Happisburgh Lighthouse
Happisburgh Lighthouse
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Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. Built in 1791 it was saved as a working light by the local community, and is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions. The lighthouse is open to the public on occasional Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer. Private visits can also be arranged throughout the year for individuals or groups.
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  • Joanne B
    Lymm, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Happisburgh!
    What a lovely lovely place this is. Incredible views, the most fabulous beach and the gorgeous lighthouse. There is a good car park with facilities and a little café . There is shocking evidence of cliff erosion that is quite sad, but the area is safe and well signposted. The beach is incredible!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Cindy J
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happisburgh, a pleasant find!
    My husband and I were driving up the Norfolk coast to explore the region and saw the lighthouse. Decided to go up the very narrow road to the top, having to stop in many places on the way up on an appropriate verge to let cars passing who were on their way down! Most of the homes on the way up have cordoned their driveways off so one can't get out of the way on them! But we managed to get to the top where we found a lovely carpark, Pay & Display as usual, which also had toilets and benches to sit on & gaze out to the beautiful view over the sea and look up to the lighthouse. One can walk down the sandy walkway to the beach itself, but was too steep sadly for my hubby & I, being in our late seventies. There is also a playground for children and a zipliner. People were swimming in the sea with their dogs too. It was a pleasant find along the coastal road between Great Yarmouth and Cromer.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Jane H
    Galashiels, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit brilliant guides
    We are on holiday close by to the Lighthouse so booked a visit before we travelled. A fantastic welcome and brilliant tour of the lighthouse. It was so Interesting and I could have asked so Many more questions. Julian was a great guide all the guides are volunteers to raise money and keep the lighthouse open and running.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Suzanne N
    Nottingham, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steep climb!
    Stunning lighthouse from both inside and out. Booked on the day and came back later for the climb to the top - this is on Sundays in the holiday season. £5 for an adult. All run by volunteers. Climb up ok but climb down a bit hairy and not for the faint hearted! It was our guide’s first day but she was knowledgeable enough. Little gift shop at the bottom selling reasonably priced bits and pieces. Children get a certificate for completing the climb and there’s a quiz for them to do too. Good views from the top.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
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Robin S
Plymouth, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We returned home early after only 3 nights stay out of 7, due to the disgusting and filthy state of the "cottage".
Every room had cobwebs from floor to ceiling. There was dirt and "fur/hair balls" under every piece of furniture including the beds where black cobwebs hang down from underneath the mattress! There was also dust and dirt behind all the headboards and bedside tables.
The bed linen felt dirty & clammy to touch and there were no mattress covers/protectors on any beds so any sweat (or worse) from past users of the "cottage" would be in the mattress. With this in mind we both tried to sleep in our sleeping bags, which we carry at all times in our car for emergencies, but could not due to thinking of the mess.
It had bathroom rugs on a highly polished wooden floor in the bedrooms? Talk about a H&S risk, twice I slipped and nearly fell over before I gathered them up and threw them under the bed.
The inside of the kitchen cupboards had stains and debris on the shelves and a baking tray in the cupboard still had fat on it! All the kitchen utensils, pots, pans etc. were grubby and looked as if they had just been thrown into the kitchen cupboards in a haphazard way (saucepan in one cupboard and the lid in another). Also there is no empty cupboard for people to use for their own food, tins, boxes etc.
The kitchen tablecloth was filthy in fact everything you touched in the cottage felt dirty & clammy from the door handles, light switches, curtains, TV remote, cushions, tables, leather sofas EVERYTHING!
The toilet was very smelly so we had to use disinfectant on it even before we used it.
We did not use the bath/shower as it was also unclean and the fan in the bathroom makes a racket all the time it is running.
The inner door handle between the lounge and the porch was broken and came away in our hand. It looked as if somebody had tried to fix it using sellotape! In fact the door latch on that door did not work and appears stuck, so the lounge was always cold with the draft from the porch.
The outside was no better, as I walked around the garden when we first got there, I accidentally trod in dog excrement.
We have never been to such a disgusting "cottage" and we have been to many lighthouse cottages around the country.
This is a sad state to let this nice cottage get into as it is in such a great quiet location and it looked as though it was very good at one time as they have awards for it but the date was 2018. There are a lot of DVDs, books, games etc. and it is a great area to walk and relax in. If it had a thorough clean and a little bit of money spent on it (i.e some TLC) then it might be nice again.
Written 23 December 2023
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Fairweather76
Horsham, UK102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Lovely spot for a family day out. The beach is superb, clean and peaceful with lots of room for everyone. We even spotted a seal. No rock pools here though.
Written 26 August 2023
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Roy P
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
WOW! What a visit a beautiful clear day with a great view. A good work out and very enjoyable. Well worth a visit...
Written 24 August 2023
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Suzanne N
Nottingham, UK188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Stunning lighthouse from both inside and out. Booked on the day and came back later for the climb to the top - this is on Sundays in the holiday season. £5 for an adult. All run by volunteers. Climb up ok but climb down a bit hairy and not for the faint hearted! It was our guide’s first day but she was knowledgeable enough. Little gift shop at the bottom selling reasonably priced bits and pieces. Children get a certificate for completing the climb and there’s a quiz for them to do too. Good views from the top.
Written 14 August 2023
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Jane H
Galashiels, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We are on holiday close by to the
Lighthouse so booked a visit before we travelled. A fantastic welcome and brilliant tour of the lighthouse. It was so
Interesting and I could have asked so
Many more questions. Julian was a great guide all the guides are volunteers to raise money and keep the lighthouse open and running.
Written 23 July 2023
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Cindy J
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My husband and I were driving up the Norfolk coast to explore the region and saw the lighthouse. Decided to go up the very narrow road to the top, having to stop in many places on the way up on an appropriate verge to let cars passing who were on their way down! Most of the homes on the way up have cordoned their driveways off so one can't get out of the way on them! But we managed to get to the top where we found a lovely carpark, Pay & Display as usual, which also had toilets and benches to sit on & gaze out to the beautiful view over the sea and look up to the lighthouse. One can walk down the sandy walkway to the beach itself, but was too steep sadly for my hubby & I, being in our late seventies. There is also a playground for children and a zipliner. People were swimming in the sea with their dogs too. It was a pleasant find along the coastal road between Great Yarmouth and Cromer.
Written 16 July 2023
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Joanne B
Lymm, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
What a lovely lovely place this is. Incredible views, the most fabulous beach and the gorgeous lighthouse.
There is a good car park with facilities and a little café . There is shocking evidence of cliff erosion that is quite sad, but the area is safe and well signposted. The beach is incredible!
Written 11 July 2023
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Flyingnelly3
Newquay, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We stayed there in September 2022 the cottage was well equipped, warm and welcoming. we had every thing we needed for a weeks stay. Our bicycles could be stored in the adjacent shed and we had room for visitors cars. Living in the shadow of the working lighthouse made us curious and although the charity had ceased open days for the season we were able to climb up and visit in detail thanks to the kindness of the occupier in cottage no. 1 we made a donation to the charity. There was miles of undisturbed virtual traffic free cycling around the narrow lanes of the Norfolk countryside and no shortage of places to visit. A must is tea and scones at the café in Walcott facing the sea. We hope to return.
Written 5 March 2023
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JTJD
United Kingdom1,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We visited Happisburgh to take a look at the lighthouse which stands in a very photogenic location surrounded by beautiful fields.
Whilst in the village we looked at a site of major sea erosion which was so sad & also concerning.
Our pronunciation of Happisburgh was totally wrong! It’s actually is nothing like it might appear by it’s spelling…this caused some amusement by the locals!
Written 23 January 2023
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YorkshireTerrier73
Huddersfield, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This lighthouse is so iconic, and if you're lucky enough to be nearby when there's an Open Day I strongly recommend you visit it! The stairs up to the top aren't too tricky, but be aware the staircase spirals round the inside of the lighthouse, so if you're not great with heights like that, do what I do and face the wall as you go up and down! it's definitely worth it for the views!

During Open Days there's a little gift shop area at the bottom of the steps inside, and it's all run by the Friends of Happisburgh Lighthouse to raise funds to keep this fantastic lighthouse running!
Written 1 September 2022
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