The Hook Lighthouse

Beaufort House Bed & Breakfast invites you to visit the 13th Century Hook Lighthouse. Hook Lighthouse, is the oldest lighthouse in the World still in operation. It is one of the top things to do / Day Trips  in Wexford or Waterford! with many festivals, events and family fun days taking place at Hook Lighthouse year round.

The Lighthouse’s 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.

The first custodians to the light were a small group of monks whose small monastery was situated on the peninsula. The monks who lived at this monastery would have lit warning fires and beacons all through the years to warn sailors of the dangerous rocks on the peninsula. The monks left the tower and were replaced by the first lighthouse keepers in the mid 1600′s. In March 1996, The Hook Lighthouse was converted to automatic operation and the last light-keepers who had climbed the stairs and tended the light were permanently withdrawn from the station. The lighthouse is now remotely controlled from Dun Laoghaire by the Commissioners of Irish Lights.

In 2001 the light was opened to the public as a tourist attraction after the old keepers houses were turned into a visitor centre. In June 2011 the structure was placed first by Lonely Planet in its list of “Top 10 Flashiest Lighthouses”; the guide described Hook as “The great granddaddy of lighthouses”.

Whales and dolphins can be observed from the shoreline around Hook Head with a good pair of binoculars. Humpback whales and Fin whales usually visit The Hook area in the winter months to feed on the huge shoals of herring.

Guided Tours of the Lighthouse available all year but may be restricted during dangerous weather conditions.

Opening Times

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

Access to the Lighthouse is by guided tour only.
June/July/August – Every half hour from 10am to 5.30pm
Rest of Year – Every hour on the hour from 11am to 5pm

Address: Hook Lighthouse, Hook Head, Churchtown, Fethard-On-Sea, New Ross, County Wexford Ireland

for more information on visiting the hook lighthouse at your stay, please contact Beaufort House, we are always very happy to help.

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