Lighthouses of South West England

The lighthouses of South West England are listed in geographical order. Also included in the directory 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.

This post may contain affiliate links. Please use the links when making a booking. It will cost you nothing, but will help me to keep the website up and running. You can read my affiliate policy here

<South Wales | Isles of Scilly >

South West England lights

The South West of England starts where the River Severn leads into the Bristol Channel and finally meets the English Channel. The city of Bristol was once a busy trading port, and shipping in this area was particularly hazardous due to the extreme rise and fall of the tide. Its tidal range is around 50 feet (15 metres) making it one of the highest tidal ranges in the world.

Located just off the North Devon coast lies the island of Lundy, sometimes known as Puffin Island, due to the local inhabitants you might see if visiting at the right time.  Take a boat trip or helicopter out to the island to explore.  Although it is possible to visit for a day trip, your best bet is to stay for a few days to give you time to really explore.  It’s worth the stay, as there are three lighthouses and a former fog signal station to visit, as well as other interesting historic sites on the island.  Lundy North was the first Trinity House lighthouse to be converted to solar-powered operation.

Gloucestershire

LV14 Sula Lightship, Gloucester Docks
Ex Humber LV14 Lightvessel
LV23 Planet, Sharpness Docks
Built as Planet, located at the Bar station, River Mersey. Later sold to Trinity House, LV23 was the last manned lightvessel on the Channel station. She is currently impounded in Sharpness Docks
Avonmouth Harbour Lights
LV55 John Sebastian, Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol
Built 1885, one of the few remaining wooden lightvessels.
Battery Point Lighthouse, Portishead
Blacknore Lighthouse, Portishead

Somerset

Burnham High Lighthouse
Burnham Low Light
Burnham Old Round Tower
St Andrew’s Church, Burnham
The first of the Burnham lighthouses, later replaced by the Round Tower, then the High and Low Lighthouses, the church is still a navigation aid, lining up with a leading light on the seafront.
Watchet Harbour

North Devon

North Devon lighthouses
Lynmouth Foreland Lighthouse
Lynton and Lynmouth Museum
Optic from Lynmouth Foreland Lighthouse on display
St Nicholas Chapel, Ilfracombe
Bull Point Lighthouse
Warden sleeps 2, Sherrin sleeps 5, Triton sleeps 4, Siren sleeps 5
Hartland Point

Lundy Island

Lundy Lighthouses

The island is accessible from Bideford, Ilfracombe and Hartland (by air).

Lundy North Lighthouse
The first Trinity House lighthouse to be converted to solar-powered operation
Lundy South Lighthouse
Lundy Old Lighthouse
Lundy Old Fog Battery

Cornwall

Cornwall Lighthouses
Wadebridge
Eddystone marker
Trevose Head Lighthouse
Verity sleeps 4, Brook sleeps 4, Pelorus sleeps 4, Nimbus sleeps 4
Godrevy Lighthouse
The lighthouse features in Virginia Woolf’s classic novel To The Lighthouse
St Ives Pier Old Lighthouse
St Ives Pier Lighthouse
St Ives Museum
Various lighthouse artefacts on display
Pendeen Lighthouse
accommodation Solebay sleeps 4, Argus sleeps 3
Sennen Cove Shore Station
Former shore station for families of Longships Lighthouse
Runnelstone front and rear day markers
Located on Gwennap Head. When lined up with the rear black and white marker, they indicate the Runnelstone, marked by a buoy about a mile offshore. The rear marker should be in sight when navigating from sea, and should not be obscured by the front red cone.  
The navigation marks were featured in Hammond Innes’ 1940 thriller The Trojan Horse, in which they are referred to as the “Cones of Runnel”. 
Longships Lighthouse
Visible from Sennen Cove
Tater Du Lighthouse
Newlyn Lighthouse and Tidal Observatory
Penzance: Former Trinity House Depot
Penzance Harbour Lighthouse
Trinity House Depot, St Just
Lizard Lighthouse
accommodation Longships sleeps 4, Wolf Rock sleeps 6, Godrevy sleeps 6, Sevenstones sleeps 6, Round Island sleeps 8, Bishop Rock sleeps 4
Lizard lighthouse marks the most southerly point of mainland Britain.  Established in 1752 it is the second oldest working lighthouse in the UK.  It has two octagonal towers, although only the east tower is still operational. The western lantern was removed in 1903.  The Lizard Heritage Centre is open to the public and you can have a guided tour of the tower.
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
St Anthony Lighthouse
accommodation Sally Port sleeps 4
St Anthony’s Lighthouse is featured in the children’s TV series Fraggle Rock.
Mevagissey Lighthouse
Gribbin Head Daymark, near Fowey
Built in 1832 as a daymark by Trinity House, the beacon is now owned by the National Trust and is occasionally open to the public in the summer.
St Catherine’s Lighthouse, Fowey
Penlee Fog Station
accommodation The Old Signal House
Built in 1902 it was built as a fog signal station, with cottages for three keepers and their families

South Devon

South Devon Lighthouses
Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth
John Smeaton’s Tower replaced John Rudyerd’s Eddystone Lighthouse in 1759, and was replaced by the current Eddystone, built by James Douglass in 1882. It is open to the public, and can also be hired for weddings.
Eddystone Lighthouse Pavement, Plymouth
Paving design opposite the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, illustrating the footprint of Smeaton’s Tower.
The Box, Plymouth
Art and heritage museum
Lightvessel lantern, Mountbatten, Plymouth
Located at the entrance to Plymouth Yacht Haven, Mountbatten, thought to be from the former LV3, whose station history include Owers, Royal Sovereign and Haisbro.
Plymouth Breakwater Lighthouse
Eddystone Lighthouse
The first rock lighthouse to be built in Europe was constructed in 1698 on the Eddystone reef, around 12 miles off the shores of Plymouth.  The third Eddystone Lighthouse, built by engineer John Smeaton, was built in 1759 and now stands proudly on Plymouth Hoe as a memorial. This tower is open to the public.  The present lighthouse, the fourth, designed by Sir James Douglass, was built in 1882.
Start Point Lighthouse
accommodation Landward sleeps 4, Beacon sleeps 6
Berry Head Lighthouse
Located near Brixham, Berry Head is the shortest lighthouse in Britain, at 5 metres high, but with an elevation of 58 metres from the clifftop. 
Brixham Harbour Lighthouse
Teignmouth Harbour Lighthouse

Stay in a lighthouse

Check out Lighthouse Accommodation Britain and Worldwide – the ultimate guide to staying in lighthouses, lightvessels, and related unique places throughout the world.