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South Foreland Lighthouse

Striking and historical lighthouse high on The White Cliffs of Dover

St Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent

A man and a child are walking a black-and-white dog through a grassy field towards South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent. The lighthouse is painted white and stands against a grey cloud that's hanging in the sky.

Important notice

South Foreland Lighthouse & Mrs Knotts Tearoom are now closed for the Winter season.

Planning your visit

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South Foreland Lighthouse map 

Take a look at the map of South Foreland Lighthouse and The White Cliffs of Dover to help plan your visit.

South Foreland Lighthouse in Kent seen from a wildflower meadow.
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Things to see and do at South Foreland Lighthouse 

Explore South Foreland Lighthouse on the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Take a guided tour and discover the fascinating stories of this landmark.

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Easter egg hunt at South Foreland Lighthouse 

Enjoy a fun, science-themed adventure around the grounds of South Foreland Lighthouse. Complete the activities then collect your chocolate egg from the shop.

South Foreland Lighthouse at night lit specially for Her Majesty The Queen's platinum jubilee in June 2022
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History of South Foreland Lighthouse 

Discover the long history of South Foreland Lighthouse. Find out what scientific discoveries were made here, and the part it played in the war effort.

Image showing the brilliant white South Foreland Lighthouse illuminate by the early morning sun
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Conserving South Foreland Lighthouse 

Find out what we’ve been doing to conserve South Foreland Lighthouse and ensure that it will continue to look out over the White Cliffs for many years to come.

The interior of Fan Bay Deep Shelter in The White Cliffs of Dover in Kent, showing its arched corrugated steel construction
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Fan Bay Deep Shelter at The White Cliffs of Dover 

Explore Fan Bay Deep Shelter and the sound mirrors in an immersive, hour-long hard-hat and head torch tour with our expert, friendly guides. The deep shelter is now closed for the winter. We look forward to welcoming you again from 29 March 2024.

Visitor with dog at the Northumberland Coast, Northumberland
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Visiting White Cliffs and the Lighthouse with your dog 

The White Cliffs of Dover and South Foreland Lighthouse are two pawprint-rated places. Find out about bringing your dog to the Cliffs and the Lighthouse, and what to watch out for to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

Image of visitor walking along the clifftop at the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent on a sunny day in August
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The White Cliffs of Dover 

Magnificent coastal site overlooking the English Channel

Dover, Kent

Partially open today
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