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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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Dublin, Ireland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Great setup, fantastic for families, a free museum and kids playground. Nice coffee shop and souvenirs, you can walk around the lighthouse, magnificent views. There is a tour to go inside the lighthouse itself but we did not have time, it takes 30 minutes and it cost 6.50, if with a family it could be too expensive. Free parking do.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Despite the rain. There was lots of interest to see and on a dry day there are excellent walks nearby. Coffee shop a but cafeteria like with disappointing coffee but service good and clean.

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed a family day out at Hook Lighthouse. The tour was excellent, very informative and interesting. Took two children aged 8 and 11 and they were enthralled. The restaurant provided the best meal we had in the area. Delicious fish chowder and fish pie, very fresh and tasty. Staff were friendly and facilities were clean.

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Portarlington, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

It was a clear day so we had great views across the bay and out the sea. The tour guide was very good and it had a nice cafe for tea and muffins inside.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Lovely facility and a well guided tour. The view from the top is amazing . Gift shop area needs to be bigger when busy it's very hard to move around.

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful lighthouse and the sea views are stunning, the café was a lovely retreat after viewing Hook Lighthouse, very efficient staff, lovely coffee and delicious food, and good toilet facilities. Excellent parking and children and adults will love this lighthouse.

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Turin
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

While touring Ireland, we wanted to see the spectacular views of the sea, and this is the right place to go. The views were amazing, it was pretty windy but that added to the magical atmosphere. The tour of the lighthouse itself was very interesting, the guide was knowledgeable and fun and the 6 euro entrance fee was well worth... More

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Waterford, Ireland
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101 reviews 101 reviews
43 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

What a lovely location and with gorgeous views. I visit here many times and am never disappointed. The cafe serves beautiful fresh food all day and the staff are always so helpful. Big advantage of this place too is that they have free wifi, a rarity in these parts. The shop is well stocked with many items at a range... More

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beatshere
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The day we went there was a family day there. It was great, not overpriced. Everyone enjoyed going up the tower. Lovely lunch in the café there. Kids delighted with it, done art on slates which was great for them. Great day out.

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Ardee, Ireland
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Have been at the lighthouse and walked to Slade on quite a few occasions but never did the tour. After a wait of 30 odd minutes a young girl brought us on a tour of the lighthouse itself. It was very interesting and she had quite a detailed knowledge of the building and it's history. Of course when we got... More

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