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South Foreland Lighthouse

(Copyright: The National Trust)                       

Accessible on foot from the White Cliffs Visitor Centre, South Foreland Lighthouse was a life saving beacon for mariners guiding ships around the treacherous Goodwin Sands.

                   South-Foreland-Lighthouse-Keepers Desk-David-L
(Lighthouse Keeper's Desk - Copyright: David Lewing)

Built in 1843 this striking Victorian landmark was the site of Faraday's work on electricity and the location for the first international wireless transmission by Marconi in 1898.

                   South-Foreland-Lighthouse-Inside Light/Corvidae
(Inside Light Corvidae - image courtesty of The National Trust)

Today, you can take a guided tour of the lighthouse, learn all about its famous historicalconnections and enjoy spectacular cross Channel views or just relax in the quirky surroundings of Mrs Knott's Tearoom.

(Image courtesy of The National Trust)

Or you could borrow a kite and play games on the lawn!

                    White Cliffs of Dover & South Foreland Lighthouse - Copyright The National Trust
(Copyright: The National Trust)  

South Foreland Lighthouse is an ideal place to visit for a family day out.

                   Mrs-Knotts-tearoom-at South-Foreland-Lighthouse/David-Lewing
(Mrs Knott's Tearoom: The National Trust)

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  • South Foreland Lighthouse, The Front, St Margarets Bay, Dover, Kent CT15 6HP
  •  See location on Google maps.
  • Map reference: TR 361433 Lat: 51.14024 Long: 1.37384
  • By public footpath: 2 miles from the White Cliffs Visitor Centre or 1 mile from St Margaret's. No vehicular access except for visitors with mobility issues.
  • Nearest station : 3 miles (4.8 kms) from Martin Mill station
  • Disabled access to ground floor. Dogs allowed in the grounds.


  •  Drop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
  •  Has steps and no ramp


  •  Steps to the main entrance
  • 1 step to entrance
  •  Handrail by steps


  •  Clear signage
  •  Audible alarm system


  • There are 76 steps in the building.


Telephone: 01304 201066


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