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Hook Lighthouse

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Address: | Hook Head, Fethard On Sea, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 51 397 054
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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There is nothing better on a sunny day than cycling the Hook Peninsula and stop off at the lighthouse for a coffee and rest your limbs. It's also nice to drive to the lighthouse... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is nothing better on a sunny day than cycling the Hook Peninsula and stop off at the lighthouse for a coffee and rest your limbs. It's also nice to drive to the lighthouse on a windy day and get the cobwebs blown away by the sea breeze on the high wall. There is also a lovely cliff walk from... More 

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Newry N.I.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Lighthouse, apparently oldest operational lighthouse in the world! Located on the south west corner of Wexford. Lovely little visitor centre with coffee shop on site. The tour of the lighthouse itself was most interesting with views from the top quite breathtaking( be prepared for a climb up approx. 110 steps!). The wild sea with the gigantic waves & subsequent... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really beautiful lighthouse. It's a great tour inside and a polite staff and the visitor centre. The tour guide were very informative, but not that lifelike.

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Thank Nikolaj R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely old lighthouse on the edge of the world at south west Wexford across from Dunmore in Co Waterford. There's a lovely walk around the waters edge to Slade Dock & Castle.

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Tipperary, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely to see the worlds oldest operational lighthouse! great gem! Stay and watch the sunset what a view! :D

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting visit to the inside of this old - but still in use - lighthouse and in a real nice area if you want to drive/cycle/hike around the peninsula. Beautiful landscape from the top viewpoint, also on a lucky day you can see dolphins, whales and some birds. Bring your binoculars! Also nice café on site, very much needed in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

drove to here on a wet and wild day and it was soo worth it. Fab views from whereever you walk around. Didnt do the tour but the cafe was very pleasant with a wide range of food and drink. a must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive, location and setting to hook head is stunning, really beautiful day out especially when the weather is lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful place to visit, found to be very wind beaten, but beautiful landscape and a marvelous lighthouse. The little tours are great, you get to ask questions if something intrigues you. I didn't find it to be very expensive and the parking is close by. Would recommend bringing warm clothes for the journey and of course a camera!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it was really cold there on the top but worth visiting place built more than 800 years ago amazing food in the restaurant was nice too

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