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Southwold Lighthouse

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Address: Stradbroke Rd | Centre of The Seaside Resort of Southwold, Southwold, England
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+44 20 7481 6900
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Wed 14:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Southwold Lighthouse stands in the middle of the historic resort of...

Southwold Lighthouse stands in the middle of the historic resort of Southwold, in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. The Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating the East Coast and guides vessels making for Southwold Harbour.


Tours of Southwold Lighthouse are organised by Southwold Millennium Foundation under licence from the Corporation of Trinity House

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Best views from Southwold

On a clear day this has got to be the best views from Southwold and well worth the visit. It's not open all year round and I would recommend that you contact Tourist information... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 February 2017
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

On a clear day this has got to be the best views from Southwold and well worth the visit. It's not open all year round and I would recommend that you contact Tourist information for their opening times. There are many steps to climb and there are restrictions for young children. It's a must do!!

1 Thank Johnthefish
Norwich, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This lighthouse is part and parcel of Southwold and has some history for those wishing to investigate

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

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 some may struggle. We went to the working deck for a further discussion before the very vertical stairs to the lighting area. Views great and... More 

1 Thank Steve A
Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

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 for the unfit, infirm or those with a physical disability.

2 Thank SandzDK
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

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 steps are not too much hard work and you get a great view of the town and surrounding area. Well worth a... More 

1 Thank charlieanderson76
Greater London, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A very interesting visit and a great view of Southwold from the top. The stairs are very narrow and quite steep so access to the top is in small groups where you are given the spiel and then let down again as it would be positively dangerous to cross on the stairs. The last floor is reached by what is... More 

1 Thank Chris M
Brentwood, Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We went up the Lighthouse yesterday with our two kids aged 9 and 6. It was a great way to spend half an hour and our guide Brad was excellent. Views from the top were fabulous and the information was really interesting. Everyone was really friendly including the lady that we bought the tickets from which really made it for... More 

1 Thank ThePimbletts
West Malling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We arrived just as the tour had made it to the top so we raced up the many stairs to join them! If you need to take frequent rest stops I would say this is maybe not for you. It was an enjoyable tour because the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Appropriate for children and adults alike, not too long... More 

1 Thank lindyloo71
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237 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

During the off-season, it is only possible to visit on Sat, Sun and Wed from 2-4pm. I tootled over at about 1.50, only to find that the 2pm tour was already full (folk must have been queuing up much earlier) and I had to buy a ticket for the 2.30 tour. Tours take around 30 mins. They are very informative... More 

1 Thank 92075
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Well worth a visit with a friendly enthusiastic presentation. Lots of history provided and fab views - weather permitting. Must be able to climb stairs. Think the town could make it a local keep fit past time!

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