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“Difficult to find, but well worth a visit”

St Catherine's Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Niton
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Owner description: A light to warn shipping was first established on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Wight in 1323. Today the distinctive octagonal tower of St.Catherine's Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating in the English Channel and a guide to vessels approaching the Solent. Each tour is approximately 40 minutes. Tours of St Catherine's Lighthouse are operated by Andrew Booth, under licence from The Corporation of Trinity House.
Reviewed June 30, 2013

It took a few attempts, but we found St Catherine's Lighthouse in the end. It is not very well signposted so you do have to persevere. You are not allowed to drive down to the lighthouse as the road is unstable, so you have to park at the top and walk down and this is a pretty long walk and remember you've got to walk back up at the end of the visit so it is not for the faint hearted! There appears to be no formal car park and we just parked on the side of the road. The lighthouse is not open all the time and we were just lucky that we visited when it was open. I would suggest checking out the website - http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/lighthouse_list/st_catherines.html before you visit to make you don't waste your time.

It costs a very reasonable £3.50 for a guided tour of the lighthouse which was excellent and very well informed. The groups are small because you can't get many people in there! Our guide was lovely and took his time to explain everything in great detail. He really made our visit. We went right from the bottom to the top and had plenty of time to look around. The visitor centre is also very good and has lots of information. The views across the English Channel are of course excellent. The weather was lovely when we visited so we had some great views.

A small criticism is that there are no public toilets - this could be a problem if you were not aware of this. There is also no cafe but of course you can take your own food/drink onto the site. Of course there is no disabled access up to the top of the lighthouse.

Well worth a visit, especially for the guided tour.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We parked opposite the Bugle Inn and unfortunately (for us) we walked the wrong way so we walked for miles before reaching the Lighthouse! The guide was very passionate and informative. We rally enjoyed our trip especially the well deserved pint at the Inn afterwards!

Thank Dottypops
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Today We visited this lighthouse, What an interesting visit this was of this old working lighthouse. Set on the southern tip of the Island the volunteer guide gave an excellent and very well informed tour, covering the history and the inner workings of the technology both when manned and after automation. The access is steep and the tarmaced lane is preferable to the footpath. Entrance charges are reasonable and we came away very satisfied and eager to visit more lighthouses in the future. The 3 adjacent lighthouse keepers cottages are available to rent by tourists. Details on the Trinity House web site.

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Loved the inner workings of the lighthouse.
Nothing to dislike. The steps are steep and would be difficult for infirm and those who don't like heights,

1  Thank pogle57London
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

It gives you a look at the life of a lighthouse keeper and the workings of the lighthouse. A fair price

Thank simon m
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