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South Foreland Lighthouse

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| The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
+44 1304 852463
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Very interesting tour

We got a very interesting tour with a couple of the guides. The history is interesting and there... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard M
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Swindon, United Kingdom
A lesson in Victorian history.... wonderful

We parked at the White Cliffs free for NT Members £4 for non members and walked along the Cliff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Retiredkent
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Kent
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We got a very interesting tour with a couple of the guides. The history is interesting and there are some wonderful original features to the lighthouse. Great views from the top are complimented with the lighthouses use by historical luminaries such as Marconi and Faraday....More

Thank Richard M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We parked at the White Cliffs free for NT Members £4 for non members and walked along the Cliff tops with fantastic views all the way, approx 2miles. Sturdy shoes recommended and not for anyone with walking difficulties. The lighthouse itself was excellent with plenty...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very surprising pleasant experience. Not sure what we expected. The tour guide was so friendly and informative and didn't rush us exploring the lighthouse at all. Absolutely wonderful. Really worth exploring this lighthouse.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

As a family we all enjoyed this visit. staff where very friendly and welcoming. overall we had a fab day out and would recommend the Light house to my Friends and family and anyone else who is visiting the East coast

Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We never found this place. The sat nav kept taking us in to roads where it said Residents Only..No Access to lighthouse. We asked 3 locals and they said that the only driving route was down the road with all no access signage. We could...More

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NT_WCSFL, Manager at South Foreland Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

It is a shame that you could not find your way to the Lighthouse. There is no vehicular access to the Lighthouse however if you had contacted us before hand by email or phone we could have accommodated your visit. If you visit our website...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

There were only 2 of us but we had our own guided tour of the lighthouse, which was lovely. Wish I could remember the guy's name, but he showed us all the workings of the lighthouse and talked about the life of the lighthouse keepers...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Walked to the lighthouse as we has already reached Fan Bay tunnels. Took the military road as the cliffs were very wet and muddy. Really interesting tour up to the roof, seeing how the lighthouse worked and learning about it's history. Views from the roof...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We walked from Dover, me, my wife and my 12 year old son, the walk alone was stunning, and the lighthouse was the icing on the cake. We took the tour, which should have lasted around half an hour, but lasted for almost an hour....More

1  Thank Mark F
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We walked here from the National Trust visitor centre. The start of the walk was quite slippery but the surface got better as we got closer. We got into a tour of the lighthouse straight away. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and...More

1  Thank Mr-Howie-2016
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Brought our walk here. This is a NT property, so one can climb to the top of the lighthouse to take in the views. Quite attractive to look at. Cafe here with lots of outdoor seating. Toilets too.

Thank Mark P
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