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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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You have to visit the Hook lighthouse if you find yourself in that region. Absolutely stunning scenery, great tour in the oldest working lighthouse in the world, lovely picnic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tereza S
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Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to visit the Hook lighthouse if you find yourself in that region. Absolutely stunning scenery, great tour in the oldest working lighthouse in the world, lovely picnic area with loads of space for kids to run around. Well worth the trip!

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Lenoir, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kind of rainy & windy when we visited but was worth it. This is a lovely spot on the coast with great views.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My first trip to Ireland included a visit here. You really feel that you are on the edge of the ocean with the wind gusting in from the shore. The lighthouse was busy with visitors, families and senior citizens. There is a lady doing paintings on slate....working away in a corner. You can buy her paintings or have a go... More 

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

A visit of the lighthouse is highly recommended. We also enjoyed a walk around the light house, there is stunning views. The cafe provides hot drinks and food.

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Thank ConorFi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful day out with our young family 11 9 7 5 Great guides ! One who played football with Max periodically to keep him entertained! Thank you. A lovely tour encapsulating 800 years of history although the day we chose you're left wondering why they needed a lighthouse in the first place! Clear blue sky's and views for miles... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Last Thursday we went to Hook, I always wanted to do a tour of the Lighthouse. We only had to wait 45 minutes, so we had cappuccinos and scones in the café, which were lovely and bought some Fridge Magnets in the shop. Our tour guide was Noel, he was terrific, the tour was so informative and the history of... More 

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first visit to Hook Lighthouse and it was definitely worth the trip. We were blessed with the weather as the forecast had been very bad, but it remained dry for our visit, if not very windy. Our Tour Guide was very knowledgeable and it turns out her grandfather was the last lighthouse keeper. Managed all the steps... More 

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Thank ElaineCDublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I would highly recommend a trip to hook head/light house for all the family. On this trip we booked a tour of the light house for 2 adults and 1 child (€20 - good value), which are run regularly throughout the day. Our tour guide was Noel, who was very knowledgable, enthusiastic, and you can tell he really loves his... More 

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Kildare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We didn't do the lighthouse tour but the kids had a ball doing clay painting while the adults enjoyed a cuppa in the cafe. Nice shop selling slate paintings which were very impressive and also the usual, slightly pricey, souvenirs. Very pleasant way to pass a couple of hours.

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant location and great tour of the lighthouse. Fantastic for birdwatching and whalewatching as well.

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