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South Foreland Lighthouse

South Foreland Lighthouse Saint Margaret's Bay, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Dover CT15 5NA, UK


About South Foreland Lighthouse

South Foreland Lighthouse is a Victorian lighthouse on the South Foreland in St. Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent, England, used to warn ships approaching the nearby Goodwin Sands. Built-in 1843, it went out of service in 1988 and is currently owned by the National Trust. It is notable as having been the first lighthouse to use an electric light, and was the site chosen by Guglielmo Marconi for his pioneering experiments in wireless radio transmissions.

Attractions near South Foreland Lighthouse

Fan Bay Deep Shelter0.87km from South Foreland Lighthouse

Fan Bay Deep Shelter is a unique adventure into the White Cliffs of Dover. Recently opened to the public the tunnels were constructed in 1940/41 as accommodation for the gun battery above. The tour also includes a chance to see the First World War Sound Mirrors up close and find out more about them.

Dover Castle3.57km from South Foreland Lighthouse

A majestic castle in Dover, Kent, England. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. Step inside the Great Tower and discover the grandeur of Henry II’s medieval palace. Explore vividly-recreated rooms filled with colorful furnishings and imagine the world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition. Make sure to climb to the rooftop for unmissable views across the English Channel.

Dover Museum4.4km from South Foreland Lighthouse

Dover Museum is the largest and most varied museum in White Cliffs Country, has a range of fascinating objects, models and original pictures showing the history and archaeology of Dover within its four gallery spaces. The award-winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery has interactive exhibits cokputers and microscopes.  Regular family days and events are held throughout the year.

Western Heights Of Dover4.84km from South Foreland Lighthouse

Western Heights is an elongated hill that overlooks the Dour valley, the port of Dover and English Channel. The Romans built a lighthouse on the site no later than the second century AD and also constructed similar structures on the hill to the east  and at Tour d'Odre in Boulogne.  They comprise a series of forts, strong points and ditches, designed to protect the country from invasion.

Walmer Castle and Gardens6.96km from South Foreland Lighthouse

Walmer Castle is an artillery fort originally constructed by Henry VIII in Walmer.  You can explore over eight acres of award-winning gardens, situated in the grounds of a picturesque coastal castle with a fascinating history. Walmer Castle was once a Tudor artillery fortress that became a stately home for the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, including the Iron Duke of Wellington.

Samphire Hoe8.11km from South Foreland Lighthouse

Samphire Hoe, the nature reserve of Eurotunnel located between Folkestone and Dover in Kent, is a place for both wildlife to thrive and people to enjoy. The park was created by using 4.9 million cubic meters of chalk marl from the Channel Tunnel excavations and is found at the bottom of a section of the White Cliffs of Dover. The site is owned by Getlink, and managed by the White Cliffs Countryside Project.

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Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west, and East Sussex to the south-west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.