Updated 1st September 2021. We are currently closed - Keeping visitors and guides safe is our top priority. In light of recent Government advice around coronavirus, we have made the decision to close our visitor centre doors until further notice.

We encourage everyone to follow the Government’s guidelines to keep each other safe and well. We hope that in the coming months we will be able to welcome you to our visitor centres once again.

Southwold Lighthouse visitor centre

Tours of Southwold Lighthouse are organised by Southwold Millennium Foundation under licence from the Corporation of Trinity House

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.

Admission prices

Adults £4.50
Children (age 16 & under)

Please note minimum height restriction of 1.1 metres tall to climb the tower
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £14.00

Advanced Booking

Advanced booking is not necessary, tickets are purchased on the day, directly from the Visitor Centre. At exceptionally busy times, such as school holidays, you may be offered tickets for the next available tour.

Tours take approximately 30 minutes and are on the hour and half hour (please see opening times calendar).

Please note that Southwold Lighthouse Visitor Centre only accepts cash payments.

Out of hours group bookings

Private tours for school parties and special interest groups/clubs of 10 or more people, outside of normal opening hours, can be arranged by prior agreement. Two teachers/helpers are admitted free for schools/other special interest groups (2 free in a group of 15).
Please note a minimum charge applies for these visits. Cash or cheque payments are accepted for group bookings.

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

Southwold is situated at the end of the A1095, 4 miles from the A12 at Blythburgh or 4.5 miles from Wrentham via the B1127.


Parking is available on public roads close to the lighthouse. Car parks are also located at the pier and harbour.

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.