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“3 x 70 Watt Bulbs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Southwold Lighthouse

Southwold Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Southwold
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Southwold Lighthouse stands in the middle of the historic resort of Southwold, in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. The Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating the East Coast and guides vessels making for Southwold Harbour. Tours of Southwold Lighthouse are organised by Southwold Millennium Foundation under licence from the Corporation of Trinity House
Hayfield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“3 x 70 Watt Bulbs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

Well worth a visit. What is amazing is that you expect to see a huge lamp! Well, no, the light source consists of three 2cm long 70 watt halogen bulbs, the sort you can get from B&Q for a few quid each. The light is, of course concentrated by means of several prisms so it can be seen 30 miles away. If you didn't know the theory behind it, it does actually look like an April Fool joke!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Roland C
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United Kingdom
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127 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Go on a Tour if you get chance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

The Tour is well worth the cost - it is well organised and interesting and the view from the top is, inevitably, lovely.
They don't open it very often so grab it while you can if you happen to be here when visiting - or check out when it is open and make a special trip (usually bank holiday weekends I think)

Visited September 2012
1 Thank HilsEngland
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London, England
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79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Weird! A lighthouse surrounded by houses!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

This was quite interesting, though the views from the top were not as extensive as I had hoped (but then I suppose it isn't that high). The guy who took us to the top was a bit user-unfriendly (he didn't take kindly to young children being up there, which I have some sympathy with. Some parents seemed so desparate to occupy their little ones that they took them here, even though it really isn't aimed at kids in the least.)

Visited August 2012
Thank Snickerbar
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Wigan, Lancashire
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

stunning views and gorgeous beach. The lighthouse situated amongst the houses was unusual and definitely a place a visit. Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and the tour is worth the money.

Visited September 2012
Thank AnneMed
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Northamptonshire, UK
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280 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Well Worth a Visit, but Don't Wear Flip-Flops!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

A nice old-fashioned attraction, run (as far as we could see) by slightly irascible elderly gents. There are 113 steps to the very top. If you wear flip-flops you will be given a good ticking off by the aforementioned elderly gents who may tell you of a lady who fell down stairs, injuries, blood etc. as a result of unsuitable footwear!

Trips to the top are every half an hour. It is possible, I think, to book in advance.

Good views, and fascinating to see the enormous light bulbs which they used to use, and the very tiny ones which they use now.

Visited August 2012
Thank Intrepidity060
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