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Hook Lighthouse

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Address: Hook Head, Fethard on Sea | Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford, Fethard On Sea, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 51 397 054
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. 800 Years...
Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. 800 Years of lighthouse keeping. 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 Social Enterprise Community Tourism Project
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Great day at the Hook and it surrounds

So the tour was ok, the young lady leading the tour gave it her best and really knew her stuff. The steps up to the top were manageable for our children (12,7,5 and 4) but people... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

So the tour was ok, the young lady leading the tour gave it her best and really knew her stuff. The steps up to the top were manageable for our children (12,7,5 and 4) but people with mobility problems would obviously find this difficult. The gift shop had postcards and little trinkets, and the cafe was lovely and had its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

So, back for a third visit. Just can't get enough of Hook Light. The visual impact of the light is stunning, as is its history as the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the world! Our tour guide was a bit nervous but did a good job. The construction of the lighthouse is interesting as it was built more like a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Fabulous place a real must visit for any visitor to the area.Slade harbour is beautiful also. Busy spot for tourists but plenty of room for everyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The whole family made the short trip from Saltmills to the Lighhouse. Having toured the building itself before we just made use of the excellent facilities. The coffee shop us great with free wifi and great scones! The kids completed some art work on slates that will be added to our growing collection of pictures on hook skates...great value and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour, very interesting and we all enjoyed our visit. The steps up to the top were manageable for our children (4 and 6) but people with mobility problems would obviously find this difficult. The gift shop had postcards and little trinkets, and the cafe was lovely and had its own free wifi which was an unexpected bonus. We really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit. Full of history. Super views and great scenery. Great cafe on site and plenty of picnic tables if you bring your own food. The tour guide was a great laugh and very knowledgeable too. Totally recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I went there three years ago in the middle of the winter during a roaring storm. Liked it so much that I brought my family to see it. In the summer on calm sunny weather. The place is just incredible. For something to be used for the same purpose for so many centuries. And kept in such a good shape!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our afternoon at Hook lighthouse. Had heard so much about it that is was a definite on our list to visit when we were in wexford over the weekend. €6.00 per adult and free for our little guy as he is under 5 for the guided tour to the top of the lighthouse. Lots of steps up and... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The location is the best thing about the lighthouse and the views from the top are probably worth the price of the guided tour. It's a fairly short tour and the guide we had wasn't the best at bringing the story of the lighthouse to life. Maybe we had high expectations, no pun intended, after the brilliant tour guide at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We had an enjoyable afternoon at Hook lighthouse. We participated in the lighthouse tour led by tour guide Kate who had some amusing stories about the 800 year old lighthouse. We followed this by a clamber over the rocky outcrops surrounding the lighthouse and finally a cup of tea in the Cafe. An enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

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