Longstone Lighthouse visitor centre

Please note that Longstone Lighthouse is currently closed

Sail out to this isolated lighthouse in the rugged Farne Islands, the setting for Grace Darling's famous heroics in 1838

The Longstone Lighthouse, or Outer Farne as it was first called, is situated on Longstone Rock, one of the Outer Staple Islands.

Sail out to this isolated Lighthouse in the beautiful Farne Islands, famous for the daring rescue of survivors of the Forfarshire shipwreck by the Lighthouse Keeper and his daughter, William and Grace Darling, in 1838.

Visitors can view Grace's tiny bedroom from where she spotted nine survivors desperately clinging to the rocks. Despite a raging storm, the Darlings launched the lighthouse boat and rescued the survivors, caring for them in the lighthouse for two days until the storm subsided.

Opening subject to weather conditions and Trinity House's operational requirements.

The Longstone Tour

The Longstone tour includes a 30-min tour (approx) of the inside of the lighthouse, a cruise around the Farne Islands to view the seabirds and the famous Grey Seal colony, with full commentary en-route. Trip lasts approx 2 hours.

Landing/opening of the lighthouse is at the boatman's discretion in line with Health and Safety Regulations.

Tours of Longstone Lighthouse are organised by Golden Gate Boats under licence from the Corporation of Trinity House.

Admission prices

Adults £2.00
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 2 children)
Additional child £1.00
Child (up to 16 years)

Please note minimum height restriction of 1.1 metres tall to climb the tower
Concession £1.00

Longstone Lighthouse Visitor Centre only accepts cash payments.

Please note, Trinity House reserves the right to close for operational reasons at short notice.

Trips to Longstone Lighthouse can be booked with Golden Gate Boat Trips, which depart from Seahouses. Sailings depend upon weather and tide conditions and all landings are made at the boatman's discretion.


Car parking available at Seahouses.

Health & Safety

There are a few rules to ensure you have a safe visit. These include:

  • Children are very welcome, but they must be at least 1.1 metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided
  • wear sensible footwear (eg not flip flops)
  • all visitors (including children) must be able to ascend and descend the stairs unaided

Please read the Health and Safety guidelines before you set off.

Our operator's COVID-19 Risk Assessment is available on request.