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South Foreland Lighthouse, Dover

St Margaret's at Cliffe, Dover, Kent CT15, UK, Saint Margaret's at Cliffe, United Kingdom


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The first lighthouse to use an electric light

A landmark of the White Cliffs, the Victorian lighthouse was built to warn mariners of shifting sands and guide them through the Strait of Dover. A place of innovation and science, the lighthouse was the first to display an electric light anywhere in the world.

Today you can still enjoy views of the channel to the French coast by climbing all the way to the top. See what it was like to work here and what a lighthouse keeper did while on duty. Wave to ships in the channel and watch the Victorian clockwork mechanism that made the lighthouse flash.

Or for a more relaxing time just borrow a kite from us or play one of our games on the lawn. You can step back in time at Mrs Knott’s Tea-room, in the former lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and remember another world of bone china and proper leaf tea, just as it used to be. (© NationalTrust)

It's great to walk along the path on the cliff. Great to visit Bay Hill (see other spot)
be care to the cliffs
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  • Transparent Visitor center: No access for cars. Parking at The White Cliffs of Dover (National Trust), then walk along clifftops to lighthouse (2 miles) or at St Margaret's bay (1 mile) All visits to the lighthouse are by guided tour which start regularly through the day. Tours last 30 minutes, last tour leaves at 5pm. No booking is necessary. Dogs welcome in the grounds. Dog loops and outside seating are available at the tearoom Small shop selling items of local interest, cold drinks and ice creams Mobility parking - please contact the property before your visit southforeland@nationaltrust.org.uk

  • Transparent Phone Number: +441304852463

  • Transparent Opening Hours: See the website as change often

  • Transparent Entrance Fee: Adult 6£, Child 3£, Family 15£
  • Transparent Parking: yes