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“Stunning. Just stunning.”
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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Navan, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Stunning. Just stunning.”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Very organised tour. Good price. Great cafe and gift shop. Fab pirate ship on lawn outside for kids. Views will stay with you for life. Gorgeous drive on way to lighthouse. Highlight of trip.

Visited August 2014
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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great for children”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Lots of activities for children. Lots of families enjoying the site. Great views. Scenic drive to the lighthouse but narrow roads

Visited August 2014
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Craigavon, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great afternoon”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This was a great afternoon. The lighthouse was really interesting although I didn't fully understand the guide's accent possibly not helped by the acoustics of the building. The view from the top was fantastic and the whole site was well serviced with cafes, activities for children. Toilet facilities were good although could have been topped up more often with soap and toilet paper but it was very busy when I visited so it was understandable they would run out. The bins were emptied regularly and the place was very user-friendly. The whole area is very scenic and well worth a trip.

Visited August 2014
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Tipperary, Ireland
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24 reviews
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“Excellent tour, great location”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

While the sunshine played a big part, the hook lighthouse experience is well worth the detour. A very knowledgeable local tour guide presented the history of the lighthouse while escorting the group from the ground floor to the viewing balcony. Family friendly, with picnic tables in the lawn area. Local magician, pirate and an appearance by minnie mouse kept all entertained for the afternoon.

Visited August 2014
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Newcastlewest
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“Hook Head Lighthouse”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Only giving this a 3 but on a really clear day with beautiful views this would definitely be a 4. A lovely drive out to the lighthouse, a very good guided tour and a once off experience as this is the oldest lighthouse in the country, in fact the oldest in the world that is still operational. There are a lot of steps (115 I think the guide said) but it is very manageable even carrying a small child. The play area near the cafe is lovely with oversized Jenga, basketball hoop, large Connect 4 and other toys for kids to play with while they wait. Nice little gift shop too.

Visited July 2014
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