Start Point Lighthouse visitor centre

Situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, on the south side of Start Bay between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth

Start Point Modernisation Project

Start Point Lighthouse Visitor Centre will close from 23rd September 2018 to allow for modernisation works to be undertaken. The project will replace the existing rotating optic with two self-contained flashing LED lanterns. These lanterns use LED technology to produce light that is then focused through a circular optic into a ‘disc’. This disc shines in all directions at once and the LED’s are switched on and off to produce the required ‘flash’. These lanterns are extremely efficient and once installed, should require very little maintenance.

During the modernisation project the Fog Signal, or Hazard Warning Signal as it is now called, will be replaced. New battery systems will also be introduced, meaning the diesel generator will no longer be required and will therefore be removed.
Upon completion of this project, the Visitor Centre will re-open to the public.

The striking Start Point Lighthouse is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea on the south side of Start Bay between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

Each tour takes approximately 45 minutes. Guided tours on the hour at 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00. You may also wish to visit the souvenir shop in the lighthouse offering a selection of Lighthouse gifts, toys and postcards.

Opening subject to weather conditions and Trinity House's operational requirements. Temporary shoes are provided if visitors arrive in unsuitable footwear for climbing the stairs.

We are happy to provide private tours for groups and school parties but they can be only arranged outside opening hours and by prior arrangement. We will aim to tailor the tour to any specific interests you may have. Please call 01803 771802 to enquire.

Prompt arrival at the Visitor Centre is essential. If you arrive late we regret we cannot guarantee entry and your visit may be cancelled.

Advanced booking is not necessary.

Admission prices

Adults £5.00
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £14.00
Child (up to 16 years)

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

Start Point Lighthouse Visitor Centre only accepts cash payments.

Advance / Group Bookings

Please email in advance for group bookings of ten or more people (see Contact Details above). For groups of less than 10, tickets are purchased on the day, directly from the Visitor Centre.

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


Start Point is signposted from the village of Stokenham which is located on the A379 from Kingsbridge.


There is a car park at the top of the approach road to the lighthouse, charges apply from Easter to the end of September. Please call 01803 771803 for further details.