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St Catherine's Lighthouse - Things to Know Before Visiting

St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton, Ventnor PO38 2NF, UK


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About St Catherine's Lighthouse

St Catherine's Lighthouse is a lighthouse located at St Catherine's Point at the southern tip of the Isle of Wight. It was built in response to local need for reliable light to guide shipping, following the shipwreck of the Clarendon. Perched high on St Catherine’s Hill, the Oratory is often quoted as being a fine example of a medieval lighthouse, although it's more likely to have been a bell tower with a beacon alongside.

Attractions Near St Catherine's Lighthouse

Blackgang1.71km from St Catherine's Lighthouse

Blackgang Chine is the oldest amusement park in the United Kingdom, having opened in the 1840s, Set on the cliff tops, with stunning sea-views, and filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds, and exciting rides, you’ll find something for all the family at Blackgang Chine.

St Catherine's Oratory
St Catherine's Oratory2km from St Catherine's Lighthouse

St Catherine’s Oratory, which is situated on St Catherine’s Hill, Isle of Wight, overlooking Chale Bay, is the site of a prehistoric burial mound and a small medieval oratory, or chapel, the west tower of which is thought to have been used as a lighthouse. The 35-foot octagonal tower is Britain’s second oldest lighthouse after Dover’s Roman beacon, and as such, the Pepperpot has overseen much of the island’s history. Its creation, however, tells perhaps its most enlightening tale.

Ventnor Botanic Garden
Ventnor Botanic Garden5.15km from St Catherine's Lighthouse

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Surrounded by the chalk downs of the Ventnor Undercliff, the garden boasts an impressive collection of rare and exotic plants and trees. The garden's unusual climate is more akin to the Mediterranean and enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown.

Appuldurcombe House
Appuldurcombe House6.44km from St Catherine's Lighthouse

A majestic and beautiful manor that sits in lovely gardens designed by Capability Brown. It was built in the 18th century as the seat of the Worsley family, Appuldurcombe was once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight. Admire the delightful east front and stroll peacefully through Lancelot 'Capability Brown's 11 acres of grounds. It is now managed by English Heritage and is open to the public.

Ventnor Beach
Ventnor Beach6.63km from St Catherine's Lighthouse

Ventnor beach is the southernmost holiday beach on the Isle of Wight and is well-loved by locals and visitors alike. The south-facing seafront is sheltered by cliffs and boasts a lovely sand and shingle beach with pubs, cafes, amusements, paddling pool and car park. At low tide, a ridge of rocks appears from beneath the waves making a great place for children to explore, from the middle of the beach a channel has been cleared by fishermen long ago making it a great place to swim as it is free f

Model Village Godshill
Model Village Godshill7.02km from St Catherine's Lighthouse

This beautiful Model Village nestles in the grounds of the Old Vicarage. Set in nearly two acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens this is a real retro find - a quintessentially English visitor attraction. There are two pubs: the "Griffin" – featuring a large griffin-shaped maze and children's playground – and "The Taverners".

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Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
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The Isle of Wight is a ceremonial county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between two and five miles off the coast of Hampshire, from which it is separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland, and chines. The island is part of the historic county of Hampshire. It is designated a UNESCO Bi