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“A nice walk”

South Foreland Lighthouse
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Private Tour: White Cliffs of Dover Guided Tour including South Foreland Walk
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Private Shore Excursion: White Cliffs of Dover Half-Day Tour from Dover
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Private Tour: White Cliffs of Dover Day Tour with Leeds Castle Guided Tour
Ranked #3 of 56 things to do in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 20 February 2014

You cannot drive to the lighthouse so you either walk from the village or from the national trust white cliffs car park. A very nice tea room was open with home made cakes, very nice. But unfortunately the lighthouse didn't open until March so we wren table to go up. Brilliant views.

1  Thank Ann H
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

The actual lighthouse was closed when we visited as it was off season, but after a 3 mile walk across the while cliffs, the tea room in the light house was a welcome pit stop. Recreated 1940s style, friendly staff and proper tea in proper cups, was a welcome relief after the windswept and rainy walk!

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Helpful guides will take you round this historic lighthouse and show you the workings of this marvellous old building.

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

The lighthouse offers a lovely tearoom at the end of a breezy but breathtaking walk across the white cliffs from Dover.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We loved the walk along the cliffs, despite the crazy wind, and would happily do it again. The lighthouse itself, however, is a bit odd and not really that interesting to look at. We decided not to do the tour because it was quite expensive given the uninteresting exterior. Perhaps inside it's fascinating but the outside just didn't convince us!

1  Thank PszczolkaM
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