The Old Lighthouse is an Historic Grade 11 building, listed in 1992 by Shepway District Council, recently celebrating its centenary.
Opened with great ceremony by His Royal Majesty the Prince of Wales in 1904 after a 3 year build, it survived two world wars before decommission in 1960. For 56 years it provided a welcome landlight to vessels negotiating the perils of the English Channel. The Lighthouse features in Nickolaus Pevsner's "Buildings of Kent".
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 three million bricks were used to build the structure.
Internally there are a series of mezzanine floors made of slate and supported by steel beams and massive rivets. Each floor is linked by circular concrete stairs which hug the walls and have decorative wrought iron banisters. There are cambered casement viewing windows on all floors.
Due to the forecast of bad weather rain and wind we have decided to CLOSE the lighthouse Monday 26th September to Wednesday 28th December, reopening on Thursday 29th September (and also open on Friday and over the weekend as usual).
The Old Lighthouse is currently open daily throughout September between 10.30 - 15.30 (closing at 16.00).
We are occasionally forced to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions and will update this page accordingly. Please call us directly for latest information on 01797 321300.
From Hastings & Rye
Take the A259 towards New Romney. At the roundabout turn right. After 4 miles turn right onto the B2075 sign posted for Lydd. Immediately after the bridge take left hand fork. Turn left at roundabout onto Dungeness Rd. Continue for 4 miles, turn right into Dungeness and the Old Lighthouse is at the end of the road.
Follow the A259 and turn left at New Romney traffic lights onto the B2071 (Station Rd). At the T junction turn right. Follow the road for 5 miles, past the Pilot Inn. Turn left into Dungeness and the Old Lighthouse is at the end of the road.
Take junction 10 onto the A2070 towards Brenzett & Lydd airport. After 12 miles, turn left at the roundabout & join the A259. After 4 miles turn right onto the B2075 sign posted for Lydd. Immediately after bridge, take left hand fork. Turn left at roundabout onto Dungeness Rd. Continue for 4 miles. Turn right into Dungeness and the Old Lighthouse is at the end of the road.