We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Worth a visit”

Happisburgh Lighthouse
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. Built in 1791 it was saved as a working light by the local community, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions. The lighthouse is open to the public on occasional Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer. Private visits can also be arranged throughout the year for individuals or groups.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Great bit of history on how lives have been saved on this bleak part of the north norfolk coastline - all from a single light bulb coupled with a clever glass lens. Over two hundred years old. I wish my low energy light bulbs from B&Q lasted that long!

Nearby attractions include the dramatically deteriorating cliff edge, a very nice sandy beach, a lovely dog-free grassy field and picnic area as well as the recently opened owl sanctuary where you can see goats, pigs, ducks hens and especially owls! Would make a good full day out in the summer.

Thank PaulnLiz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (97)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

92 - 96 of 97 reviews

Reviewed April 20, 2014

The only privately owned lighthouse in the country but still operates and has to meet Trinity House standards. When threatened with closure, the local community raised funds to operate it. Its a credit to the volunteers who keep the lighthouse operational and give up their Sundays to open it up to the public. They are so proud and passionate about their lighthouse that it makes any visit a joy with a superb view and talk about the history and running of this superb navigational aid. Go on, support the community and visit the lighthouse, the small admission charge helps to keep the operation funded.

Thank Mantramike2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Wonderfully picturesque Happisburgh lighthouse. Not just a pretty building, but a building harbouring a deadly serious purpose, that of guiding our and other nations' ships safely past the trecherous, restless sandbanks off the coast of Norfolk. A cold purpose wrapped up in the warmest of greetings by the lighthouse staff makes a visit unforgettable. A climb up the steps to the top is especially unforgettable too: the reward is a breathtaking panorama of the delicate coastline and the wide, patchwork vista of Norfolk's rural heritage. Go, see, enjoy!

Gerry D-S
Association of Lighthouse Keepers

1  Thank GerryDS
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Being interested in lighthouses I couldn't pass up the chance to visit Happisburgh Lighthouse while in Norfolk last year.

A beautiful location, this still-working light is the only privately-owned one that is recognised by Trinity House. It used to be one of theirs before a local trust took over responsibility.

You get to meet some of the trust's enthusiastic volunteers when you visit.

Be warned - almost 100 steps to the top and if you get vertigo, the view down from the top of the stairs can be quite scary! Sea view from the top, naturally! <duh>

Lovely to stand inside the lamp room and wonder at the engineering and the physics of light that you see, and the huge glass lens. Very knowledgeable volunteers tell you of its history and its workings and how it's operated today.

You can see how erosion is hitting this part of the Norfolk coast though the lighthouse is well set back from the edge!

A great way to spend a morning or an afternoon on one of their open days. Well worth a visit and some nice souvenirs on sale in the shop too.

1  Thank tighcorrie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Happisburgh lighthouse is everything a lighthouse should be and a real feature on the coastline. If you can get there on one of the open days (most weekends through summer it's run by charity) it has amazing views from the top. If not it's just a lovely place to walk round and take in.

2  Thank VeggieTelford
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Happisburgh Lighthouse also viewed

Happisburgh, Norfolk
North Walsham, Norfolk

Been to Happisburgh Lighthouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing