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St Catherine's Lighthouse

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Address: Niton, England
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+44 1983 730435

A light to warn shipping was first established on the Southerly tip of the...

A light to warn shipping was first established on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Wight in 1323. Today the distinctive octagonal tower of St.Catherine's Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating in the English Channel and a guide to vessels approaching the Solent.


Each tour is approximately 40 minutes.


Tours of St Catherine's Lighthouse are operated by Andrew Booth, under licence from The Corporation of Trinity House.

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Very informative

We were lucky to get a private tour with a very helpful volunteer guide who gave us an explanation of the history and technical information of this operational lighthouse. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Les W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were lucky to get a private tour with a very helpful volunteer guide who gave us an explanation of the history and technical information of this operational lighthouse. The tour itself was great. The tower is not too high with three levels and at each one we stopped and were given information on what was there. After the tour... More 

Thank Les W
Sandown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Trinity House were very helpful in organising a tour for me and my guests from overseas. The Lighthouse is set in a beautiful location on the Isle of Wight with amazing views. We were met by Andrew at the gate who was very knowledgeable and friendly. He taught us the details of the Lighthouse and it's interesting history. A well... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

A fantastic visit it may not be the C N tower but a must if your on the Island. The views from the top are magnificent.

1 Thank PID363
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

It's really worth visiting lighthouse. Guide told story of the lighthouse very exhaustively. Beautiful views, even on a cloudy day.

Thank milas12a
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A short but very lovely walk down the country lane to where the lighthouse stands. Very useful to have a guide to talk about the lighthouse and Marconi connections. Small fee for the guide. Very steep steps near the top but managable. Worth visiting especially as I have never been in a lighthouse before. Lovely views from the top.

Thank siobhain13_12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Fantastic guides, they kept my 7 year old's attention throughout the tour, she was really enthusiastic about the whole afternoon and told all her friends about it. Very informative tour and relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It was a steep walk to and from the location, make sure you find the tarmac road rather than the footpath if you are unsteady on... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We visited the lighthouse along with friends from Munich in the hope of soaking up some of the rich nautical history this part of the coastline has to offer. I can also speak for the others in our group that it was one of the most enjoyable experiences. Our guide (John) was fantastic, welcoming, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and he also brought... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We visited St. Catherine's midweek before half term and found it very quiet. Our guided tour was very informative and unrushed which allowed us to ask lots of questions. We came away with a great knowledge of this lighthouse and especially about the service in general. As to be expected there are many steps in a lighthouse however my wife... More 

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Sidcup, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were a group of three- two adults, one 11yrd old- and this was an extremely interesting tour. Our guide from Trinity was very knowledgeable and obviously enthusiastic about his job. It's a fairly short lighthouse, so OK for those with mild vertigo and the view from the top is excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Popped over yesterday for the first time in 30 years and it was a real joy. The tour is superbly done by the Brotherhood of Trinity House who look after all the UK's lighthouses. The setting down by Niton is astonishingly beautiful and worth a visit in its own right and has there is a highly regarded pub in the... More 

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