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South Foreland Lighthouse

| The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
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A remote, isolated, pristine-white, solid beacon; a place of innovation and scientific firsts, now also a romantic hideaway and big-hearted family haven, the South Foreland lighthouse stands proud atop the White Cliffs of Dover. It surprises and delights with its warmth of welcome and unexpectedly wistful atmosphere, quaint and charming and yet robust and protecting. Like the Knott family of the past, its current keepers, who mostly offer their time for free, are witness to events and show commitment and spirit in manning the light. Inside the Victorian tower, surprising stories unfold of a unique history that has shaped our world and influenced our travel, our trade, and our industrial and maritime heritage. Outside seemingly endless skies roll away across the English Channel and 21 miles away, the coast of France splits the sky from the sea. Serenity is broken when waves steepen, dark clouds tumble in, the wind lashes and the mouth-watering views are swallowed up. The lighthouse stands its ground and is once again protector, until the calm returns as quickly as it left and butterflies come out of hiding. Arrival is on foot across the beautiful and yet challenging cliffs, thus the lighthouse attracts the more adventurous. None the less, children’s laughter is all around, and the nostalgia of Mrs Knott’s tearoom attracts all generations, those who come to reflect and those who want to find out more about the traditions of the past. From its post on top of the gateway to Britain, South Foreland Lighthouse watches over their past, their present and their future.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6HP, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After walking from the visitors centre to the Far Bay Shelter tunnels, then onto the South Foreland Lighthouse. We had a guided tour and what a wonderful knowledgeable guide we had who talked us around the lighthouse and explained the history.... well worth experiencing and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent little cafe to either eatin or out ,depending on the weather. Always a large selection of cakes and sandwiches.

Thank markmiller29
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an enjoyable walk up to the Lighthouse from St Margaret at Cliffe. Wonderful views of the Channel. We had tea and cake in the courtyard in pretty China cups listening to Vera Lynn. They also do sandwiches, pastries & soup. There are picnic...More

Thank 732kent2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was defo worth the long walk along the white cliffs of Dover , two mile walk from car park. Stunning Victorian lighthouse. It's a guided tour which is really interesting and my son lived the views from the top. There is a tea room...More

Thank 72mechelle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

South Foreland lighthouse is definitely worth a visit, you'll be surprised at the history and facts , the guides are very knowledgeable and very willing to make your visit worthwhile. The tea room is a delight.

Thank Alison C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked all the way over from the White Cliffs visitor center, several miles, where there was a nice tea room and the lighthouse to explore.

Thank dorights
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A perfect visitor experience in every respect. The National Trust car park is easily reached and huge so parking is not a problem. The views of the docks are superb. A walk of just over 2 miles will take you along the White Cliffs to...More

Thank R6540LQinfo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to have tea and cakes. We also had the soup which was very tasty. Be ready to queue as it is very busy on sunny days. The interior is also amazingly decorated. Lovely inside and out.

Thank carolmp63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a calm and charming place at the end of the hike on the white cliff. A small cafe and places to sit are availalble. Good view on a clear day

Thank Priyanka G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Excellent tea room. Park at the entrance to the White Cliffs and walk the cliff top or drive to the entrance of the lighthouse and walk the other route. Take some chairs and just sit and watch the world go by....More

Thank Crochet1956
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