Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum
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Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum

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The restored Old Head Signal Tower was built during the Napoleanic wars in response to the threat of a French invasion. The ground floor hosts an exhibition about the Tower history with a detailed audio visual. The first floor hosts a Lusitania Museum, as this headland is the closest land point to where the ship was torpedoed in 1915. There are stunning panoramic views from the Tower Top. In front of the Signal Tower is the Lusitania Memorial Garden. Here, a 20 metre long bronze wave sculpture reveals the tragic story of the Lusitania, including the fate of every person aboard on 7 May 1915.
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JHMTTL
Woodbine, MD1,583 contributions
Jun 2022
Touring the Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum is a must. My wife and I spent about two hours touring the tower and the memorial. There are restrooms and a snack area. It was heartbreaking to read the stories about the sinking of the Lusitania. It was senseless. I felt saddened examining the artifacts of the passengers that floated ashore.
Written 26 November 2022
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Liz
Saint Ignace, MI6 contributions
Sep 2022
We were so glad that we visited the Lusitania Museum and Signal Tower. It is a small museum but has some very interesting pieces that describe the incident and informs about several of the survivors. Definitely worth the bus ride out to the Kinsale Old Head on a windy, rainy day. We walked through the garden and saw the monument to the people lost but because of the weather didn’t see as much of that as we would have liked. We recommend it strongly.
Written 12 September 2022
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Hi R1t5e - Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Old Head Signal Tower despite the weather.
Written 17 October 2022
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marjorie d
London, UK39 contributions
Aug 2022
I found out so much about this ship and the events surrounding the Lusitania. Heartbreaking and moving, I learnt about the crew and passengers in the newspaper cuttings and exhibits. The memorial garden was beautiful. I spent ages looking at the names on the long circular plaque and the beautiful engravings. Truly worth a visit.
Written 29 August 2022
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Hello, marjorie d - Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review about the Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower. We agree that the Memorial Garden is a special place for reflection on the Lusitania sinking.
Written 17 October 2022
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paddywesthighlandway
Bangor, UK5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Avoid at all costs. Staff are so very rude. I'm 59 years old, felt like a schoolboy. Total shock. Welcome to Co. Cork.
Written 15 August 2022
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Hi paddywesthighlandway - we are very confused, shocked and disappointed by your review. It is quite unclear why you found the experience so terrible. Our staff are regularly complimented on their friendliness and local history knowledge, so your comments are a first for us. We also don't understand the remainder of the review and what was so shocking. Apologies that you did not enjoy your visit.
Written 18 August 2022
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Joanne M
Dublin, Ireland27 contributions
Aug 2022
Do not miss this amazing signal tower visit - with the most remarkable views of the coast like and Old Head of Kinsale. Outstanding craftmanship.
Written 7 August 2022
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Hi Joanne M. Thank you so much for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the stunning views and the craftmanship of the restored Napoleonic Signal Tower.
Written 18 August 2022
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Elizabeth M
11 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Everything was great, but probably the Lusitania artifacts were the most precious items for me here. There was nothing I didn't like. If you really like to try to understand history this will not disappoint. For such a small museum it has a lot of good information. The surrounding area and the memorial garden are also very good. The design of the memorial garden is very good and you can tell a lot of care has gone into the design and the upkeep. I found it genuinely moving to imagine the wreck qnd all the lives lost just a few miles out to the south from here. I really look forward to visiting the upgraded new museum when it's conpleted in a few years time.
Written 6 August 2022
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Hello elizabethmZ9314VH, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of the Old Head Signal Tower & Lusitania Museum. We agree that the Lusitania artefacts are a very important part of our museum. As a local, community initiative a lot of time and hard work has been committed by Volunteers to restore the 200+ year old Signal Tower and create a serene memorial in this remarkable location. The ability to look out to sea to where RMS Lusitania was torpedoed is poignant and thought-provoking. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Museum in a few years. Thank you again for your support.
Written 18 August 2022
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IDDC
Washington DC, DC67 contributions
Jul 2022
We drove out to Old Head and saw the museum and tower so we went in and visited. It's inexpensive for a family and it's worth paying just for the view from the tower. Nice little tea/coffee stand as well. Worth the stop.
Written 20 July 2022
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Hello IDDC, Thank you for taking the time to review the Old Head Signal Tower. We agree that the view from the top of the Tower is extraordinary, and we love our Signal Tower Cafe.
Written 18 August 2022
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Coastman3
Palo Alto, CA1,071 contributions
Jul 2022
Worth a quick visit if you are staying at or playing golf at Old Head, if not and you want to see the dramatic coast of Old Head, this is worth a visit. Very friendly staff and the Lusitania history is interesting but the museum isn't much.
Written 13 July 2022
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Hi Coastman3, thank you for your review. We agree that our staff are friendly and excellent at sharing the fascinating story of RMS Lusitania. Our museum is restricted due to space but contains a number of significant artefacts from the wreckage. We have ambitious plans going forwards to create a larger visitor centre. We would be delighted to welcome you back in a few years when these works are completed.
Written 18 August 2022
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Sal H
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic28 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Stunning views and an interesting exhibition on the fate of the Lusitania.
Certainly worth a visit for the views alone. The extra knowledge imparted here is a great bonus.
Written 5 July 2022
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Hi 946salh, Thank you for visiting the Old Head Signal Tower and for taking the time to leave a review. We really appreciate it and are glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 18 August 2022
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HawaiiSeaDog
Hawaii3,714 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a very scenic place and is well worth a visit for the views alone. For anyone with a shipwreck or Cunard interest a visit is a must.
Written 7 May 2022
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Hello, thank you very much for your review of the Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower and wonderful photographs. We agree that the views around here are hard to beat!
Written 8 May 2022
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