Dungeness Old Lighthouse
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
That first lighthouse was replaced with a brick structure just 20 years later. This, in turn, was replaced in 1790 with a much taller lighthouse (116 feet high) with oil fired Argon lanterns. The lighthouse was taken over by Trinity House in 1836, and in 1862 Dungeness became the first electrically powered lighthouse in England.
Unfortunately, electrical engineering at that stage was too inefficient, and the electrical power was replaced by oil-fired lights once more. Expansion of the shingle due to silting meant that a second, low-level light was needed, and this was installed at the end of the 19th century.
A new, taller lighthouse was erected in 1904, to a design by Patrick & Co of London. This, the fourth lighthouse, became known as the Old Lighthouse when a new, automatic light was erected in the 1950s.
The Old Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1960 and has been open to the public ever since as a museum and historic attraction. It is painted a distinctive black and white and is built of over 3 million bricks. It is 46 metres high and 11 metres in diameter.
Aside from its historic interest, the lighthouse offers superb views over the Dungeness shingle, and out across the Channel. An RSPB nature reserve is nearby, and there are numerous walking trails. Beside the lighthouse is the terminus of the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Light Railway.
About Dungeness Old Lighthouse
Address: Romney Marsh, Dungeness, Kent, England, TN29 9NB
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: At the end of the road in Dungeness.
Website: Dungeness Old Lighthouse
Phone: 01797 321300
Photo Credit: Martin Horsfall, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
We've 'tagged' this attraction information to help you find related historic attractions and learn more about major time periods mentioned.
Find other attractions tagged with:
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - 5.2 miles (Family Attraction)
Dymchurch Martello Tower - 7.9 miles (Historic Building)
Fairfield, St Thomas Becket Church - 9.7 miles (Historic Church)
Camber Castle - 10.4 miles (Castle)
Rye Castle Museum - 10.6 miles (Museum)
Rye Art Gallery - 10.6 miles (Museum)
Lamb House - 10.7 miles (Historic Building)
Winchelsea Court Hall Museum - 11.4 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Dungeness Old Lighthouse:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts