Valentia Lighthouse
Valentia Lighthouse
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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About
Built on the site of a 17th-century fort, Valentia Island Lighthouse on Cromwell Point has stood against sea and invader for hundreds of years. Now, this gleaming white lighthouse on beautiful Valentia Island looks out across some of the most spectacular sights along the Wild Atlantic Way. There’s much to enjoy in a visit to this lighthouse. Take a tour of the lighthouse tower and balcony. Be blown away by the dramatic scenery and big weather! Soak up the stories and the science as you learn about the people and technology that have guided ships safely home from the sea over the years. Valentia Island Lighthouse offers a great day out, fascinating history, inspiring views and a unique insight into island life. Season Opening: 29th March 2019 Season Closing: 27th October 2019
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  • Susa V
    Pori, Finland57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place but a road from hell
    The lighthouse and the museum were interesting and I can gladly recommend them. We arrived a half an hour before closing time so there was no coffee available anymore and the toilets weren't working because the sea level was so low (or something like that). Luckily we didn't need to go to the toilets. In the yard there were interesting standing stones and a text saying that hundereds of years before the lighthouse the standing stones could be seen from far and guided seamen home. The last bit of the road to the lighthouse is diabolic. Do not try to drive it with a bigger car and absolutely not with a caravan. It is very narrow and steep and has sharp curves. It can only be driven one way at the time so be sure in the begin there is no one driving it towards you. If you have a big car, leave it up to the hill and walk down to the lighthouse.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Bill M
    Warwickshire, United Kingdom198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great piece of Irish heritage where you can step back in history
    Set in the most idyllic of locations, with stunning views out across the Atlantic, this is a must visit when on Valentia. This wonderful piece of Irish heritage has been restored and maintained to its former glory. What I enjoyed was that once inside you could set your own pace to view the informative videos and written displays. Climb the tower and become a lighthouse keeper going back in history. Take time to enjoy the magnificent scenery and the waters that flow around Valentia. With plenty of fresh air in the lungs my next visit was to the cafe where I met Bernie who provided the best Irish welcome. I opted for the apple pie, which was warmed up, and a decaffeinated coffee which hit the spot. This truly is worth a visit for both adults and children alike to drift back in history and let your imagination run wild. My family are visiting the Island later this year and this wonderful museum will be a port of call. Big shout out to Bernie for making me feel so welcome and the very pleasant man on admission’s both great ambassadors for this enterprise.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth the detour
    Small lighthouse, long detour off of main road, not worth it and not for 7.50 Euro each. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse and stand outside but you are not very high, view ok but not wow. Various bits of information in the different rooms but I am not a fan of the VR film reels.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,696 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the top of the lighthouse
    If you’ve ever wanted to go up a lighthouse then this is your opportunity to do so. See how the lighthouse man and his family used to live here in a really good interactive way. Everyone will enjoy this and there’s a cafe there too if you need refreshments and a loo stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Sarah
    County Kerry, Ireland10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Beautiful, Full of Life From The Past and History
    I recently visited Valentia lighthouse with a friend. We had planned to visit here since last year and finally got the opportunity when work and weather allowed us. This very well maintained building is a must see, and very affordable to enter. There is a little shop opened during the summer months with a bench outside. I must compliment the very well kept bathroom facilities which exceeded expectations. There is a lot of printed information to enjoy throughout the building to allow visitors to appreciate what an important duty those that worked here had. Also how important this lighthouse was, and the crucial role it played for so many. Stepping into the living quarters was surreal, I could certainly imagine the many winter nights the inhabitants would have spent standing by the fire talking. It felt to me as if the family had just left the breakfast room for a few minutes and I wandered in for a glimpse. It was a little sad, but the experiences of those who lived there were happy ones I'm sure along with some challenges which you will learn about from the old recordings playing. Thank you for adding to our experience on Valentia island, I hope to return with my family.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Erika Kalmar
    Brussels, Belgium58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little place - history, views, tea room
    Nice place. Stone from bronze age, fort from Cromwell era plus views, lots of info on how a lighthouse is operating and the lighthouse master's living quarters transformed into a small museum. There is also a nice little tea room. If you're there, also visit the Geokaun mountains and the Skellig Experience Centre and do the Bray Head drive - Valentia island has a lot to offer.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 14, 2024
  • Miss Krista C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed, you won't be disappointed!
    This stunning Lighthouse has been enhanced with the renovation and restoration of the light keeper's home, interactive displays, audio visual presentations about not just the Lighthouse and the keepers, but also the 17th century cromwelian fort it was built on, an original cannon, and more info on the surrounding area. There is even a standing stone from the Bronze era within its grounds! From the top of the lighthouse you can see the Valentia Slate Quarry, a beautiful high cross, Glanleam estate (which was the Knight of Kerry's home), the tower at the old protestant graveyard where he was burried, all of Valentia Harbour, Knightstown, Cahersiveen, Church Island, Begenish Island, the Dingle Penninsula, and the Blasket Islands! There is also a piece of the original transatlantic cable on display. To add to all that the kitchen of the old living quarters is now a tea room with outstanding coffee and delectable treats! The road isn't great but it's part of the adventure and apparel the County Council plans to restore it! We were lucky enough to see Basking sharks off the point! Not to be missed, a great attraction, well presented!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 14, 2024
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Jill
27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Way too overpriced, wasn't worth the money, disappointed with the tour very short as it is a small place they really should look into either adding to it for people to get the value or cutting the price. No COVID measures in place when we visted, toilet needs a good clean. Not very friendly in the ticket office. wont be going again
Written August 5, 2021
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Bernie S
Belfast, UK774 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We visited this lighthouse this afternoon. We were surprised but pleased to be able to visit a working lighthouse which has a little museum and you can visit the deck of the lighthouse. Plenty of initial explain the history. Great views. Also a coffee shop and toilets.
Written June 3, 2022
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Susa V
Pori, Finland57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The lighthouse and the museum were interesting and I can gladly recommend them. We arrived a half an hour before closing time so there was no coffee available anymore and the toilets weren't working because the sea level was so low (or something like that). Luckily we didn't need to go to the toilets.

In the yard there were interesting standing stones and a text saying that hundereds of years before the lighthouse the standing stones could be seen from far and guided seamen home.

The last bit of the road to the lighthouse is diabolic. Do not try to drive it with a bigger car and absolutely not with a caravan. It is very narrow and steep and has sharp curves. It can only be driven one way at the time so be sure in the begin there is no one driving it towards you. If you have a big car, leave it up to the hill and walk down to the lighthouse.
Written July 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Daniel
Saratoga Springs, NY98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
A absolutely gorgeous lighthouse in a stunning location that I would recommend seeing on Valentia Island, although be warned the road there is very narrow and this place is hard to reach. I had a fun time seeing the views from the top and seeing the history behind the lighthouse. Although I don't think it would be worth going out of your way for, if you are in the area I would highly recommend making a stop.
Written July 15, 2022
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Sarah
County Kerry, Ireland10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I recently visited Valentia lighthouse with a friend. We had planned to visit here since last year and finally got the opportunity when work and weather allowed us.

This very well maintained building is a must see, and very affordable to enter. There is a little shop opened during the summer months with a bench outside. I must compliment the very well kept bathroom facilities which exceeded expectations.

There is a lot of printed information to enjoy throughout the building to allow visitors to appreciate what an important duty those that worked here had. Also how important this lighthouse was, and the crucial role it played for so many.

Stepping into the living quarters was surreal, I could certainly imagine the many winter nights the inhabitants would have spent standing by the fire talking. It felt to me as if the family had just left the breakfast room for a few minutes and I wandered in for a glimpse. It was a little sad, but the experiences of those who lived there were happy ones I'm sure along with some challenges which you will learn about from the old recordings playing.

Thank you for adding to our experience on Valentia island, I hope to return with my family.
Written November 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Small lighthouse, long detour off of main road, not worth it and not for 7.50 Euro each. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse and stand outside but you are not very high, view ok but not wow.
Various bits of information in the different rooms but I am not a fan of the VR film reels.
Written July 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Miss Krista C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This stunning Lighthouse has been enhanced with the renovation and restoration of the light keeper's home, interactive displays, audio visual presentations about not just the Lighthouse and the keepers, but also the 17th century cromwelian fort it was built on, an original cannon, and more info on the surrounding area. There is even a standing stone from the Bronze era within its grounds! From the top of the lighthouse you can see the Valentia Slate Quarry, a beautiful high cross, Glanleam estate (which was the Knight of Kerry's home), the tower at the old protestant graveyard where he was burried, all of Valentia Harbour, Knightstown, Cahersiveen, Church Island, Begenish Island, the Dingle Penninsula, and the Blasket Islands! There is also a piece of the original transatlantic cable on display. To add to all that the kitchen of the old living quarters is now a tea room with outstanding coffee and delectable treats! The road isn't great but it's part of the adventure and apparel the County Council plans to restore it! We were lucky enough to see Basking sharks off the point! Not to be missed, a great attraction, well presented!
Written May 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Erika Kalmar
Brussels, Belgium58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Nice place. Stone from bronze age, fort from Cromwell era plus views, lots of info on how a lighthouse is operating and the lighthouse master's living quarters transformed into a small museum. There is also a nice little tea room.
If you're there, also visit the Geokaun mountains and the Skellig Experience Centre and do the Bray Head drive - Valentia island has a lot to offer.
Written May 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

julie9066
Sydney, Australia73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We visited the lighthouse. It was a self guided tour. We enjoyed our visit and reading about how the families survived being lighthouse guardians. It was very interesting. The coastline where it is situated is very scenic but the road into it needs an upgrade. We also found the signs to the lighthouse were not very clear. But overall it is worth a visit.
Written July 29, 2022
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand7,696 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you’ve ever wanted to go up a lighthouse then this is your opportunity to do so.
See how the lighthouse man and his family used to live here in a really good interactive way. Everyone will enjoy this and there’s a cafe there too if you need refreshments and a loo stop.
Written October 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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