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St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton

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St. Catherine's Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouse locations in Great Britain. The first lighthouse was established on St. Catherine's Point in 1323 on the orders of the Pope, after a ship ran aground nearby and its cargo was either lost or plundered. Once part of St. Catherine's Oratory, its octagonal stone tower can still be seen today to the west of Niton at the foot of the Undercliff. It is known locally as the "Pepperpot".The new lighthouse, built by Trinity House in 1838, was constructed as a 40m stone tower; however, its light was often obscured by fog, which led to its height being reduced by 13m in 1875. It has a range of and is the third-most powerful of all the lights maintained by Trinity House. Another tower, built immediately alongside in 1932, houses the now redundant fog signal (discontinued in 1987).Trinity House provides tours of the lighthouse year round.
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  • We had a tour of the lighthouse with a very interesting and knowledgable guide. Only 4 of us on the tour so we could ask lots of questions. Fascinating history and lovely views. Check opening times be...  more »
  • Visited last Sunday. Very good tour with a knowledgeable guide which took about half an hour. Her enthusiasm for the place shone through. Nice, busy pub nearby.  more »
  • It's a light house so don't expect a museum or a spectacle or a place that has fireworks or entertainment for the kids. However, as light houses go, it's good value.  more »
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  • I liked this lighthouse as there was a tour where you could access the lightroom (it makes for a good photo angle, something different!). I didn't mind paying the per person charge as the guide was very passionate about the lighthouse and its history, which was really rather interesting. Bit of a remote site, with no toilets and not totally accessible by vehicles, so be prepared for a walk....there is a pub nearby on the way back tho!
  • Great trip and very friendly, knowledgeable guide.
  • A nice place to relax and task in the views
  • Brilliant i love the Isle of Wight
  • You just have to go see this iconic lighthouse!