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“Great attraction” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 Thank you for your reviews
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Dublin, Ireland
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“Great attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

Well worth the out of the way drive.
Play area and picnic area in the grounds, basketball net, jenga, connect four, plenty for the kids to do while waiting on the tour.
Tour is every 30 minutes. Nice little cafe and gift shop.
Tour was very interesting and geared for all age groups.
Plenty of steps as you would expect but the view at the top is magnificence.

Visited July 2014
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Derby, UK
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“My happy place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

We have family in Wexford so visit at least a couple of times a year. Hook Head is one of the first places I like to return too... I love it there. It's wild and mysterious in the winter, and a great place to chill out in the summer. I'm delighted this year that there were some games for the children to play with on the lawn outside, including giant Connect 4, skittles and a rugby ball.

Visited July 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“take your time and see the penninsula”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

What a delight to visit! We arrived late in the day and as such were the only people on the final tour and our guide Stephen couldn’t have been more pleasant & helpful. Whilst there are naturally a lot of stairs, they were not a problem as the tour stops at each level. Unfortunately, as it is a working lighthouse, the public cannot go to the very top to see the bulb and the mirrors but there is a smaller lamp which came from a different lighthouse in the bottom floor so you can still see what powers the lamp.

The view from the top is stunning, although you cannot walk 360 degrees around you get to see plenty!

At the weekend there are lots of extra activities to encourage people to spend time there – volleyball in the lawn, face painting, garden games etc… The gates to the car park close at 6pm but there is plenty of parking outside and an open gateway into the grounds so that people can still have some fun!

The place was very clean and the staff were very informative and friendly. There is even free wifi. In our case, we found out about Hook via the Kellogg’s promotions so we only needed to pay for the 2 children making this a very affordable 7 euros.

The journey out also passes other places of interest and it would be easy to spend a full day on this peninsula.

Visited July 2014
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Limerick, Ireland
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“Fantastic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

I had been to Hook lighthouse as a child a "few or so" years ago but I must admit to not remembering much about it . So 3 years ago I brought my own children and it was a fantastic day and last year with 2 more of my childrens friends we returned for what was a beauitful sunny day and where they all really enjoyed themselves. They actually still talk about it. If in doubt go you wont regret it the view from the top will be more than worth it.

Visited August 2013
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Clane, Ireland
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

This a fab morning out.20e for a family ticket which included guided tour of the lighthouse.Fantastic little cafe and great facilities.Bathrooms available and plenty of outer play areas for small kids.For the budget conscious all outer amenities are free and you can visit the outside of the lighthouse and beautiful surrounds for free.Worth a visit.

Visited July 2014
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