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Review of St Catherine's Lighthouse

St Catherine's Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Niton
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Owner description: A light to warn shipping was first established on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Wight in 1323. Today the distinctive octagonal tower of St.Catherine's Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating in the English Channel and a guide to vessels approaching the Solent. Each tour is approximately 40 minutes. Tours of St Catherine's Lighthouse are operated by Andrew Booth, under licence from The Corporation of Trinity House.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

We visited the lighthouse on 18th July and loved it. The walk from the main road was a little steep but very picturesque. My wife was wearing sandals and had no trouble with the walk to the lighthouse via the fields.
Once there we were greeted by a very friendly volunteer, who then gave us a guided tour of the site and the lighthouse. He was very knowledgeable, interesting and very patient with all the questions fired at him by my two young (7 and 9).
All in all a very enjoyable trip which all the family, young and old enjoyed.
One word of warning, check the days and times the lighthouse is open as it does not open every day and the hours it's open are limited.

Visited July 2013
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth the walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

Beautiful walk down to the Lighthouse. learnt a lot, great views from the top. Real treat to see how it all works. Our guide was great and made all the history come alive.

Visited July 2013
Thank simon1151
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Gorgeous views and lovely walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

You need to walk about 10 mins down hill to the lighthouse, it was nowhere near as hard to find as some people on here are suggesting, although you would struggle with a buggy or if you have limited mobility. The guide was about 30 mins and was very interesting, i think our guide was called ken and he was very friendly and made the tour very interesting. A very reasonable fee for the views and tour.

Visited July 2013
Thank travellingkit_12
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great Place and an "Interesting History"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

Took us a while to find this place. We had a awesome volunteer tour guide named "Mr Owens" . . who explained us what was like living and working in lighthouse back then and also the changes it when through. it was quite funny and interesting . .
I appreciate and thank all the volunteers who kept this place alive and accessible to the public.
Good luck guys. . . .

Visited June 2013
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Woking, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great little piece of history which is still in use today!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

I visited today (30-June) and was shown around by Stephanie, whom I found to be a very interesting and knowledgeable guide.
It was great to learn about why the lighthouse was built all those years ago and how even today with its D-GPS system, it forms an important part of the UK's navigation services.

There is a new visitors room, with plenty of info and lots of postcards/souvenirs available.
There are specific opening times, so if you plan to visit you'll need to check these on their website (link attached to this review).
Entry fees are minimal and given the tour lasted almost an hour, I think it's great value.

Visited June 2013
Thank sdthorne
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