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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.

Open days

We're having some volunteer open days so you can find out a bit more about the vacancies we have and what it's like to volunteer with us.

  • 31 January and 4 February, 11-1pm or 2-4pm,
  • or 2 February, 2-4pm and 6-8pm.
  • Meet at South Foreland Lighthouse


Help us tell a great story

Help us tell a great story

Ever thought of volunteering? We are looking for people to help us at the lighthouse and Fan Bay Deep Shelter, If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us, give us a call on 01304 207326. Or you can always email us.

Time for tea

Our tearoom is now closed for winter, we're next open weekends only from Saturday 7 February, 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.