Hook Lighthouse is truly one of a kind.
Built 800 years ago, the lighthouse continues to serve its original function and is now the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.

Step back in time with a guided tour of this intact medieval lighthouse. Discover its fascinating history: there’s been a beacon here since the 5th century.

Hear stories from life on the edge and find out more about technology at work keeping people safe at sea today. Then step out onto the lighthouse’s four-storey high balcony and enjoy spectacular panoramic views. Watch out for the sea spray which can reach the top of the lighthouse in stormy weather!

Back at ground level pop into the visitor centre and gift shop. And be sure to leave time to treat yourself with a coffee and homemade scone in our café before you journey on to explore the Norman castles, Cistercian abbeys, historical gardens and sandy beaches around us.



A quick history
  • William Marshal, a Knights Templar, known as the Greatest Knight, built the lighthouse tower to protect and develop the shipping trade, which was so important in the 13th century.
  • Monks looked after the lighthouse tower until 1641.
  • Lightkeepers and their families lived at the lighthouse until 1977.
  • The lighthouse was converted to electric operation in 1972 and automated in 1996.


Did you know?
  • The lighthouse walls are up to four meters thick.
  • Humpback and fin whales often visit the waters around Hook Peninsula for feeding during the winter months.
  • The phrase ‘by hook or by crook’ is said to have originated here.
  • Hook Lighthouse marks to entrance to Waterford harbour where the Barrow, Nore and Suir rivers meet. The lighthouse operates with Tuskar Rock and Mine Head lights to provide coverage on the South East Coast.
  • It is one of 70 lighthouses operated by the Commissioners of Irish Lights around the coast of Ireland and continues to provide a vital role in maritime safety today.
Image Credits: © Stephen Emerson and © Hook Heritage
Tour Booking Information


Hook Head, Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford


Year round


Adult €6
Senior/Student €5
Child (5 - 16 years) €3.50
Children (under 5 years) Free
Family (2+2) €18
Family (2+3/4) €20



Contact Number:

+353 (0)51 397055




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