The Old Lighthouse Dungeness

Climb the tower for stunning panoramic views over the English Channel and surrounding countryside.

Dungeness Lighthouse is in fact the second of three lighthouses built on what is one of the biggest shingle peninsulas on the world. The historic Grade II listed building was opened by HRM Prince of Wales in 1904. It went on to survive two world wars before being decommissioned in 1960. The constant shifting of the shingle with the tides on the peninsula means the sea is gradually moving further away, a new modern lighthouse replaced it when it was decommissioned, which has allowed it to be opened up to visitors.

For 56 years the lighthouse provided an important land light to shipping, and now you can climb to the top and see the stunning distant views across the flat Romney Marshland.

This imposing building is almost 46 metres high to the top of the weather vane , 11 metres in diameter and constructed of engineering bricks  with sandstone inner walls. Over 3 million bricks were used to build the structure.

  • Climb the tower for panoramic views over the English Channel and the surrounding countryside. Binoculars are well worth bringing
  • The Lighthouse offers unique and perfect views over the 500 cuspate shingle ridges that have formed the foreland one of  the largest in the world and the greatest example in the UK
  • Learn how a Lighthouse works , and all about the men who used to operate it
  • View the Great Lens and the Sector Light
  • Reward yourself and your family with a certificate of a successful ascent
  • Admire the inspired industrial Victorian architecture of the distinctive black and white Tower, the Landmark of Dungeness

Whilst you are here, enjoy local trails and walks to the beach, the RSPB Nature Reserve and the Lifeboat station. Cottages adapted from old railway carriages are a distinctive and picturesque feature of the area.

Ample free car parking adjacent to site. The Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Dungeness Station is also adjacent if you wish to journey by train.


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