Valentia Lighthouse

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Valentia Lighthouse

Valentia Lighthouse
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Built on the site of a 17th-century fort, Valentia Island Lighthouse on Cromwell Point has stood against sea and invader for hundreds of years. Now, this gleaming white lighthouse on beautiful Valentia Island looks out across some of the most spectacular sights along the Wild Atlantic Way. There’s much to enjoy in a visit to this lighthouse. Take a tour of the lighthouse tower and balcony. Be blown away by the dramatic scenery and big weather! Soak up the stories and the science as you learn about the people and technology that have guided ships safely home from the sea over the years. Valentia Island Lighthouse offers a great day out, fascinating history, inspiring views and a unique insight into island life. Season Opening: 29th March 2019 Season Closing: 27th October 2019
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Jacqueline Rita Skinner
228 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Myself and my husband visited valentia lighthouse recently and enjoyed our visit here. The staff were very friendly and helpful and there was a lot to learn about the lighthouse.
Written 29 September 2021
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Anthea B
7 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Claimed to disabled accessible, which is why we went but it most certainly was not. Mum in a wheelchair could not get in any of the buildings and the pathway to get there was dangerous for a wheelchair and almost impossible to push. She got out of the chair to sit at a table but ended up falling over trying to get back to the chair. Was still charged full price. If disabled DO NOT GO.
Written 6 September 2021
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Ciara
4 contributions
Aug 2021
The lighthouse was quite nice, would be quite enjoyable if free but certainly not worth the 7.50e admission fee for what essentially a quick look into the lighthouse keeper’s home. There seemed to be a lot of staff for very little work & the female guide we spoke to was unable to answer our questions about the history of the outbuildings.
Written 19 August 2021
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Islandlily
Dublin, Ireland22 contributions
Jul 2021
This is an amazing spot- really interesting history, breathtaking views and the Light keeper's house has been done up really well. Well done to all involved in this really important heritage project.
However our visit should have been much better than it was, as it was left down by very poor and uninterested staff.

The ticket guy was rude and monosyllabic. He is clearly bored and hates the job and prefers to look at his phone than have to talk to tourists to give basic info!

The family ticket price was a bit steep we felt personally given no tour or anything.

The site has covid-19 restrictions fair enough so they keep numbers limited in each section but the dark haired female staff member and the guy with curly hair treat visitors like cattle to be moved on. She was so rude telling us to leave rooms before we could even read the information plaques. We asked her a very basic question about one room and she looked at us blankly- she is not local but surely learning a bit about the site should be part of the job? A guy on a walkie talkie was nicer and asked if we had enjoyed the trip.

The coffee shop wasn't open which was disappointing. The toilet needed a bit of a clean- maybe the staff could actually do that?

Why hire staff who are not interested in this job? We have seen this before in some public heritage sites where the staff think the place exists just for a cushy job and they do the absolute bare minimum.

Other attractions we visited locally had such enthusiastic and friendly staff that this place really stood out as the opposite. It is a pity as I am sure there are lots of people who would be really good at working there.

A friend visited it another day and had a similar experience though the coffee shop was open and she said the local lady there was very friendly and nice to them
Written 17 August 2021
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Jill
13 contributions
Jul 2021
Way too overpriced, wasn't worth the money, disappointed with the tour very short as it is a small place they really should look into either adding to it for people to get the value or cutting the price. No COVID measures in place when we visted, toilet needs a good clean. Not very friendly in the ticket office. wont be going again
Written 5 August 2021
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darah2017
Can Tho, Vietnam2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We went to book a family ticket for visiting the lighthouse today - we are 2 adults and 2 children. We were told by a very unfriendly and unhelpful member of staff that family tickets can only be purchased if you have 3 kids! I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard. He wanted to charge us 23 euro for 2 adults and 2 kids, but 2 adults and 3 kids would have been 20 euro! Nonsensical!

We ended up going in without the children as we really wanted to see the lighthouse. The staff inside were very nice and the lighthouse was worth seeing but it is a complete rip off price wise. Management should review the family ticket policy.
Written 10 July 2021
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Dear darah2017, Thank you very much for bringing this up to my attention. I would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by our staff at the entry gate. I have already explained to our new staff members that the family ticket is based on 2 adults and 3 children and anything below that, e.g. 2 adults and 2 children still fall under the same policy as long as it's the best option for our visitors in terms of the admission price. I am glad that you enjoyed the visit after all but I am certainly disappointed that your children were not able to visit as we do have a lot of features destined for children. In this regard, I would really appreciate it if you could contact me directly via email (as listed on our website) to further discuss this matter. Many thanks again for taking the time to give us feedback on your visit.
Written 13 July 2021
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MugeKarasahin
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Very friendly staff, all Covid measures are in place and very clean. Loved the lighthouse and the information provided. Highly recommend!
Written 1 July 2021
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Dear MugeKarasahin, Thank you very much for your kind words. While it is very difficult to ensure our visitors' safety and ensure that they enjoy the experience at the same time, it looks like we have a formula that works. I am very pleased to learn that you had an enjoyable experience and I will make sure to pass your compliments to the staff. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Valentia Lighthouse.
Written 13 July 2021
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Bars1983
6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Lovely helpful staff, very covid aware and clean facilities. Great views and museum interesting too. We had a lovely trip, 4 adults and 3 young kids. Highly recommend it!
Written 29 June 2021
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Dear Bars1983, Thank you very much for your positive review. We worked around the clock during "COVID times" to enhance the experience at the Lighthouse and I am very pleased to learn that our efforts paid off. We are looking forward to welcoming you back with your friends and family!
Written 13 July 2021
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Becky
43 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Absolutely great little trip! You only need 45 mins to see this attraction so if you’re in the area it’s a great spot to visit and sit down for a tea and a cake! The views from the light house are stunning and there are so many little interactive parts to the history of the lighthouse and the families that lived there. When we were there we met Séan, Anne + Mike who worked for the light house they were fantastic and super knowledgeable about the light house and the surrounding area- meeting them really made the experience ! Definitely pop in if you’re visiting Valencia!
Written 19 June 2021
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Dear explorewithbecky, Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience. I am very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your visit to the Lighthouse and I will make sure to pass on your compliments to Séan, Mike, and Anne.
Written 13 July 2021
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Steven
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Jun 2021 • Family
Visited lighthouse in 2020 & entry for family was €15 euro now i was at lighthouse on Thursday entry is €20 euro very expensive & very disappointed won't be back again.steven
Written 12 June 2021
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