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St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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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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  • On 29. Sept. we have visited the St. Catherine`s Lighthouse. This tour was very interesting and the professional guide informed us about technical details, stories about the Lighthouse-ghost and expla...  read more »
  • Fantastic, informative, incredible, a little bit of history, geology, technology and a wonderful tour guide called Bob. Great end to our holiday and a must do if you are visiting the island. Bob we lo...  read more »
  • Having previously visited St Catherine's oratory, which was the original lighthouse we thought we must visit the present. We went on. Guided tour which lasted approx. 40 minutes. It was really interes...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Brilliant i love the Isle of Wight
  • A nice place to relax and task in the views
  • Beautiful place, really peaceful..
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