Lighthouses to visit
It's not surprising that there several lighthouses in our care, when you consider how much of the coastline we look after. Take a visit to one of these fascinating coastal buildings and discover places of science experiments, world firsts and medieval warning systems.
- Lundy Island Old Lighthouse, Devon
- Visit this wildlife-rich island, which is perfect for taking in the views of the Bristol Channel or enjoying a spot of wildlife watching.Explore a dramatic island
- Souter Lighthouse, Tyne and Wear
- Sitting along the closing stretch of the 13.1-mile race, Souter Lighthouse and The Leas is the ideal base for a day of coastal exploration. The lighthouse once housed one of the most powerful lights in the world.Explore Souter Lighthouse
- South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent
- This Victorian lighthouse was built to warn mariners of shifting sands and guide them through the Straits of Dover. The lighthouse was also used by Marconi to experiment with radio transmission.Visit the first electric lighthouse
- St Catherine's Oratory, Isle of Wight
- St Catherine’s Oratory is often referred to as the finest surviving example of a medieval lighthouse in Britain. Known locally as Pepperpot, in reality, it's more likely to have been a bell tower with a beacon alongside.Discover more about the Pepperpot
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