Lighthouse Tour

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£15.50

Enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of the Southwold Lighthouse. Led by an experienced Tour Guide, you will look behind the scenes and learn the history of this landmark building. Measuring 31 metres in height, visitors can climb t... Read more


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Description

Enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of the Southwold Lighthouse. Led by an experienced Tour Guide, you will look behind the scenes and learn the history of this landmark building. Measuring 31 metres in height, visitors can climb the 113 steps to the top. Southwold Lighthouse is still a vital working lighthouse for vessels navigating into Southwold Harbour and as a coastal mark for passing ships.

This fun and informative experience starts at the Adnams Tours Centre and lasts about 50 minutes, you will receive a 10% discount voucher to use in our retail stores at the end of your tour.

The Lighthouse Tour departs from the Adnams Tours Centre, located in The Swan Courtyard, on Market Place, Southwold IP18 6EG – accessed through the archway adjacent to The Swan entrance.

Suitability for Children and what to expect.

Children are welcome on a Lighthouse Tour. We are keen for children to enjoy the experience, but they always remain the responsibility of parents and guardians. To undertake the tour, children must be:

  • At least 7 years old
  • A minimum of 1.1 meters in height
  • A maximum of two children per responsible adult.

A Lighthouse Tour is a strenuous experience lasting just under an hour. Children must be physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves, unaided.

Under no circumstances can children or babies be carried up and down the staircases. This includes the use of baby carriers, papooses, etc. All instructions given by the Tour Guide must be adhered to and we reserve the right to stop a tour or ask guests to leave a tour, given the risks associated with the tour.

The Tour includes a Health & Safety Briefing, a talk on the history of Trinity House and Southwold Lighthouse, a climb of 113 steps including a steep ladder at the top, and time to enjoy the view. Children will also receive a voucher for a soft drink from The Sole Bay Inn.

Important Information, please share with your group:

  • This experience is suitable for those at least 1.1 metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircase by themselves, unaided.
  • Unfortunately, the lighthouse experience is not suitable for those with restricted mobility.
  • Anyone suffering from vertigo, heart, or respiratory conditions is advised not to undertake the tour.
  • Guests agree to wear sensible shoes. They must wear fully enclosed flat-soled footwear (no stilettoes, high heels, flip flops, sandals, or bare feet).
  • Guests will wear the hi-vis vest we supply; remain within the designated walkways and under the direct supervision of their Tour Guide for the duration of the visit.
  • There is a zero-alcohol policy for guests participating in the Lighthouse Tour. Those participating in a Brewery or Distillery Tour on the same day as a Lighthouse Tour should ensure the Lighthouse Tour is booked before the Brewery/Distillery Tour. 
  • Adnams Tours are subject to a minimum attendance policy. Should this affect your booking, we will contact you directly and we will endeavour to move you to an alternative and viable tour where possible.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the lighthouse.

Private Lighthouse & Sunrise Tours:

Can’t see enough spaces online for your group? Don’t worry, we can offer bespoke Lighthouse Tours, including Sunrise Tours that can accommodate up to 12 participants. If you’re looking for a unique experience in Southwold to celebrate a special occasion or to entertain clients and guests, please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Contact the team, 01502 727225 or tours@adnams.co.uk for more details.

Educational Lighthouse Tours 

Southwold Lighthouse has been a local landmark since 1887. Still operational and with a long maritime history, it makes an interesting destination for educational trips. If you are with a school or youth organisation and would like to arrange a visit, please get in touch to discuss your requirements. We can offer private educational trips during the week, for £8 per child, and concessions for teachers and leaders. Contact the team, 01502 727225 or tours@adnams.co.uk for more details.

Please click here to view our Lighthouse Tours Terms and Conditions.

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Reviewed by Stephen S.
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Brilliant way to See in The Summer Solstice

Fantastic. Everything was organised safely and professionally. Marvellous views and a complete run down of what we were seeing by our guide Julia (5 out of 5 for excellence). Well worth getting up at 3.30am for!

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Southwold Lighthouse Tour

A really interesting tour with a well informed and communicative guide.

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Reviewed by Jill W.
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Brilliant!

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Our Guide Mike was very informative and we learnt some new information about Southwold as well as about the history of the lighthouse and Trinity House who are responsible for our lighthouses. I’d been a bit nervous beforehand about managing the stairs (I have a bit of a stair phobia) but they were actually very easy to negotiate, both up and down. Definitely worth doing.

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Reviewed by Rob J.
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Top of World Tour - Southwold Lighthouse

As Grandson & Great Grandson of Southwold Wartime Mayors Fredrick & Barrett Jenkins, coupled with many many long summer holidays spent at Pier Avenue & Tynewold beach front, there is not much I’ve not learnt or know about Southwold. However Julia’s Tour of the Southwold Lighthouse was out of this world - not only was she inclusive and fully engaging, actively including my 10 year old son throughout the tour, but she was also hugely knowledgeable on not only the history of this hugely significant landmark but also the surrounding Southwold and wider Suffolk region. Although I’ve NEVER ascended the 113 steps of the Lighthouse in my 50 years of visiting Southwold, I’m delighted that I attended this tour with Julia, enriching myself and my son’s understanding of this monumental and critical landmark. Thanks and Regards Rob & Dylan Jenkins

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Lighthouse tour

The lighthouse was well worth a visit. We had a brilliant guide, Julia, who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Great view from the top. Highly recommend

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