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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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Carlow, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW 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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Dublin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

I cannot really add anything new to what other reviewers have said. Just to say that I drove to this place and really enjoyed everything about Hook Lighthouse including the Warm Sunny Weather as well as all facilities. Also there were a lot of cars and camper vans parked in the general locality of the lighthouse. It was nice to... More

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Galway, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

WellWorth a visit. It is amazing. Views outstanding and the staff all so helpful. It's a must see if in wexford.

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Eureka, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
29 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We went there in a spectacular sunny clear day in early September Lots of children and dogs were enjoying the big green lawn. We took the tour of the lighthouse. It would have been nice to go all to the very top floor of the lighthouse and see the actual lens but we were told it was not spacious enough... More

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Ireland, West Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Visited Hook Head Lighthouse & did the tour, it was amazing to see how the inside of the light house & how it operated all those years ago to this very day ! Stephen our tour guide was great & provided us with ample information and answered all our questions. The view from the tower itself & the surrounding area... More

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Coolum Beach, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A short drive and journey on a car ferry from Waterford is the Hook Lighthouse. Reported to be the oldest lighthouse (800 + years), in Europe. It is located out on the point and is worth the short drive. A guide takes you through the complex and is very informative. You can have refreshments there as well. Well worth it... More

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Tipperary, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We looked over at the lighthouse with its three rapid flashes at night from Dunmore East and promised to bring the kids the following day. The adventure started with the ferry ride of a few minutes from Passage East, then on down thru Duncannon and out along Hook Head . Our young ones made a bee line for the Pirate... More

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