Friday 20 April 2018

Hook, line and sinker: Lighthouse offers free tours for couples on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day 2018

Sunrise at Hook Lighthouse. Photo by Paul Holmes
Sunrise at Hook Lighthouse. Photo by Paul Holmes
Hook Lighthouse. Photo: Tourism Ireland
Molly Lynch (age 9), Ryan Lynch (age 7) and Ava Lynch (age 6) launching the new tour at the Hook Lighthouse. Picture: Patrick Browne.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Wanna shine a light on your love this Valentine's Day? The world's oldest intact working lighthouse is offering free visits for couples.

Hook Lighthouse, which has been warning ships off the Wexford coast for some 800 years, was voted Ireland's Hidden Gem in our Reader Travel Awards 2018.

This February 14th, couples are invited to climb its 115 steps, taking a tour that now includes hologram figures and access to the previously private Watchroom, for free.

Its the perfect spot for popping a certain question, too.

"We see many proposals take place on the upper balcony and often we have helped a proposer to plan the perfect moment," says manager Ann Waters.

"It's a stunning setting here on the Southeast coast, so it's not surprising really that many couples get engaged here."

Molly Lynch (age 9), Ryan Lynch (age 7) and Ava Lynch (age 6) launching the new tour at the Hook Lighthouse. Picture: Patrick Browne.
Molly Lynch (age 9), Ryan Lynch (age 7) and Ava Lynch (age 6) launching the new tour at the Hook Lighthouse. Picture: Patrick Browne.

Also on offer at the award-winning lighthouse is a sharing platter of a selection of homemade desserts plus two glasses of Prosecco.

You'll need to stump up €10 each for that - but hey, you're worth it. The deal is available at the Lighthouse Café from Saturday, February 10th to Sunday, Feb 18th.

Speaking of proposals,  the lighthouse tower was built by the First Earl of Pembroke, William Marshal, one half of a medieval 'power couple' with Isabel de Clare.

The couple had ten children, five boys and five girls, although there is no hint of there ever being any estrangement between them.

For further details see hookheritage.ie.

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