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Hook Lighthouse

Hook Head, Fethard On Sea, Ireland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Resort Communities, Landmarks
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. 800 Years of lighthouse keepinh. 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 at least hourly 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 Relax by the Sea and keep an eye out for seals dolphins and even whales! In clear weather you can see for miles and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!Run by a Voluntary Board of Directors as a Not for profit Community Tourism Project
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Sydney, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Loved that it is the oldest lighthouse in operation. The nearby beaches are beautiful and traditional music is on at Whelan's Pub, Campile, every Wednesday. Beautiful wild berries and sloes can be picked and are delicious. The locals are very friendly people as are, their dogs and cats. The views in and around the area, are spectacular. I loved it... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Visited the lighthouse on a wild windy day, our tour guide was excellent, a beautiful place to visit, we didn't eat here so cannot comment on the food. Fabulous place for a winter trip.

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Wexford, Ireland
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

we have been here a good few times the price of the food has gone up in recent visit which i noticed that visitors bring their own on my last visit i asked for a small change to my order which they were not very willing to do it was small change so i really couldnt see the problem i... More

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United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Just a fab experience for all ages!!!!! Great tour, guide, shop and lighthouse!! A MUST for all new and old visitors to Wexford / Waterford areas!

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Montreal, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Went there on a bright and sunny day...and a tiny bit windy. But at the summit of the tower...forget about your hair, hang on to your glasses and cap, hold on to the rail...it was windy like hell ! Wonder how they did 500 or 600 years ago, no lights, no heating system, carrying wood or parafine to keep the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Some local people in Waterford told us that Hook Lighthouse was definitely worth visiting and after going there I fully agree. We drove from Waterford and took the Passage East to Ballyhack Car Ferry (costs 8 Euro for car and passengers and worth it). The oldest lighthouse in the world is quite a claim and we really enjoyed the guided... More

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Ringwood, Hants.
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A really beautiful lighthouse, brought to life by an interesting guided tour. The steep steps are not for everyone, as is the inevitable smell of damp! Hard to imagine that so many people lived and worked there together. We really enjoyed the view from the 'balcony' and took the opportunity to ask the guide about the shipwreck info poster downstairs.... More

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Antrim, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The oldest working lighthouse in the world. What a great place. Views from the top were amazing. The weather was beautiful, staff very helpful and friendly. Was very interesting leArning the history of the lighthouse. Beautiful coast for nice walk and just to sit on the rocks looking out to sea.

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Cork, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We recently visited Hook Head lighthouse. It is well worth a visit. The guided tour is really good and gives the history of the lighthouse with many fascinating facts. It is the oldest working lighthouse in Europe. The tours leave every hour and they limit the amount of people which is a good thing. There are plenty of picnic tables... More

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Carlow, Ireland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Spent a lovely afternoon here with the kids. The guide was very informative and kept the kids interested. Had a lovely picnic on the grounds too. Would highly recommend it.

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