be fenced off but aren't. If you bring the kids onto the rocks, keep a hold of them!!!
Written August 9, 2021
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Ros1943
Castlebar, Ireland1,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Wonderful resource and so good to see the amenity run and staffed by a team that have such a passion for the lighthouse, it’s history and educating the public.

The tour was definitely one of the highlights of our staycation as a result of the enthusiasm that Noel brings to the role. It’s the oldest working lighthouse in the world and Noel could share stories going back the decades in terms of the people who staffed the lighthouse and the challenges they faced.

Views are spectacular from this south easterly tip of Ireland. There are some lovely amenities for all the family around the lighthouse with a play area for younger kids and coffee shops with the option to eat both inside and outside.

Given the current pandemic restrictions the tour is very safe and well organised.

Well done Noel and a great option for anyone taking the staycation option this year.

Highly recommended and an important part of Ireland’s history.
Written August 14, 2020
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fobl11
Birmingham, UK714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
I took my family here last week and it was the first time in about 15+ years that id visited here.
It was a nice sunny day when we arrived, but it was also really windy and the waves were epic. It was great just to sit and watch this for a while.
We were hoping to go up the lighthouse, however there were only 30 places per tour and were running hourly, so it didn't work for us to wait for the next one.
We ended up eating in the cafe which had a great selection of cakes and baked goods, plus other hot and cold food and drinks to choose from.
There was also a large wooden ship for the kids to play in. On a nice day in the summer you could easily chill here for a while when the kids are running around.
We'll definitely be back again next time we're in Wexford.
Written January 7, 2023
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CharlieC
Cork, Ireland669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Was here today with the lovely Ursula and family.

It’s well organised with supervised parking and easy access.

Some of the artefacts are really cool outside the lighthouse and the view is spectacular.

Plenty of seating for a picnic if you wish.

It’s got a great history and is well worth a visit.
Written September 12, 2020
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DomT18
Kildare, Ireland35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Fantastic afternoon here with my wife and two girls (3 and 6). The wonderful weather obviously made the experience even more enjoyable! We loved our trip to Hook. We travelled from Wexford Town and really enjoyed the scenic drive along the peninsula.

The grounds are really well maintained and there are loads of picnic benches if you bring food with you. The cafe is also perfect for snacks and treats. We found the staff to be really friendly and they had great time for the children. The chap on the gate was great fun and you could tell he loved working there. It was a similar situation in the cafe, the staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable about the area.

Our children loved the pirate ship and spent ages on it! We then did the beautiful walk around the outside of the lighthouse and the views were simply amazing! We spotted a few seals bobbing in and out of the water too (no whales or dolphins unfortunately). Great photo opportunities of both the views and the lovely lighthouse. Well worth a visit!!
Written July 21, 2021
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Stephen S
Bury, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Love a day out to Hook Lighthouse. Stunning seaside views. Free parking and free toilets. The staff are always super. There is also a restaurant and guided tours of the lighthouse (best to book in advance).
Written July 19, 2020
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