About Us

One of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, a tour of the lighthouse at Cromwell's Point is a must on your visit to the island. Valentia Island Lighthouse tours at Cromwell Point is a community initiative delivered by the Valentia Island Development Company in collaboration with Kerry County Council and the Commissioners of Irish Lights with the support of South Kerry Development Partnership.

Valentia Lighthouse at Cromwell Point is maintained by the Commissioners of Irish Lights and is a harbour light to guide vessels from the sea and lead them through the northern entrance of Valentia Harbour past Harbour Rock.

The site of the Cromwell Point Lighthouse was originally home to a 17th century Cromwellian Fort, which was one of two built on Valentia Island around this time. The outline of the Cromwell Point fort with its bastions and barrack inside its wall can still be easily traced from the air, lying just inside the lighthouse enclosure wall. The fort was maintained after the Restoration and there are various State Paper entries about its repair over the period 1663-1665. It was disestablished in 1669. The first light for Cromwell Point was originally applied for on 30 March 1828 by the Right Honorary Maurice Fitzgerald, Knight of Kerry. Work commenced on the lighthouse ten years later in 1838, the light was first exhibited on 1 February 1841. Since November 1947 the light has been automated.

Originally the lighthouse was staffed by a single keeper, housed with his family on site, however with automation the keeper was withdrawn and a part-time attendant was appointed to look after the station.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland | Cromwell's Point Lighthouse, Valentia Island

Opening hours: Easter - October: Daily 10:30 a.m to 6.00 p.m (Last entry 5:00 pm)

Opening and closing times are subject to change!

Stay safe when visiting our lighthouse! Please follow the instructions of the guides on site.


Cahersiveen – MV Dirona · July 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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Des adresses irlandaise – About Travel · April 4, 2018 at 6:22 pm

[…] tour est faisable en une journée en hors saison et si vous avez le temps visiter Valentia Island […]

An alternative road trip in County Kerry, Ireland | Travel Bookings · July 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm

[…] in itself, with 266-metre Geokaun (parking €5); the Tetrapod Trackway prehistoric footprints; a lighthouse (adult €5, under-12s €2.50); a fascinating heritage centre (€3.50, under-12s free); and […]

My Irish Adventure – Bonanza Road · November 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm

[…] me to all the nearby villages and coastal viewpoints.  We held onto the railing outside Valentia Island’s Lighthouse as wind blew rain sideways, drove (in the rain) up to an artist retreat formed from 1800’s […]

How many of these Irish lighthouses have you been to? - Babylon · November 22, 2019 at 5:26 pm

[…] To organise a tour or to find out more email: lighthouse@valentiaisland.ie or visit their website here  […]

Top Valentia Island Attractions | Kerry, Ireland | The Tales of Tinyboots · February 26, 2020 at 5:27 pm

[…] Admission is €5 for an adult and €2.50 for a child although I recommend checking the website for updated opening hours and […]

An alternate street journey in County Kerry, Eire | Journey - yobvoice.com · December 6, 2020 at 12:58 am

[…] in itself, with 266-metre Geokaun (parking €5); the Tetrapod Trackway prehistoric footprints; a lighthouse (grownup €5, under-12s €2.50); a captivating heritage centre (€three.50, under-12s free); and […]