Happisburgh Lighthouse, Happisburgh

Built in 1790, orginally one of a pair - the tower is 85ft tall and the lantern is 134ft above sea level. The 'low light' which was discontinued in 1883 was 20ft lower and the pair formed leading lights marking safe passage around the southern end of the treacherous Haisborough Sands.

Today the lighthouse is painted white with three red bands, and has a light charcteristic of Fl (3) W 30s (3 white flashes, repeated every 30secs) with a range of 18 miles.

Saved as a working light by the local community, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions.

The Friends of Happisburgh Lighthouse continued their fund raising work after the formation of the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust and in February 1995 became a separate Registered Charity (No. 1044590) whose aim is to assist the maintenance and preservation of Happisburgh Lighthouse in augmentation of the work carried out by the Trust.

The Friends, through membership subscriptions, running public open days and fundraising events, are a vital source of regular funds to enable the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust to maintain and operate the Lighthouse.

The lighthouse is open to the public on occasional Sundays throughout the summer. Private visits can be arranged throughout the year for individuals or groups for a minimum donation of £30. For more information or confirmation on openings please visit http://www.happisburgh.org/lighthouse/open-days
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  • If your in Norfolk and the light house is open you won't want to miss the climb to the top. Staff very informative about the only Lighthouse run by a trust and not trinity house. Views from the top ar...  more »
  • Great Lighthouse to be able to visit on the Norfolk Coast. Ellie Goulding filmed one of her music videos here  more »
  • This is an iconic landmark that can be seen for miles around. If open, take the opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse the views are worth it and the talk given by the local guides is very ...  more »
  • A great place to visit. Wonderful lighthouse, lots of history to take in and most importantly (if you have small kids) the gift shop is well priced and we'll stocked. 30p for a stick of rock! Bargain for keeping small children occupied while you wait to ascend the lighthouse. Magnificent views as you go up and from the top. Helpful and knowledgeable staff. Combine this with a park and the beach a short walk away makes for a good day out. Check their website for opening times.
  • Nice painted Lighthouse. Small car park with toilets. Limited weekend summertime opening hours. Short walk to the beach. A short walk away is an old WW2 Pill Box. Well recommended for a visit.
  • The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and kind, they also deal with an incredible number of people visiting here at once. Well priced for a family day out and plenty of souvenir options. Mixed with a day at the beach, it is a good place in general to visit. Was sad to see people trampling over the farmer's fields though.
  • Cozy place with usual selection of beers and a couple of their own brewed beer. Food OK.
  • Looks amazing, and a beautiful beach and picnic area nearby. It's one of the only non automated lighthouses in the UK, being run by local people.

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