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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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Well worth the tour, claims to be the oldest working lighthouse in the world (800+ years). Started out as a coal-fired beacon.The guide's accent & mile a minute patter clearly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Well worth the tour, claims to be the oldest working lighthouse in the world (800+ years). Started out as a coal-fired beacon.The guide's accent & mile a minute patter clearly lost some of the non-English visitors, though! The whole site is interesting, good for walks and picnics, and there were many scuba divers exoploring while we were there.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We trusted our GPS to get us there from Kilkenny and it did, through beautiful backs roads and a car ferry (which we thought was wrong but trusted the GPS lol) It was very windy and cloudy that day but still worth the drive. Everyone was so friendly, and once they found out we were on our honeymoon they went... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We drove to the lighthouse after crossing from Passage East on the car ferry Beautiful drive lots of scenery The day was cool and the skies blue when we arrived at the Lighthouse car park and we walked around and looked at the sea We then went with a guide to climb inside the lighthouse Lots of steps and amazed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Nice place to stop for lunch albeit a bit breezy. Didn't see the need to pay for a guided tour of the lighthouse but it is in great condition and quite a dramatic coastline to look at or clamber about on.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I didn't do a tour of the lighthouse but the scenery surrounding the lighthouse is spectacular. We went on a walk through the fields overlooking the ocean, it was so peaceful and incredibly beautiful, would highly recommend.

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Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Well worth the drive to Hook Lighthouse. Pretty views of the bay, old houses and sheep pastures. The lighthouse is built like the other lighthouses we saw in Ireland: short, stocky and white. The fresnel lens light has been automated, but the birdcage is intact. Climb to the top, for great views.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

I always find this spot so magical. The lighthouse has been here since the 13th century. On a sunny day the picnic grounds are busy as are the waters with many scuber divers while teenagers swim off the rocks. There is something special about an Irish summer.

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Elkton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This was the only lighthouse we visited during my first trip to Ireland - definitely a great stop. Fascinating story behind the oldest working lighthouse in the world. The tour is very well done. Don't let the 115 steps deter you - there are three "stops" that allow you to view the amazing internal architecture that has allowed this structure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This lighthouse is worth a quick stop because it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. That distinction makes it a "significant place on earth", in my opinion, and earned it a spot on my busy itinerary. From Waterford, your GPS will probably direct you through New Ross, but it's more interesting to take the ferry at Brookside... More 

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kildare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Great place to visit, particularly for families. Lots of open space and fresh air, free games and activities, children really love painting and creating with Rose the resident artist. The light house tour and the good food in the cafe make it a day out for all the family.

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