On the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, The South Foreland Lighthouse is a Victorian decommissioned lighthouse, which during its 142 years of operation, provided a safe passage for ships through the Strait of Dover. It is a site of significant historical importance, having survived two World Wars and been at the forefront of technological and scientific advancements. At this National Trust property, you can take a tour, play games on the lawn or walk along the cliffs to the Fan Bay Shelter and Visitor Centre.

Opening Hours
30th March to 1st April 2024
5th April to 21st July 2024
Friday to Monday

22nd July to 2nd September 2024
6th September to 3rd November 2024
Friday to Monday
Pre booking is not necessary but space is very limited.
Last tour at 5pm.

Free access to lighthouse grounds and tearoom during normal opening hours.
Adult: £6
Child: £3
Family: £15
Grounds: Free.

There are two steps to enter the Lighthouse. The ground floor is accessible and there are stairs with a handrail to other floors. In the grounds, there are loose gravel paths, uneven ground and steep slopes. No access to upper floors of the lighthouse without use of stairs. The Tearoom has removable ramps and an accessible toilet. Visitors who are unable to walk can park in the grounds by prior arrangement.

Allowed in outside areas, guide dogs in all areas.

Dover Priory - 3 miles.

Advisory Notes
Not accessible by car. Park at the White Cliffs of Dover then 2-mile clifftop walk or park at St Margaret’s Bay, 1 mile.

Additional Notes
Borrow a kite for free and family games and activities on the lawn.

Cafe • Toilet • Disabled Toilet • Induction Loop • Picnic Area

Picture Credit: © National Trust.

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