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Hook Lighthouse & Visitor Centre
The HookCo. Wexford
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Climb 115 steps to the balcony of Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, and soak up stunning views of the coastline. A hugely popular attraction in south east Ireland, experience its magic and mystery for yourself.

Discover majestic Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, voted the number one lighthouse in the world. Described by Lonely Planet Guide as a “little plump lighthouse, the granddaddy of all lighthouses", it is a fascinating example of medieval architecture in Ireland.

Constructed with local limestone, Hook Lighthouse is one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world, the present structure dates back 800 years to the medieval tower of Hook. Explore the tower, drop by the visitor centre, pop into the gift shop and relax with a coffee in the café.

Fun festivals and family events take place at Hook Lighthouse throughout the year, including the Maritime Matters Festival, the Pirate Festival, Heritage Week Vintage Day and a series of summer lectures. Enjoy themed cookery demonstrations, historical re-enactments, charity fundraisers and art workshops at the magnificent lighthouse.

Why we like it
  • Experience the number one lighthouse in the world.
  • Enjoy incredible views of the Wexford coastline.
  • Guided tours are available seven days a week.
  • Fun festivals take place throughout the year.
Tips from locals

During winter, mainly between November and February, the waters around Hook Peninsula are frequently visited by whales. Look out for the fascinating marine mammals on your way to Hook Lighthouse.

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