Lighthouses of Eastern England

The lighthouses of Eastern England are listed in geographical order. Also included are lightvessels and other associated places of interest. The map will provide more photos and information.

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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Lights of East Anglia

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

At Harwich in Essex you can see four lighthouses in close proximity and 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 all the lighthouses of England, Wales, and Gibraltar are monitored. Overnight the lights of Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland are also monitored from here.

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

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.

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.


Essex Lighthouses
LV15 Trinity, Tollesbury
Built: 1952, discontinued: 1987. Service history: 1954 – 1986 – Morecambe Bay, Scarweather, Channel, St Gowan, Helwick, Dudgeon. In 1988 Fellowship Afloat bought LV15 from Trinity House. LV15 was moved to Tollesbury and renamed “Trinity” in 1991. She is run as an activity centre with overnight accommodation for groups.
LV16 TS Colne, Colchester
Built: 1954, Decommissioned: 1988, sold to the Colchester Sea Cadets, and renamed “TS Colne”
Gunfleet Lighthouse
Remainder of a screw-pile lighthouse. In 1974 an attempt was made by the Belgian-owned pirate radio station Radio Atlantis to use the lighthouse as their base, but they were evicted. 
Naze Tower, Walton on the Naze
Built by Trinity House as a daymark, though it was possibly lit at some stage. It replaced a previous tower used as a front range beacon.
Sunk Centre Lightvessel
Sunk Inner Lightfloat
Dovercourt High Lighthouse
Dovercourt Low Lighthouse
Harwich High Lighthouse
Harwich Low Lighthouse
Harwich Maritime Museum
LV18, Harwich
Established: 1958, serving on St Gowan, and decommissioned in 1995. LV was sold in 1997 and from 1999-2007 she was used as the offshore broadcasting base for Radio Caroline, Radio Mi Amigo and Pirate BBC Essex. In 2008 she featured in the film “The Boat that Rocked” before being restored and returned to Harwich as a museum of the last manned Trinity House Lightvessel, and wireless museum.
Trinity House Operations Centre, Harwich
THV Alert
Trinity House Rapid Intervention Vessel
THV Galatea
Trinity House Lighthouse Service Vessel
THV Patricia
Trinity House Lighthouse Service Vessel
THV Galatea


Suffolk Lighthouses
LV87, Levington
Established in 1932, discontinued in 1973.
Station history: 1932-1973: East Goodwin, Mid Barrow, Cromer
In 1973 she was sold to the Haven Ports Yacht Club at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington. Her lantern was removed and taken to the Inner Dowsing station, and a replacement lantern was obtained from former LV88 which was located in Norwich at the time.
Orfordness Lighthouse
Established: 1792, decommissioned: 2013 Shortly due for demolition due to coastal erosion.
The optic is located at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation, London
Southwold Lighthouse
Pakefield Lighthouse
Now part of Pakefield Coastwatch
Lowestoft South Pier Lighthouse
Lowestoft North Pier Lighthouse
Lowestoft Lighthouse
The first Trinity House lighthouse to be built, in 1609.  The current lighthouse was established in 1874
Lowestoft Maritime Museum
Lighthouse and lightvessel artefacts


Norfolk Lighthouses
Gorleston-on-Sea Lighthouse
Former Trinity House Depot
Trinity Quay, Great Yarmouth
Happisburgh Lighthouse
The UK’s only independently operated working lighthouse.
Holiday accommodation
Mundesley Maritime Museum
Cromer Lighthouse
Holiday accommodation
Cromer Parish Church (St Peter and St Paul)
Beautiful stained glass windows depicting the Cromer lighthouses, and also lifeboats
Hunstanton Old Lighthouse


East Sutton Lighthouse, Sutton Bridge
Discontinued. Sir Peter Scott’s Lighthouse, privately owned
West Sutton Lighthouse, Sutton Bridge
Discontinued. Privately owned.

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