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The first lighthouse to use an electric light

A landmark of the White Cliffs, the Victorian lighthouse was built to warn mariners of shifting sands and guide them through the Strait of Dover. A place of innovation and science, the lighthouse was the first to display an electric light anywhere in the world.

Today you can still enjoy views of the channel to the French coast by climbing all the way to the top. See what it was like to work here and what a lighthouse keeper did while on duty. Wave to ships in the channel and watch the Victorian clockwork mechanism that made the lighthouse flash.

Or for a more relaxing time just borrow a kite from us or play one of our games on the lawn. You can step back in time at Mrs Knott’s Tea-room, in the former lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and remember another world of bone china and proper leaf tea, just as it used to be.

Sunday bus service to the lighthouse

A great way to see a remote place

A great way to see a remote place

From Sunday 1 June you can get to the lighthouse in style on our handy Sunday bus service from the White Cliffs visitor centre.

Summer exhibition

See a free special exhibition by the St Margaret's History Society about the history of the village and its association with the lighthouse. The exhibition includes many old photos of the lighthouse, the keepers and the village as it once was.

  • Free exhibition, open daily from 11am, 27 July -10 August

Our history

Take a walk through the history of this amazing place, from early experiments to scientific innovation, the lighthouse has an interesting story to tell.

Time for tea

Why not pop in for tea at Mrs Knotts tea-room? You can try our homemade cakes, fresh cut sandwiches and proper loose leaf tea, just as it used to be.

Find us on Facebook

Find out all the inside information and latest updates about what's happening at the lighthouse and see loads of lovely photos on our Facebook page.

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