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Notice: Bus Service, Sunday 2 August - Due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to run the Sunday Bus Service this week. We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes you. Please contact us on 01304 853281 if you need more information.

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.

Big lighthouse dig

Discover the hidden archaeology of the lighthouse during this summer’s Big Dig. Volunteers from Canterbury Archaeological Trust will be running excavations in the grounds to uncover the hidden history of this wonderful building. Come along and have a look at their progress or join a volunteer trench tour and find out about what's been unearthed.

Sunday bus service

A great way to see a remote place

A great way to see a remote place

Our handy Sunday bus service is now running every Sunday until 6 September, so why not travel in style and pay us a visit?

Time for tea

Have you tried our tearoom? We really think that it's one of the best. All of our cakes and sandwiches are home-made and with loose leaf tea, bone chine cups and chinz wallpaper; you'll think that you've travelled back in time.

  • We're now open everyday, 11-5pm

Volunteering

Thinking about volunteering? Why not get in touch with us, we've got loads of great volunteering opportunities from lighthouse guides to tearoom assistants. Just give us a call on 01304 207326 or e-mail us, to get some more information.

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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