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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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Wonderful views and interesting tour

The location of the Hook is amazing, the views stretch as far as Cork on a fine day. The tour of the lighthouse itself lasts half an hour and our guide was very knowledgeable and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Naas, Ireland
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Naas, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The location of the Hook is amazing, the views stretch as far as Cork on a fine day. The tour of the lighthouse itself lasts half an hour and our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The visitor centre is light and airy and there is a cafe and shop. Outside there is a large grassy area with plenty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Hook Lighthouse is a great day out for all the family, really nice walks all around and we saw sea lions :-) Amazing views. The cafe was very nice, staff very good and helpful.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Granted it was a fantastic day with not a cloud in the sky, but the location is great, the views of Wexford and Waterford counties are fantastic and actual visit to the lighthouse is very interesting. Be prepared to climb four levels and also be prepared for how cold it is inside the actual medieval lighthouse. The views from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

What an amazing place, if you like the outdoors, take a walk from the lighthouse to the fishing village of slade, its so rugged and fresh and just fantastic. The lighthouse itself has tours to the top, a small shop and a lovely cafe. Also for any budding artists Rose runs an art room at the side and its just... More 

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Love visiting here, sometimes to bring visitors on the tour, other times just to have coffee and watch the waves, other times to walk along the cliffs in the wind and take photos. It's a perfect spot whatever the weather, whether you want to explore outdoors when it's calm or to watch the power of the sea from the cosy... More 

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Kildare, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Hook lighthouse great attraction on south east coast. Very interesting spot something for everyone. Nice coffee shop nice picnic area.Great for exploring round rocks beautiful views from top of lighthouse.nice little shop. Has other little bits like painting slates for the kids and exhibition of sea rescue equipment etc Hook lighthouse is non profit seems to be run by locals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a beautiful spot. The lighthouse is really interesting and the drive along the peninsula is stunning. Lots of spots to stop off and explore the rugged coastline.

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Mountmellick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Definitey a popular spot as we went out during the day and the place was very busy. We couldnt stay at that time so went out later when it was dark. It was fabulous to see the lighthouse working in the dark. We went in around it, nothing to say we couldnt when it was officially closed.

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Mornington, Meath, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We went to the hook lighthouse on Easter Tuesday. The kids loved it. The views from the top are gorgeous and its well worth the visit. Please note the lighthouse is not wheelchair accessible and young ones will have to be carried.Staff/guides are very friendly and helpful.

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Strokestown, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Coming here on a sunny day is a real treat. Great walk around the head on a loop over to see Slade castle. Kids love clamouring over the rocks. Tour of the lighthouse interesting, but the addition of a decent maritime museum would make the attraction so much better

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