The Valentia Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the island of Valentia built in 1828. Still in operation, it watches over boats approaching the peninsula and is open to visitors. Great for a family visit that will allow you to discover how a lighthouse works!
The Valentia Lighthouse, also known as “Cromwell Point” is a working lighthouse, which is now owned by the Irish Lighthouse Commissioners.
Originally, the Cromwell Feetwood Fort, a military fort built by Oliver Cromwell in the 16th century, stood there. Consisting of bastions and barracks, the site was partially destroyed and converted into a lighthouse in 1838.
A single caretaker could then take care of the lens. He and his family were then housed in an outbuilding of the lighthouse…
It was then automated in 1947, and is since 2013 open to visitors. On the program, a very well documented exhibition on the history of the Valentia Lighthouse, and the discovery at the top of its automated lens.
The view is magnificent, and will allow you to admire the 100% wild surroundings of Valentia!