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South Foreland Lighthouse

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South Foreland Lighthouse

Accessible on foot from the White Cliffs Visitor Centre, South Foreland Lighthouse was a life saving beacon for mariners guiding ships around the treacherous Goodwin Sands.

Built in 1843 this striking Victorian landmark was the site of Faraday's work on electricity and the location for the first international wireless transmission by Marconi in 1898.

Today, you can take a guided tour of the lighthouse, learn all about its famous historical connections and enjoy spectacular cross-Channel views or just relax in the quirky surroundings of Mrs Knott's Tearoom.

Or you could borrow a kite and play games on the lawn!

South Foreland Lighthouse is an ideal place to visit for a family day out.


South Foreland Lighthouse The Front St Margarets Bay Dover CT15 6HP

What you need to know

  • On-site catering and refreshments
  • Family friendly
  • Dog friendly
  • Accepts groups and coach parties
  • Braille