South Foreland Lighthouse
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Site of Marconi's breakthrough radio experiments
South Foreland was the first lighthouse in the world to use an electric light, a light which was powered by a steam-driven magneto and made to flash by the use of a clockwork mechanism.
Though the lighthouse can be visited by way of a footpath from St Margaret's village, I highly recommend a longer walk from the National Trust White Cliffs visitor centre, which takes you along the crest of the famous White Cliffs of Dover. The walk will take roughly 50 minutes (my son and I did it in 40 minutes but we were quite keen and scooting along at a good clip!).
Once you've arrived you can see what life was like for a Victorian lighthouse keeper, visit a tearoom made from a Victorian keeper's cottage, and climb 76 steps to the top of the tower for wonderful views over the English Channel to France, 21 miles away.
About South Foreland Lighthouse
Address: The Front, St Margaret's Bay, St Margarets, Dover, Kent, England, CT15 6HP
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Lighthouse
Location: 1 mile by footpath from St Margarets village or 50 minute walk from the White Cliffs visitor centre
Website: South Foreland Lighthouse
Phone: 01304 852 463
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
White Cliffs of Dover - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
Dover Castle - 2.4 miles (Castle)
Dover Museum - 2.9 miles (Museum)
Roman Painted House - 2.9 miles (Roman Site)
Knights Templar Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
Western Heights - 3.4 miles (Historic Building)
Walmer Castle and Gardens - 4.3 miles (Castle)
Waldershare, All Saints Church - 5 miles (Historic Church)
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