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20th - 21st August 2016


International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend intends to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting our maritime heritage.

Many lighthouses and places of associated interest will be open to the public, and there will be special events at lighthouses and lightvessels both at home and abroad. Trusts and Friends groups will be able to use this day to raise awareness of their work and involvement in the preservation of the history of lightkeeping.

ILHW coincides with International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which was founded by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group with the aim of radio operators transmitting from lighthouses around the globe.  This is coordinated and promoted via see the ILLW List for the latest list of participants.

More details will follow in due course.  If you wish your lighthouse/lightship visitor centre to be included in the list of visitor centres open for the weekend, please let us know so we can publicise your event.

Participating Lighthouses

Please note that opening times vary from lighthouse to lighthouse, and some may not be open all of the time, and that height, age or access restrictions may also be in place, so you are strongly advised to check with the relevant visitor centre in advance to confirm details.

The ALK cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions or last minute changes.


Alderney Lighthouse
Channel Islands

Sunday 21st August

Lighthouse tour from 1pm to 3pm

Tel: 01481 823737


Bidston Lighthouse

Saturday 20th August from 12pm to 4pm. Guided tours available. More details available here

The Wirral Amateur Radio Society will be transmitting from the lighthouse during the weekend. 

Tel: 0151 653 7816

Dungeness Old Lighthouse

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August, 10.30am - 4pm

A pirate weekend will be held to encourage as many people to dress as pirates to climb the Lighthouse to look out  for suitable ships to board for bounty. There will also be a best dressed teddy bear pirate competition on Sunday.


Flamborough Head Lighthouse
East Riding of Yorkshire

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August, 12.00pm - 4pm

Tel: 01262 673769


Happisburgh Lighthouse

Sunday 21st August from 11am - 4pm. Visitors must be at least a metre high to climb the tower, but all welcome to visit the lighthouse.

The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club will be transmitting from the lighthouse during the weekend.

Contact: Carol Palfrey Tel: 01692 650442

Hurst Castle

Sunday 21st August - The Acetylene Room will be openfor tours from 11.00am to 4.30pm.  Access is free of charge but donations towards the ALK Museum Rooms will be very much appreciated.  It is regretted that the Hurst Point Lighthouse will not be open.

The ALK Museum Rooms and the Trinity House Exhibition Rooms will be open on both days but you will need to enter Hurst Castle for that, for which the following charges apply: Adult £4.80, Child £3.00,Concession £4.50,Member of EH and the Friends of Hurst Castle are free of charge.

Travel to Hurst Castle -  Park in the municipal car park [charges apply] at Keyhaven [SO41 0TP]  and then travel by Ferry.  Ferries depart every 20 minutes from 1020  - £6.50 return.  The last ferry back from the Castle is at 1730 but it is advisable to depart around 1700 at the latest.  The alternative is to walk along the shingle spit which is 1½ miles of hard going but, it is free of charge.

A Hurst Point Lighthouse passport stamp is available at the Castle entrance -  Lighthouse Passports are also on sale at the castle entrance.

The Christchurch Amateur Radio Society will be operating from within Hurst Castle on both days as part of ILLW

Leasowe Lighthouse

Sunday 21st August 1pm - 5pm

ALK North West representatives Gordon and Louise Medlicott will be at Leasowe Lighthouse to meet any ALK members who make themselves known.

Lizard Lighthouse

Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st August 11am - 5pm

Tel: 01326 290202 or Email

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August, 10am - 5pm

Tel: 01305 821050


Souter Lighthouse
Tyne and Wear

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5.00pm.

Tel: 0191 529 0909 Email

South Foreland Lighthouse

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August - Lighthouse open for tours from 11.00am -5.30pm.

Tel: 01304 853281 Email

Southwold Lighthouse
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Tel: 01502 724729 Email
Start Point Lighthouse

Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st August 11am - 5pm

Tel: 01803 771802 Email

Withernsea Lighthouse
East Yorkshire

Saturday 20th August 1pm - 5pm and Sunday 21st August 12pm - 4pm

Tel: 01964 614834 Email


Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August - Lighthouse open for tours 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, tours are every half hour.

Booking is essential at busy times.

Tel: 01972 510210

Arbroath Signal Tower

The Signal Tower was the shore station for the light keepers that served on Bell Rock Lighthouse. The museum is open Saturday 20th August 10am-5pm. 

Guided tours of the museum are available on request but please phone the museum in advance to book a tour.

Tel: 01241 435329

Hynish Signal Tower and Skerryvore Museum

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 10.00am - 8.00pm

Tel: 01879 220045 or 01879 220730


Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
Dumfries and Galloway

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August - the lighthouse will be open to climb from 10am to 4pm.

Click here for the latest details of what's happening over the weekend.


Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 11.00am - 4.00pm

Tel: 01346 511022

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 11.00am to 5.30pm.

Tel: 01595 694688 Email


Nash Point Lighthouse
South Glamorgan

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 12.00pm - 5.00pm

Tel: 07850 047721 Email

Porth y Swnt

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 10.00am - 6.00pm

Former optic from Bardsey Lighthouse on display.


South Stack Lighthouse

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 10.30am - 5.00pm

Tel: 01248 752189 Email


Loop Head Lighthouse
Co Clare

Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August from 10am to 6pm. Admission is €5 per adult and €2 per child with a family ticket available for €12. Further details available on

Rathlin West Lighthouse
Co Antrim

Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre will be open Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August.

Managed by RSPB for its seabird colony, this is Northern's Ireland's unique, upside-down, cliff-clinging lighthouse with a red beam, one of three lighthouses  shining out from Rathlin  Island, 6 miles off-shore from Ballycastle, on the north Antrim Causeway Coast. 

Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm) 

Admission FREE RSPB members, £5.00 adult; £2.50 child.  

Travel from ballycastle with  Rathlin Ferry Ltd,  private minibus on the island for 4 mile journey to the west end.


La Corbiere Lighthouse

Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August. Tickets: £15.00 per person (includes donation to RNLI).

Allow up to 3 hours, easy walking, less than a mile, but many steps. Children must be accompanied by an adult, recommended minimum 10 years old.

Pre-booking is essential: Email: Sue Hardy
Tel: 07797 814694 / 01534 863676


Norah Head Lighthouse
New South Wales

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 10.00am and 1.30pm for guided tours. An admission of $5.00 per person applies.

The former Light Keepers Quarters are available for guest accommodation. On the International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend the Quarters are occupied by a local amateur radio group who establish radio contact with other Lighthouses around the world.


Over 70 lighthouses will be open to the public over this weekend.
The Swedish Lighthouse Society's webpage is at

If you would like to visit a Swedish lighthouse/s over the weekend,
contact the Society's founder and chairman, Esbjörn Hillberg
- also a member of the ALK - who will be able to give you further information.


Horton Point Lighthouse
New York

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 11.30am - 4.00pm