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Address: | The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
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Fri - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A remote, isolated, pristine-white, solid beacon; a place of innovation and...

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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Lovely and breathtaking

What an incredible place to visit - the views are breathtaking. We were lucky to stay overnight in the NT cottage. Definitely worth the visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've got here after visiting the White Cliffs. It looked quite cool in the distance, but once you get close it looks less as a touristic attraction. I am honestly not sure if you can visit it. Anyways, quite a cool sight. You can order a cab here, but it is quite a hard access to the place and you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an incredible place to visit - the views are breathtaking. We were lucky to stay overnight in the NT cottage. Definitely worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the "White Lighthouse" on 19th Feb 2017. It was magical to say the least..........the stunning white cliffs, the vast sea and then a lovely cup of tea at the Lighthouse. (Mrs Knotts Tea Rooms) Buses run from Canterbury town to (near) the Lighthouse and then a nice gentle safe and pleasant 20 mins walk from the St Margaret's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

South Foreland Lighthouse is as good place to stop an enjoy the sun/view across the Strait of Dover either on your way from Deal/Walmer to Dover or reverse or as turning point if you walk along the Cliffs.

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Thank Arne B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had afternoon tea at the lighthouse after a hike across the cliffs. The staff are adorable, giving you lots of information as well as a lovely slice of cake. Although it's quite pricey it was worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to visit after a refreshing stroll along the cliffs. Not only does this place have an amazing history but you can also get a bite to eat & drink before or midway through your journey.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We followed the signs walked two miles to get there to see it was closed and looked as if there was construction going on. Totally bummed to have made it to see it was closed when the site stated they were open. Beautiful for pictures still a nice experience to see. There are no toilets during the walk up or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting and informative visit to the lighthouse....i have lived in Dover all my life but this was my first time to climb to the top and appreciate the spectacular views followed by tea and cake at Knotts tearoom. Recommended for all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A 2 mile walk along the cliffs to this historic lighthouse. I'd never have thought there would be so much information about a light house. It's a really interesting place. We had a brilliant guide and had a super view from the top! The tea room was delicious and reasonably prices. All the staff were so passionate about what they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

walked here from walmer ,a long trek but well worth it , very friendly staff.the walk to dover is NOT PUSHCHAIR FRIENDLY. we ended up on a very narrow ledge above the port as footpath was not accessible with pushchair so followed a different path. signs do not say that it is not suitable for pushchairs. at a certain point... More 

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