The lighthouses of South Wales 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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|Fishguard North Breakwater Lighthouse|
|Pen Anglas Daymark and Fog Station|
|Daymark and fog signal (discontinued). The area is known for its columns of basalt, similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. A circular walk from Goodwick takes you to Pen Anglas.|
|Strumble Head Lighthouse|
|South Bishop Lighthouse|
|Around 21 miles off the coast of Pembrokeshire lies the Smalls reef. A wooden pile lighthouse was first erected here in 1776. Built by Henry Whiteside, the structure was first assembled at Solva on the mainland. The current masonry lighthouse replaced this in 1861.|
The Smalls has a dark history. Two lighthouse keepers originally lived at The Smalls whilst on duty. But, one of the keepers died whilst on duty. His colleague, concerned that he would be charged with murder, lashed the body to the rails of the lantern gallery until help came. It was some weeks before the relief boat arrived to find the lone keeper and his dead colleague. After this incident, three keepers would be on duty at all rock (offshore) lighthouses.
|St Ann’s Head Low Lighthouse|
|Holiday cottages, accommodation|
|St Ann’s Old Higher Lighthouse|
|Great Castle Head Front Lighthouse|
|Caldey Island Lighthouse|
|Burry Port Lighthouse|
|Whitford (Whiteford) Point Lighthouse|
|Whitford Point is the oldest remaining wave-swept cast-iron lighthouse in Britain, established in 1854. Though now disused and on the endangered list, it is possible to walk out to the lighthouse at low water.|
|Located near Swansea, Mumbles Lighthouse was built in 1794. The lighthouse is accessible at low water, but do check tide times before your journey. The former optic is on display at Swansea Museum.|
|The former optic from Mumbles Lighthouse and Helwick Lightvessel are on display.|
|LV91 Helwick Lightvessel|
|Built in 1937, decommissioned in 1977. Station history: 1937-1971: Humber, 1971 – 1977: Helwick, Bristol Channel. The vessel is now Located at Swansea Museum. She is not accessible to the public but can be clearly seen from the quay.|
|Built in 1903, decommissioned in 1973. Station history: 1903-1944: included Shipwash, 1944:Juno, 1945: Le Havre, 1945-49: Smiths Knoll, 1949-52: Varne, 1953-72: English and Welsh Grounds.|
In May 1973 following decommissioning, she was sold for scrap, but there were plans to use her as a night club which did not materialise. She is now at Neath Abbey Wharf in a very poor condition.
|Nash Point Low Lighthouse|
|Nash Point High Lighthouse|
Located between Bridgend and Cardiff, Nash Point Lighthouse was built in 1832. Two lighthouses initially worked together as leading lights to mark the dangerous Nash Sands. The low Lighthouse is still in existence but was decommissioned in the 1920s.
Nash Point was the last lighthouse to be automated in Wales on 5th August 1998.
|Barry Docks Breakwater Lighthouse|
|A few miles off the coast of Barry, in the middle of the busy Bristol Channel, lies the island of Flatholm. A cholera isolation hospital operated here during the Second World War. The lighthouse was established in 1737. In 1820 it was extended in height and again improved in 1866.|
|West Usk Lighthouse|
|East Usk Lighthouse|
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