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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

Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. 800...

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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A manically morning in November.

On arrival, we parked facing the estuary towards Dunmore. There were two trawlers twin trawling down from the Waterford direction, for sprat I was informed, close to our shore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Pat H
County Wexford, Ireland
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County Wexford, Ireland
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On arrival, we parked facing the estuary towards Dunmore. There were two trawlers twin trawling down from the Waterford direction, for sprat I was informed, close to our shore. The area was covered with literally thousands of sea birds, I have been around the sea for all my life and have never seen so many in one small area. From... More 

Thank Pat H
Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was an out of season family visit on a wintry November Saturday for lunch, and yet the lighthouse cafe was doing great business. The service was friendly and the food was good. I'd recommend the seafood chowder. If you're in the Southeast of Ireland then the historic Hook Lighthouse is a must to visit!!

Thank Gerry M
County Wexford, Ireland
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved the tour of the lighthouse, so interesting to see inside! Spectacular views from the top , got some lovely photos. I can say Hook Lighthouse is easily one of my all time favourite places in the whole world

Thank Sinead W
Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring your kids to see this . They will love it . This is the oldest operational Lighthouse in the world !! Kids get to climb to the top and the views are worth the effort !! We were blown away literally !! Lovely cafe on site with a gift shop . Well worth a visit and don't forget your... More 

Thank Annie944
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place fishing is great walk from fethard to lighthouse is lovely sightseeing is brilliant people very friendly

Thank heathercarlow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting friends in Wexford they brought us to visit this magnificent 800 year old fully operational lighthouse. It was the perfect day; winds at 60 klms with the waves crashing up on the rocks; what a sight. We were just on time for the 3 pm tour which was given by Elaine. They run guided tours all year round... More 

Thank M-P7
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would suggest that people rent a car and drive around Ireland and visit all the interesting attractions. The Hook LIghthouse is worth looking at. Just being close and seeing the lighthouse and location on the sea is so nice. All the big rocks surrounding the Lighthouse. Also there is a cafe to eat,and a store to find small gifts.... More 

Thank Janice W
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a classical lighthouse and very old. Set in it's own grounds it is on a large outcrop of rock surrounded on three sides by dramatic seas. Wonderful cliffs on either side and usually loads of seabirds, seals, etc. Great visitor centre, guided tours, museum and cafeteria. Resident artist does painting classes and sells her own art, mostly painted... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic coast line very dramatic on a stormy day water blasting from blow holes waves crashing against the cliffs . Lighthouse and tour are interesting views spectacular cafe very cost and just the job on a cold wet day highly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From Waterford we took the Passage East ferry and enjoyed a lovely drive to the lighthouse. This made for a perfect afternoon! We made it for the final tour of the day and found the 800-yr old history (monks, William Archer, and lots of coal!) so interesting. After the tour we walked the property and enjoyed the stunning sea views.... More 

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