South Foreland Lighthouse - National Trust

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


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

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01304 852463

White Cliffs Visitor Centre

01304 202756


01304 205295

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