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Southwold Lighthouse, Southwold
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Southwold lighthouse is a lighthouse operated by Trinity House in the centre of Southwold in Suffolk, England. It stands on the North Sea coast, acting as a warning light for shipping passing along the east coast and as a guide for vessels navigating to Southwold harbour.The lighthouse, which is a prominent local landmark, was commissioned in 1890, and was automated and electrified in 1938. It survived a fire in its original oil-fired lamp just six days after commissioning and today operates a 150-watt lamp. The main navigation lamp has a range of 24nmi.HistoryConstruction of the lighthouse began in 1887, led by Sir James Douglass, Engineer in Chief of Trinity House. A light was lit on a temporary structure in February 1889 and the lighthouse itself began operating on 3 September 1890. It replaced three lighthouses that had been condemned as a result of serious coastal erosion. The lantern itself was previously used at the Happisburgh low lighthouse but became available when the latter light was demolished.The original light was powered by a six-wick Argand oil burner. Just six days after the light was commissioned there was a fire in the lighthouse with the burner being destroyed. The inexperience of the new lighthouse keepers was blamed for the fire. The burner was replaced with an oil-fired light in 1906 and a petroleum burner in 1923. The light was electrified and automated in 1938. It was converted to battery operation, with the batteries charged using mains electricity, in 2001.
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  • Met by our guide Graham, who was punctual, friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. After a brief discussion the 6 of us climbed the 92 stairs. Note, it is high and the stairs are well maintained but som...  more »
  • guides were delightful and very knowledgeable. Interesting bit of history and of course super views from the top. Stairs to the top are easy, don't let other reviews put you off, but not a good option...  more »
  • I have been coming to Southwold for over 30 years and this is the first time I have ever been up the lighthouse. It was a short and informative tour with an enthusiastic and interesting guide. The 92 ...  more »
  • Grade II listed building nestling cozily amidst local dwellings with a beer named in its honour by the local brewery. 31meters high and beaming with pride.
  • Perched on the east coast of England, the small town of Southwold offers typical seaside merriment with its sandy beach, traditional pier and candy-coloured beach huts. A working lighthouse (open to visitors) stands sentinel, surveying the bay, and the Adnams Brewery, which still operates on the same site after 670 years, wafts early morning hops into the sea air. Plenty of excellent eating and accommodation options range from the smart Swan Hotel, situated on the picturesque market square, to a nearby campsite – all a pebble’s throw from the sea.
  • Good views, very informative. 6-yr old enjoyed it. Took us approx 30 minutes.
  • Certainly worth a trip up. Note: flip flops not allowed.
  • Very good value tour with great views