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South Foreland Lighthouse
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White Cliffs of Dover Private Half-Day Tour from Dover
Ranked #3 of 58 things to do in Dover
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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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

A really good day out for families with young children. The walk is great and very scenic, though a little bit of an effort as some of the gates are locked. The lighthouse is in a spectacular location and when the weather is good is an absolute gem. Activities for the kids over easter was spot on and very well thought out. If you have a few hours to spare and the weather is good you simply must visit.

Thank tedsdad2010
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Great vistin to the Lighthouse and really insightful.... The Tea rooms are great and the views are simply amazing on a clear day

Thank Ryan J
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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 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.

2  Thank karen g
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