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Lighthouses
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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What travellers are saying

  • Murray P
    Porirua, New Zealand470 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really interesting multi dimensional site. There is roman history, Norman and later plus the WW history. The tunnel tours gave a great view of what happened during WWII. Could have spent more time exploring but ran out of steam. Very helpful staff!
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Purangipam
    London, UK47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful loved it . Amazing from out to sea. The best way to see them on the ferry crossing. My husband says!
    But also good from The lookout. In Dover .
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Kate
    London, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is a real gem. Whether a member or paying on the door the personalised guided tours are amazing.
    We went in a large educational group made up of a number of families.
    Brian and Rod offered a special tour for the group without being asked if it was possible. All ages were engaged and the volunteers were very flexible and welcoming. It’s great when you can descend with 13 children and still have such a warm reception!
    I’ve been before and the site gets a little more interesting each time with new information.
    I’d recommend this for anyone waking the path as an interesting stop. I’d particularly recommend it to education groups, including home educators. It’s worth joining National Trust for just this and the lighthouse as a home educating group or family.
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • Chris B
    Milton Keynes, UK455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited here on a beautiful morning whilst weekending,in the area.
    Excellent views of the English Channel. Plenty of parking (pay and display)
    Pub also near the beach and beach hut cafe.
    Well worth a trip down to it if in the area.
    Traffic is almost single file in places
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • Carol S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting local museum with history of the area. Highlight was seeing the bronze age boat that was found. Admittance was free.
    Written 10 May 2024
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  • fire-tower
    2,883 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While walking along the trail enjoying the White Cliffs of Dover, the trail leads to the South Foreland Upper Lighthouse. We paid £15 for a family ticket and joined the guided tour. The guide assigned to lead our group looked very serious, but he was very knowledgeable. He explained the history of the lighthouse, the fact that it was the first lighthouse to use an electric light, site chosen for experiments in wireless radio transmissions, etc. he also explained the structure and the mechanics of the lighthouse. The group we were in was also vocal and there were many questions which was answered well. Overall, we enjoyed this guided tour, and the views at the top of the lighthouse.
    Written 10 October 2023
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  • Elaine K
    Dover, UK7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took my three girls (age 10, 8, 3). It was a really great way to spend a few hours in the school holidays. Ticket was £24 but it lasts a year. We will be going back again. Kids were not bored at all. Really engaging, loads to see and do. All the volunteers we spoke to were friendly and you could tell they liked children and showing them the exhibits and how things work. I would say, wear warm clothing if you go on a chilly day as it's in a warehouse type building and some of the exhibits/activities are outside. The official website is really informative - it detailed everything I needed to know before visiting. Be aware, in places the museum is tightly packed with cars, bikes, motorcycles and other vehicles - they would be knocked over if climbed on or banged into. Also note, the miniature train ride is great fun for young children and you buy your tickets in the shop. It was £1 per person for the ride.
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • MLRO777
    London, UK22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place for a nice, quiet walk to the pebbly beach. We saw a shark fish on the way! The man at the guide hut created a little challenge for our kids which they loved. Took 1.5 hrs in total.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • Ann W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous spot for a walk and a picnic. Family friendly and dogs are welcome on leads and its very well kept. However, I would suggest bringing your own food and drink. The cafe is pretty awful, every time we have been they have run out of something, the choice is very limited, quite expensive and frankly not that great. We love both Kearsney and Russell Gardens and have been coming here for over 25 years. Its definitely a must do if you are in the area.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Philip S
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Three Waves beach landscape, designed by Liu Tonkin, with its curving paths, walls and sculptural light standards was an unexpected delight. As a new visitor to Dover, I expected the docks and castle, but hadn't really thought about a beach.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • diane a
    Guildford, UK40 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I prefer Stena Line to be honest, they are more luxurious than P&O & similar prices but I took P&O because it was doing the route I wanted, although they provide a full hot buffet meal included in the price whereas Stena do not, you have to pay extra with Stena, to eat. P&O feel more substandard or inferior to me, the staff made me feel uncomfortable watching what i helped myself to at the buffet, they were closing down for the night & I didn't have much time so why not take what you can eat, it's probably going to get thrown anyway. The cabins have ensuite showers but no TVs unlike Stena
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • Tarn S
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely venue for a small, chilled and enjoyable evening with friends.
    Pizza was amazing and great yo be able to try so many from the menu being a private function.
    Fab choice of ales and ciders - ask for a tester before buying a pint of it tho!!
    Will definitely be going back
    Written 14 April 2024
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