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South Foreland Lighthouse

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
| The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
+44 1304 852463
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Reviewed 30 January 2019

I love Dover and it's white cliffs and this place is just as lovely. Took a nice walk along the cliffs to get here and it's worth every step. Once there I booked in for a tour and while I waited had a nice cream...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank KentEnglandLife
Reviewed 5 December 2018

This is just an epic location. It is a fair walk around to the Lighthouse but totally worth it. The view the whole way is incredible. Unfortunately we went a little too early and the Lighthouse wasn't open but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves all the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Emma B
Reviewed 3 December 2018

Visited here last month as i wanted to go and see the Tommie's, the food was lovely and the staff and service exceptional , plus all the information given about the exhibitions , i cant wait to come here again

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 667neilm
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

We walked up to this light house from Margaret's beach and it was beautiful, however the lighthouse was under works! Nice place to watch the ferries to and from France.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank apritchy
Reviewed 29 October 2018

great cafe at the bottom of the lighthouse good for a rest after walking from dover along the cliffs

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gary D
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We was lucky to have a beautiful sunny day while we walked on the White Cliffs of Dover towards the lighthouse on arrival we found a lovely cafe which you could get a nice cup of tea with various buns & cakes The Lighthouse as...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank T W F
Reviewed 22 October 2018

I done a guided tour of the Light House.Unfortunately there was scaffolding on the outside of the building and work will not be completed until early next year so people are unable to step outside on to the balcony at the top. Mrs Knotts Tearoom...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MariaEarlsfield
Reviewed 18 October 2018

When I visited the lighthouse was being painted, so was covered in scaffolding. Inside there are some interesting rooms to see and the views over the English channel are spectacular. This is run by the National Trust, so there is a good cafe, though pricey.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Excellent yet really steep walk to see the lighthouse. Beautiful scenery. Wear good walking shoes and take bottle of water. Recommend it to people who enjoy working. It is really steep in places and shattering walk if one is not accustomed to walking

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ivanadaley
Reviewed 8 October 2018

The lighthouse is by guided tour only. It is accessed via a 40-50 minute walk along the White Cliffs from the National Trust car park and Visitor Centre. Interesting tour by a knowledgeable volunteer. Good views across the cliff and the English Channel towards France....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephen T
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8 August 2018|
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Response from Blimp1989 | Reviewed this property |
The lighthouse tour is not accessible in a wheelchair. I am in my late 50's and found the stairs to the top, and down again quite a task ! There is plenty of seating outside so if someone could go into the cafe and bring... More
Samantha H
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No bus back