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“Last stop before America”

Mizen Head Visitor Centre
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$81.86*
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Full-day Private Mizen Head tour from Killarney
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Goleen
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Mizen Head feels like the last point before US. Its a wild and beautiful place. We went there on a calm day and really enjoyed the centre and the landscape. I was amazed to see how many ships were sunk near here in the first world war.
The staff were very helpful and accommodation. To me the main attraction was raw nature. I want to come back on a really stormy day

Thank beethoven2
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Don't leave this part of Ireland without a visit here. Beautiful landscape and a great way to pass away a few hours. Excellent value at €6 per adult and a nice coffee shop to refuel before you leave. I have to mention the staff. We visited the centre and came in contact with 3 ladies and a gentleman over the course of our visit here and they made us feel very welcome. Would highly recommend this place. Just make sure you have warm clothing if your visit outside of the summer months and that you wear comfortable flat shoes.

Thank TipperaryTourist
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

On a rather murky day in West Cork I decided to take a visit out here for something to do. On the way there the weather cleared and by the time we arrived there the sun was shining. The Head is at the most South Westerly point of Ireland and very well sign posted. When you arrive there is a large car park with a small play area outside. It is very near the cliff edge but there are secure fences around so you can let the little ones run around.

The first building you come to is the reception and pay kiosk with a small cafe off to the right. After we paid our admission, which is about 6/7 Euros a head, we went into the indoor exhibition. There are photographs, and a number of different objects which set out the history of the head, the history of the Fastnet Lighthouse and the geography of the area. There are also a number of items that talk about the area being a dangerous place for shipping, including journals about earlier ship wrecks.

You can see the lighthouse from the head and the history of it gives a fascinating insight to the life and times of the light house keeper from the building of the light house til its eventual closure due to electrification. It was interesting that in their spare times the keepers would make ships in bottles etc and turn to other types of modelling and there are examples of this on display. Also in the building is a display about the history of Marconi and how the sub station there was used in creating transatlantic messages.

After looking at this we decided to walk right out to the head itself. To get there you have to walk across a concrete bridge which gives a good view in all directions, including below. Once out on the head there is more information about the history of the light house etc and how Marconi was able to make best use of the facilities there. Once you leave this part of the head you head back over the bridge and walk up 99 steps back towards the main building. As we were walking along here we looked out to sea and noticed a whale swimming merrily away about half a mile off shore. We thought it was a rock at first but when we noticed it left a trail then we realised it was a whale. Not sure which breed, but a whale is a whale is a whale.

We walked back to the cafe for a drink and something to eat. There is a good selection of food available. When we mentioned the whale we were approached by another member of staff who then gave us information about whale watching boat trips from Union Hall. Unfortunately we were not able to do this due to the ongoing inclement weather.

In summary, we went her thinking we would pass an hour or so. However, we were pleasantly surprised. Mizen Head is a great place to visit. The attraction has something for everyone and has some breathtaking views of the area. Seeing the whale was a real bonus for us and it is definitely a place I would visit again if I'm in the area.

5  Thank helenandpaul13
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

This was our second visit to Mizen Head, and well worth the return. We had amazing weather and the views were spectacular. We totally agree with the previous reviews. A do not miss site.

Thank PVDVermont
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

good exercise, lots of walking, some up and down but do-able for most. I took it slowly and it! was well worth it....the sea, the breeze, the views, the history...everything was LOVELY.

Thank BagsRpacked4Ireland
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