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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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  • A fine white ensemble of traditionally rendered white painted buildings fairly typical of Trinity House, this working lighthouse is manned by volunteers, who in exchange for a small fee, will personal...  more »
  • We had no idea that you could visit the lighthouse so it was a pleasant surprise to be offered a tour of St Catherine's. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions asked of him!...  more »
  • A day out with a tour of the lighthouse was great. Very reasonably priced and learnt things about lighthouses that I didn't know!! Very interesting and informative! Well worth the visit  more »
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  • Been living on the Island for about a year and a half, this was our first trip here. The guide, "Bones", was very friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. We went on the tour which was £4 each and well worth it. Bones explained the history of the lighthouse and surrounding area, the site and of course the lighthouse itself, including a trip to the top where you can see the lens close up. It's a fantastic piece of Victorian engineering and well worth a trip. No loos or provisions for food/ drinks but the Buddle Inn is only 10 minutes walk up the hill.
  • Beautiful, peaceful and wonderful walks and views in the area - definitely go if you can.
  • An amazing lighthouse on top of a cliff overlooking the Channel!
  • 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!
  • You just have to go see this iconic lighthouse!