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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.

See the work we're doing on a scaffold tour

Taking in the views at our biggest ever conservation project

Taking in the views at our biggest ever conservation project

Discover the work we're doing to care for the lighthouse and get an amazing view on our special scaffolding tours.

The big repaint

Climbing to the top, the scaffolding at the lighthouse

This year we'll be doing our biggest ever conservation project at the lighthouse. We will be removing all of the old paint before then applying a new breathable paint to help protect the building for years to come, but don't worry we're still open as usual.

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.