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Hook Lighthouse

Hook Head, Fethard On Sea, Ireland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Resort Communities
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... more » 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 « less
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
33 helpful votes 33 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Hamilton, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We brought our own lunch and enjoyed eating it outside. Amazing scenery and atmosphere. Worth the drive from Wexford on your way to Cork, you don't want to miss this.

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Carlow, Ireland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a must do! Kids loved it as did we. Great tour guide she made very interesting. Magical views. I highly recommend this place

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Cork
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I attended a concert of Maria Doyle Kennedy in the lighthouse with friends recently. It was a night to remember. We climbed the narrow stairs to the top circular room which has little alcoves and small windows set into the thick walls. During the concert we could see the light fade over the sea through the ancient windows. The encore... More

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Gibsonville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I'm so glad we made our way down to the Hook Head Lighthouse. It's the oldest working lighthouse in the world and the view from atop is spectacular. We even caught a glimpse of some sea lions.

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Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Being from New England, I love lighthouses, so this was worth the drive from Waterford. It's an old lighthouse built right on the edge of a rocky point, and you can tour inside and climb up most of the way to the top, led by a tour guide who gives you some history from the monks who first manned a... More

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