Hook Lighthouse & Heritage Centre
Light up your day at Hook Lighthouse, 800 years of light keeping. One of the Oldest Lighthouses in the World, a favourite with Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor. Marking the entrance to Waterford Harbour at the mouth of the Three Sisters river system for over 800 years.
The Visitor centre which is open year round at Hook Lighthouse and offers guided tours of the Medieval lighthouse tower, built by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke and the most famous Knight of his time, as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster. Purpose built as a lighthouse 800 years ago, and still fully operational today, Hook Lighthouse truly is one of a kind!
Guided tours take you through the lighthouse with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique building. Enjoy the spectacular view from the balcony. Our Visitor Centre located in the former keepers houses where there is a first class gift shop, café and bakery. Our friendly staff are happy to help with any tourist information you require. Relax by the sea with a coffee and homemade scone where you can keep an eye out for seals dolphins and even whales!
Various events are advertised during the year with BBQ’s and children’s games on the lawn all summer, for details of all our activities keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages
Visitor Centre open year round:
June/July/August 9.30 am to 6 pm
May/September 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Rest of year 9.30 am to 5 pm
Guided Tours of Hook Lighthouse Tower available all year round (may be restricted during dangerous weather conditions and maintenance requirements). Group bookings by prior arrangement. Access to Lighthouse by guided tour only.
Senior / Student €7
Child under 5 years free (with accompanying adult / family)
Group rates available on guided tour and café depending on time of day, week and year, by pre-booking during office hours.
Pre-booking essential for entry to the grounds. See website for details.
Guided tours of Lighthouse Tower.
Gift shop selling gifts of a nautical nature.
Cafe serving homemade soup, sandwiches, various seafood options and fresh scones and cakes from our bakery.
Picnic areas and children’s outdoor games.
Free Family Friendly events – checkout our Facebook page.
Art workshops for adults and children are held at the Lighthouse all year round with resident artist Rose.
Art exhibits and maritime displays.
Free WiFi available in the café area.