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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.


Ever thought of volunteering? We're looking for some more willing hands to help our friendly team here; from taking guided tours to helping in the shop. We have lots of opportunities available, so why not get in touch?

  • Give us a call on 01304 853281 or you cal always e-mail us

New Year's Day

Take a winter walk

Take a winter walk

We're open on New Year's Day, so why not come for a tour of the lighthouse or just pop into Mrs Knotts for tea, there's even a bus running if you don't fancy walking.

Time for tea

Our tearoom is now closed for the winter, we're next open specially on New Year's day, so if you fancy a cuppa, why not come and see us then?

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.

Step into history

Discover the history of the lighthouse, from early beacon guiding mariners through the Strait of Dover, to a place of science and innovation.