Hook Lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesLighthouses
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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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  • Mike G
    Great Malvern, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    We went as a family today to see this fabulous building and we’re lucky enough to be toured round by Noel Lynch. What a great knowledge he has of the history of the place. His comical tour was entertaining and really interesting well done. I couldn’t recommend this place enough great staff and amazing views. Well done all concerned 👌 Noel your a legend 👍
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Jon B
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    We are sailing people, and usually see these things from the water including the Fastnet one. But it wasn't the mechanical gear that was of interest the history was fascinating. Well done to Jon, who delivered it and I'm sure he could've talked all afternoon about it had he time, fascinating. Give yourself several hours to walk round the site and enjoy some refreshment as you'll have earned it!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,034 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Lighthouse
    We did not partake in any tour since it was a cool, foggy, drizzly day we visited. Nice cafe and information center with plenty of parking. Is it the oldest lighthouse in the world? I’d like to think so.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • karensmall1958
    Romsey, United Kingdom16 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 July 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 5 August 2023
  • MayB
    Kilkenny, Ireland343 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 October 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 November 2023
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Mark M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great tour, Noel was our tour guide and really interesting to hear the story. Noel made the kids really welcome and kept them interested though out the tour. Thanks again Noel tour and also the local recommendations.
Written 23 February 2024
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AmbridgeGirl
London, UK636 contributions
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Fascinating visit to the lighthouse. Weather was just right and clear enough to see the views. Fabulous tour by Tracy - interesting to hear the history and facts. Showed a short film of the lighthouse families and how they lived there. Had a delicious lunch after the tour. Couldn't fault that either. Highly recommend a visit if you're ever in County Wexford or nearby.
Written 21 February 2024
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headsup93
Waterford, Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Very friendly staff. Good story on the tour, very interesting. When you get to the top the views are amazing.
Brought our two grandkids aged 8 and 6 and they loved it.
Written 19 February 2024
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Rachel E
Spring, TX, United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was an amazing experience! Our guide Noel was so outstanding! We had a blast. Plan to come hungry. They have an amazing Cafe and chef!
Written 15 February 2024
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Sue
County Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We visited here with our two children aged 8 & 9.. We had an amazing breathtaking experience from the time we arrived. We were met by a lovely man in the gift shop who sold us our tickets for tour of light house. This lovely man John happened to be our tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about his job. He was excellent and was so good with our two children. The views from the top of the light house were breathtaking. What an amazing experience we had. We finished up by buying some reasonably priced gifts in the gift shop and having some lovely food in the cafe. The food was fabulous. We had soup and seafood chowder and the kids meals were so good. Very reasonable prices too. Overall fantastic day and well worth the visit.
Written 14 February 2024
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Brian M
Niceville, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Narrated tour was fantastic! Jon did an excellent job of conveying, the history of the lighthouse and so much much more! Don’t miss!
Written 4 February 2024
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Michael B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Brilliant tour , highly educational . Fantastic tour guide . We would totally recommed it to everyone visiting Ireland .
Written 3 February 2024
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louisewrit
dublin16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The tour was very interesting and informative. Johnny the guide was very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the experience. The cafe is lovely, staff great, food lovely. The scenery, sea, surrounding lands and walk are lovely. Could spend a day here. Lots of room for families/children to explore also. Lovely souvenir shop also.
Written 29 January 2024
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Fabio B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 28 January 2024
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sassysiren2014
Dublin, Ireland98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We booked the tickets online, very easy to navigate site. We arrived 10 minutes early an absolutely Baltic January day with glorious sunshine. We may have been the only tour group that day but the experience will stay with us always. The guide Johnny was great considering we had a 2 and half year old with us that climbed every step of the 115 steps!! A big thank you to The Light House Crew
Written 17 January 2024
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