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South Foreland Lighthouse

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Address: | The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
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Fri - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A remote, isolated, pristine-white, solid beacon; a place of innovation and...

A remote, isolated, pristine-white, solid beacon; a place of innovation and scientific firsts, now also a romantic hideaway and big-hearted family haven, the South Foreland lighthouse stands proud atop the White Cliffs of Dover. It surprises and delights with its warmth of welcome and unexpectedly wistful atmosphere, quaint and charming and yet robust and protecting. Like the Knott family of the past, its current keepers, who mostly offer their time for free, are witness to events and show commitment and spirit in manning the light.

Inside the Victorian tower, surprising stories unfold of a unique history that has shaped our world and influenced our travel, our trade, and our industrial and maritime heritage. Outside seemingly endless skies roll away across the English Channel and 21 miles away, the coast of France splits the sky from the sea. Serenity is broken when waves steepen, dark clouds tumble in, the wind lashes and the mouth-watering views are swallowed up. The lighthouse stands its ground and is once again protector, until the calm returns as quickly as it left and butterflies come out of hiding.

Arrival is on foot across the beautiful and yet challenging cliffs, thus the lighthouse attracts the more adventurous. None the less, children’s laughter is all around, and the nostalgia of Mrs Knott’s tearoom attracts all generations, those who come to reflect and those who want to find out more about the traditions of the past. From its post on top of the gateway to Britain, South Foreland Lighthouse watches over their past, their present and their future.

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Stunning views of the English Channel

We visited this National trust property on a sunny day last week.Very friendly lady in the ticket office who guided us to the lighthouse for our tour. Extremely interesting talk... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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New Forest, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this National trust property on a sunny day last week.Very friendly lady in the ticket office who guided us to the lighthouse for our tour. Extremely interesting talk given by a volunteer on each level, stunning views of the English Channel,, Goodwin sands and lots of ferries coming in and out of Dover and we could see the... More 

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Irene, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My son and I (10 years old) waalked for about an hour to reach the Lighthouse, which is still in pristine condition. It is not the biggest or tallest lighthouse I visited but on a clear and sunny day you can see France. Our tour guide was very pleasant and shared interesting facts and stories with us and took extra... More 

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Thank Marika M
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Visited on the 15th and was worth the walk , it was a hot day and made the cream teas more enjoyable, friendly pleasent surroundings and wonderful tea.

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Thank austink3
Dover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth visiting . Lovely views across the channel . Off the beaten track you can drive too if you know the area . Or park at the cliffs and walk along

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Thank Heath19672014
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the 10 miles from Deal to Dover and the lighthouse and café made a welcome stop. The lighthouse is stunning and the café inside very pretty.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We come here every year to visit the lighthouse and stay in St Margarets at Cliffe. My Grandfather was the last serving lighthouse keeper at the South Foreland and many happy months were spent here back in the 1960's. The National Trust has done a marvelous job in looking after this fine monument and it has a great atmosphere. Its... More 

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Thank CharlieO1455
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guides were very knowledgeable and answered a variety of questions. The location is very peaceful with fantastic views across to France. The tea room is furnished traditionally with a good selection of snacks.

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Thank jennyh0rne
Holybourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place. We are booking again for next year. We stayed for three nights. Lovely view out to sea. We got a special one-to-one tour of Lighthouse.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the tour to see how ships were warned away from the deadly rocks before GPS, enjoy the Glenn Miller atmosphere in the cafe, and enjoy the bracing sea views.

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Once you have reached this stunning lighthouse you will be greeted with just as stunning views across the English Channel towards France. The lighthouse is owned and managed by the national trust but if you don't want to enter the building, you can just enjoy the views. The walk back down towards the bay at the bottom can be rewarded... More 

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