Valentia Lighthouse
Valentia Lighthouse
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10:00 - 17:30
Monday
10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:00 - 17:30
Saturday
10:00 - 17:30
Sunday
10:00 - 17:30
About
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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  • Susa V
    Pori, Finland59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place but a road from hell
    The lighthouse and the museum were interesting and I can gladly recommend them. We arrived a half an hour before closing time so there was no coffee available anymore and the toilets weren't working because the sea level was so low (or something like that). Luckily we didn't need to go to the toilets. In the yard there were interesting standing stones and a text saying that hundereds of years before the lighthouse the standing stones could be seen from far and guided seamen home. The last bit of the road to the lighthouse is diabolic. Do not try to drive it with a bigger car and absolutely not with a caravan. It is very narrow and steep and has sharp curves. It can only be driven one way at the time so be sure in the begin there is no one driving it towards you. If you have a big car, leave it up to the hill and walk down to the lighthouse.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Bill M
    Warwickshire, United Kingdom181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great piece of Irish heritage where you can step back in history
    Set in the most idyllic of locations, with stunning views out across the Atlantic, this is a must visit when on Valentia. This wonderful piece of Irish heritage has been restored and maintained to its former glory. What I enjoyed was that once inside you could set your own pace to view the informative videos and written displays. Climb the tower and become a lighthouse keeper going back in history. Take time to enjoy the magnificent scenery and the waters that flow around Valentia. With plenty of fresh air in the lungs my next visit was to the cafe where I met Bernie who provided the best Irish welcome. I opted for the apple pie, which was warmed up, and a decaffeinated coffee which hit the spot. This truly is worth a visit for both adults and children alike to drift back in history and let your imagination run wild. My family are visiting the Island later this year and this wonderful museum will be a port of call. Big shout out to Bernie for making me feel so welcome and the very pleasant man on admission’s both great ambassadors for this enterprise.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom823 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth the detour
    Small lighthouse, long detour off of main road, not worth it and not for 7.50 Euro each. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse and stand outside but you are not very high, view ok but not wow. Various bits of information in the different rooms but I am not a fan of the VR film reels.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand6,709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the top of the lighthouse
    If you’ve ever wanted to go up a lighthouse then this is your opportunity to do so. See how the lighthouse man and his family used to live here in a really good interactive way. Everyone will enjoy this and there’s a cafe there too if you need refreshments and a loo stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Sarah
    County Kerry, Ireland4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Beautiful, Full of Life From The Past and History
    I recently visited Valentia lighthouse with a friend. We had planned to visit here since last year and finally got the opportunity when work and weather allowed us. This very well maintained building is a must see, and very affordable to enter. There is a little shop opened during the summer months with a bench outside. I must compliment the very well kept bathroom facilities which exceeded expectations. There is a lot of printed information to enjoy throughout the building to allow visitors to appreciate what an important duty those that worked here had. Also how important this lighthouse was, and the crucial role it played for so many. Stepping into the living quarters was surreal, I could certainly imagine the many winter nights the inhabitants would have spent standing by the fire talking. It felt to me as if the family had just left the breakfast room for a few minutes and I wandered in for a glimpse. It was a little sad, but the experiences of those who lived there were happy ones I'm sure along with some challenges which you will learn about from the old recordings playing. Thank you for adding to our experience on Valentia island, I hope to return with my family.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 November 2023
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Sarah
County Kerry, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I recently visited Valentia lighthouse with a friend. We had planned to visit here since last year and finally got the opportunity when work and weather allowed us.

This very well maintained building is a must see, and very affordable to enter. There is a little shop opened during the summer months with a bench outside. I must compliment the very well kept bathroom facilities which exceeded expectations.

There is a lot of printed information to enjoy throughout the building to allow visitors to appreciate what an important duty those that worked here had. Also how important this lighthouse was, and the crucial role it played for so many.

Stepping into the living quarters was surreal, I could certainly imagine the many winter nights the inhabitants would have spent standing by the fire talking. It felt to me as if the family had just left the breakfast room for a few minutes and I wandered in for a glimpse. It was a little sad, but the experiences of those who lived there were happy ones I'm sure along with some challenges which you will learn about from the old recordings playing.

Thank you for adding to our experience on Valentia island, I hope to return with my family.
Written 10 November 2023
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JZoopa
Dublin, Ireland234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
With so many of Irelands lighthouse stations inaccessible to the public this is a fine example of the lifestyle of a lighthouse keeper

This lighthouse is located close to the slate quary which is also worth visiting

The drive to this is one of adventure up and down to the lighthouse, the small windy road has a steep climb up and to drivers who are a bit nervous have a good look up the hill for traffic coming down as there are not any passing points

The lighthouse tour is not that expensive €7.50 for adults and plenty to keep you interested from historic facts to being able to try your hand at morse code and seeing how lighthouse keepers lived

I particularly enjoyed the video presentation with drone footage which gives some beautiful shots of the location before heading into the lighthouse and climbing the couple of levels to the balcony

While not the highest lighthouse in Ireland it is easy to access

Can’t let this review go without complementing Bernie in the cafe for her hospitality

I would have purchased a lighthouse T-shirt if they were for sale.
Written 10 October 2023
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand6,709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you’ve ever wanted to go up a lighthouse then this is your opportunity to do so.
See how the lighthouse man and his family used to live here in a really good interactive way. Everyone will enjoy this and there’s a cafe there too if you need refreshments and a loo stop.
Written 2 October 2023
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Eithne S
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit....the staff were so helpful and the exhibits so informative. Its like a little gem.....the light housekeepers cottage so authentic, the stories from previous lighthouse keepers so illuminating...well worth a visit!
Written 19 September 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK823 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Small lighthouse, long detour off of main road, not worth it and not for 7.50 Euro each. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse and stand outside but you are not very high, view ok but not wow.
Various bits of information in the different rooms but I am not a fan of the VR film reels.
Written 27 July 2023
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Nearly Norman
Lisburn, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Once we descended the steep road towards the lighthouse and adjoining keeper's house, we were well rewarded with a fascinating insight into the life of a lighthouse keeper and the site's importance. Warm welcome from the ticket office attendant, who was only too happy to give some advice around traversing the rest of the island. Wonderful views from top (only 42 steps) and a great start to the attractions of Valentia!
Written 13 July 2023
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Bill M
Warwickshire, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Set in the most idyllic of locations, with stunning views out across the Atlantic, this is a must visit when on Valentia. This wonderful piece of Irish heritage has been restored and maintained to its former glory. What I enjoyed was that once inside you could set your own pace to view the informative videos and written displays. Climb the tower and become a lighthouse keeper going back in history. Take time to enjoy the magnificent scenery and the waters that flow around Valentia. With plenty of fresh air in the lungs my next visit was to the cafe where I met Bernie who provided the best Irish welcome. I opted for the apple pie, which was warmed up, and a decaffeinated coffee which hit the spot. This truly is worth a visit for both adults and children alike to drift back in history and let your imagination run wild. My family are visiting the Island later this year and this wonderful museum will be a port of call. Big shout out to Bernie for making me feel so welcome and the very pleasant man on admission’s both great ambassadors for this enterprise.
Written 12 July 2023
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Susa V
Pori, Finland59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The lighthouse and the museum were interesting and I can gladly recommend them. We arrived a half an hour before closing time so there was no coffee available anymore and the toilets weren't working because the sea level was so low (or something like that). Luckily we didn't need to go to the toilets.

In the yard there were interesting standing stones and a text saying that hundereds of years before the lighthouse the standing stones could be seen from far and guided seamen home.

The last bit of the road to the lighthouse is diabolic. Do not try to drive it with a bigger car and absolutely not with a caravan. It is very narrow and steep and has sharp curves. It can only be driven one way at the time so be sure in the begin there is no one driving it towards you. If you have a big car, leave it up to the hill and walk down to the lighthouse.
Written 2 July 2023
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Bengnua
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A nice place to visit with a beautiful little museum about the living and work of lightkeepers. The manager and the stuff are very friendly and helpful.
After the visit you should try the applepie or the carrot cake- both are highly recommendable.
Written 21 June 2023
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Tim O
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Visited this lighthouse on the 4th June and must say that I really enjoyed the visit the museum was very interesting also there is a nice coffee shop there and the staff working there are really nice worth a visit
Written 10 June 2023
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