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South Foreland Lighthouse

| The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
+44 1304 852463
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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| The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
+44 1304 852463
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever I'm sad, my mind travels back to Dover. UK has many beautiful places and this is one of them. It's a long walk to the lighthouse but as you pass through the fields, cold wind 💨, ocean view and the calmness of the countryside,...More

1  Thank Glory P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The walk from The White Cliffs experience to the South Foreland lighthouse gives highly rewarding views for only a modicum of physical effort. In Summer one is greeted and hailed by citizens of the world. At the end is a fascinating tour of the lighthouse...More

1  Thank Vic W
Reviewed 13 November 2017

The guide was very well informed and enthusiastic and probably disappointed that we were unable to take a longer tour. Excellent views from the top and on the walk there and back. Cafe had basic refreshments. Worth going to but leave enough time for the...More

Thank Plattypuss52
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The beautiful lighthouse up on the awesome white cliffs of Dover is so picturesque. After a long walk its great to take a break at the cosy cafe, as well.

Thank Dilek C
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Visited on a lovely sunny late october afternoon and toured this fascinating lighthouse - Interesting and knowledgable guide

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

The lighthouse was lovely to walk around and the Cliffs are nearby. Dogs not allowed inside . Car park is minimal with only a few spots along the narrow road.

Thank MN8888
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Lighthouse - 4/5 stars Tea Rooms - 1/5 stars We paid £3.50 to park by the visitor centre and started this "short walk" to the Lighthouse. I would say it's not for the feint hearted! Walking along the White Cliffs of Dover during Storm Brian...More

Thank ClarehTM
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I walked from Dover along the white cliffs to this lighthouse on a really hot day in August and were very grateful for the refrigerated drinks we could purchase here and the toilet facilities. From afar it looked much prettier than it...More

Thank Azzer F
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

This review is for the Tea Rooms located at the base of the Lighthouse. The ‘selection’ area is very small but it works and much of the produce is homemade. There are two seating areas, both very charming and cosy. The staff are lovely and...More

Thank 138Paul138
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This lovely tea room was a lovely stop during a beautiful walk along the cliffs. We happened to pick a sunny day to visit, making the views even more breath taking. There seemed to be plenty of seats both in and out however we did...More

Thank Fiona-mcgregor
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