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Address: | Hook Head, Fethard On Sea, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 51 397 054
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Hook lighthouse is a striking and must visit attraction. once you have ascended the 115 steps the views across the bay from the top are outstanding. After your visit enter the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Biggleswade, United Kingdom

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hook lighthouse is a striking and must visit attraction. once you have ascended the 115 steps the views across the bay from the top are outstanding. After your visit enter the café and gift shop for memorabilia.

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County Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip to Hook Lighthouse even with the rain and cloud it was still a sight to behold! I trip was definitely made 10 times better by our tour guide Noel (who didn't want a mention but I had to). It is great to see someone who enjoys their job so much, there wasn't a single question... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love visiting Hook lighthouse with visitors from other countries. It's fascinating that it's the oldest operating lighthouse in the world. Not only is the history deep, but the scenery is awe inspiring. I've been here on sunny days and cold, rainy days and it doesn't matter the weather - the sea views are incredible. I want to tour the... More 

Thank Abbygale B
Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the hook lighthouse yesterday Sunday the 12 of march 2017! Took the tour at midday and our tour guide was Jason. Jason explained the history wonderfully and kept our kids interested in what was going on by asking them questions and having a laugh with them. We will be back again at Easter and see you all then,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to pass an hour, breathtaking views, great tour including history of the lighthouse and very friendly & genuine tour guides & staff.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've just been to Hook Lighthouse and were just about to book a tour; my partner needed to use the bathroom, so I stood into the porch out of the wind with my tiny Shihtsu under my arm - we had intended returning her to the car before having lunch in the cafe and embarking on the guided tour, but... More 

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Youghal, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited last Sunday and flecks of foam from the waves was being whipped across the road as we approached. There was good signage on the roads leading to the site and plenty of parking when we got there. Our tour guide Mairead led us into the lighthouse and up the winding steps. A couple of interesting videos provided additional... More 

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you come to this area this is a definite must from an 800year old light house to the amazing views There are tours are the lighthouse which is very interesting. From the light house surrounding views also yeald in lots of history like Loftus House also various ruins . It also holds a small informative museum

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My trip to Hook Lighthouse was just incredible. The landscape over there is gorgeous and so it's the view over the sea. Our tour guide was incredibly nice, funny and friendly to every member of the group. I would highly recommend visiting this place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a beautiful sight to behold, an 800 year old lighthouse sitting as near to the end of Ireland as you could behold. Wild and awesome . This is a spectular sight and must be seen as it is still a working lighthouse.

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