South Foreland Lighthouse - National Trust

South Foreland Lighthouse - National Trust
The Front
St Margaret’s Bay
CT15 6HP

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014





01304 852463

White Cliffs Visitor Centre

01304 202756


01304 205295

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View of the South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent, on a sunny day in August.
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A striking landmark on the White Cliffs of Dover, this historic building was the site of Faraday’s work in pioneering the use of electricity in lighthouses, and was the first to display an electrically powered signal. South Foreland was also used by Marconi for his successful wireless telegraphy experiments in 1898.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Lighthouse: £2.40, child £1.20, family £6. Groups £2, child £1. Large groups can be accommodated, but will be split into smaller tour groups of about 10, so there may be some waiting. No shelter available for more than 30 people.

Guided tours for all visitors. Out-of-hours tours for booked groups only; guided walks to the lighthouse from the White Cliffs visitor centre, Apr–Oct.


  • National Trust

Collection details


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photograph of south foreland lighthouse

Heritage Open Days 2014: South Foreland Lighthouse

  • 13 September 2014 11am-5pm

Enjoy a guided tour of this historic landmark with unrivaled views. South Foreland Lighthouse has a fascinating story to tell: a beacon of safety, guiding ships past the infamous Goodwin Sands: the first lighthouse powered by electricity and the site of the first international radio transmission. Afterwards enjoy tea and home-made cakes in Mrs Knotts, a tearoom with all the charm of a bygone age.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.


photograph of fan bay

Fan Bay Foray

  • 20 September 2014 10:30am-3pm

Discover why Fan Bay was such an important fortification and re-live the stories of the defences now lost. Enjoy an informal walk where our expert will bring history to life, using rarely seen photographs.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.00 per person. Normal admission charges apply. Adult: £5.00, Child: £2.50, Family: £12.50.