Ten of the best British lighthouses

Ten of the best British lighthouses
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St Catherine’s Lighthouse
Nr Niton, Isle of Wight

At the southernmost point of the island is St Catherine’s unusual octagonal tower. 40-minute tours are available. Open at weekends and during half term until Nov 2. Adult £4, Conc £3, Child £3. Call 01983 730435 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses. There is also a terrace of holiday cottages onsite, with two-night breaks costing from £504. To book, call 01386 701177 or visit www.ruralretreats.co.uk

Southwold Lighthouse
Southwold, Suffolk
Set in the heart of an idyllic seaside town, a visit to this property is a must. Park at the harbour or pier, where you’ll find plenty of novel attractions.  Little ones might recognise the building from the TV series, Grandpa in My Pocket. Open Weds and weekends until Nov 2. Call 01502 724729 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses

Longstone Lighthouse
Farne Islands, Northumberland
Take a ferry to spot seals (call 01665 721210, visit www.farneislandsboattrips.co.uk) and a trip to the lighthouse. Longstone is famous for Grace Darling’s brave rescue in 1838. Open until end of Oct except Sept 29-Oct 10. Adult £2, Conc £1. Call 01665 721210 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses

Stopes Cottage at Old Higher Lighthouse
Portland Bill, Dorset
This was the original Portland Bill lighthouse, dating back to 1716, and can be rented out to sleep four. Enjoy the views from the circular observatory. Call 01244 352300, visit www.sykescottages.co.uk. Nearby is the visitor centre and Portland Bill lighthouse.  Entry Adult £4, Conc £3. Call 01255 245156 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses

Lizard Lighthouse
Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
This 17th Century lighthouse became the first electrically powered lighthouse in 1924. Take a heritage centre and lighthouse tour: Adult £7, Conc £6, Child £4. Call 01326 290202 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses. There are also six holiday cottages, one of which incorporates the unused west tower of the lighthouse. Call 01326 240333 or visit www.cornishcottages.co.uk

South Stack Lighthouse
Nr Holyhead, Anglesey
One for wildlife fans, as there are plenty of winged wonders to spy from South Stack. Watch razorbills and puffins before touring the engine room and climbing the tower. Plus there’s the South Stack Kitchen Café nearby. Open every day except Fri until the end of September. Adult £5.15, Conc £4. Call 01407 762100 (RSPB shop) or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses

Happisburgh Lighthouse
Between Cromer and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
The only independently operated working lighthouse in the UK, Happisburgh was saved from closure and now runs thanks to volunteers. It was visited by the Queen Mother back in summer 1990 and is still going strong.
 
Don’t miss the last opening days of 2014 – on Aug 24, 25 and 31, from 11am-4pm. Private visits can also be arranged throughout the year. Adult £3, Child £1. Call 01692 650442 or visit www.happisburgh.org/lighthouse

The Old Lighthouse
St Ann’s Head, Pembrokeshire
Set right on the Coastal Path, this five-bedroom property with stunning views sleeps ten; ideal for family holidays, or walkers’ get-togethers. If it all gets a little stormy, there’s always the indoor swimming pool and sauna! Seven nights from £1884, short breaks available in low season. To book, call 01437 772760 or visit www.coastalcottages.co.uk

Nash Point Nr Marcross,
Vale of Glamorgan
The last manned lighthouse in Wales, Nash Point now houses a visitor centre and holiday cottages. Its fog signal is sounded on the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month. Open weekends until end of Oct, Adult £3.50, Child £1.50. Call 01255 245011 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses. Two three-bed lighthouse keepers’ cottages for rent, call 01386 701177 or visit www.ruralretreats.co.uk

Flamborough Head Lighthouse
Nr Bridlington, East Yorkshire

This lighthouse marks the way to the ports of Scarborough and Bridlington, though it has operated unmanned since 1996, and is one of only 72 lighthouses still in use around Britain’s coast today. 
Open every weekend in September. Adult £3.50, Conc £2.50. Call 01262 673769 or visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses

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