East Anglia takes in the shoreline of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and the Lincolnshire border.

Please note that some of these lighthouses offer holiday accommodation, or may be privately owned, so please take care not to trespass or drive on private property. Please refer to the Lighthouse Directory page for more information.

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Lighthouses of Eastern England


Essex Lighthouses

At Harwich in Essex you can see four lighthouses in close proximity; the Dovercourt Lighthouse and Harwich High and Harwich Low Lighthouse.

You can also visit former lightvessel LV18 moored up in the harbour. 

In the estuary you may spot some lightvessels ready for operation, if you’re lucky you may see one or more of the Trinity House service vessels; THV Patricia, THV Galatea or THV Alert.  Harwich is the operational base for Trinity House, and is where the lighthouses of England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar are monitored. Overnight the lights of Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland are also monitored from here.

THV Galatea

Tours can sometimes be arranged at the Trinity House depot, and you can also see the buoy store where the navigation aids are maintained.


Suffolk Lighthouses

Along the coast at Suffolk, the original Lowestoft Lighthouse was the first Trinity House lighthouse to be built, in 1609.  The current lighthouse, clearly visible from the main road was established in 1874.


Norfolk Lighthouses

In Norfolk, the home county of Admiral Lord Nelson, you can visit the UK’s only independently operated working lighthouse at Happisburgh.  Saved by a team of volunteers in 1990 when the lighthouse was threatened with closure, the lighthouse remains operational and is the UK’s third oldest working lighthouse.


There are two disused lighthouses located on opposite banks along the River Nene, near Sutton Bridge, now both owned privately. East Sutton Lighthouse was the former home of conservationist Sir Peter Scott.

Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk

Cromer Lighthouse, Norfolk