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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.

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 Friday to Monday, 11-5pm until the end of October.

Family fun at the lighthouse

Time with family

Time with family

The lighthouse is a great place to visit with your family. You can take a family friendly tour of the lighthouse, fly a kite in the grounds or play games on the lawn.


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.

Our history

Take a walk thought the history of this remarkable building. From beacon to warn sailors of dangerous sands to scientific experiments, the lighthouse has a surprising and interesting past.

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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.