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Beachy Head Lighthouse

Beachy Head, Eastbourne, Sussex

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Aerial Photo By Marinas.com   More images are available

An earlier lighthouse existed on the cliff top some way away, this was the Belle Tout Lighthouse, but it had problems due to being too high and above the mist, and the cliff face concealing it.

The replacement Beachy Head lighthouse we have today was completed in 1902.

It sits 165m in front of the cliff face. It took 2 years to build using 3,660 tons of Cornish Granite.

To get to the construction site a cable car system was developed from the cliff top, that had to transport men and much of the materials. See image on right.

It was automated in June 1983.

Photo by Paul Gillett

Photo by Nigel Homer

This is one of the few places that you can take aerial photos while standing on the ground, the cliff is 90 metres high. Just remember when looking through your camera, that the next step forward is a big one.

In January 2010 Trinity House proposed to deactivate this light, but following opposition from local boaters it agreed in May to continue the light at reduced power. The fog horn will be discontinued.

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Beachy Head Lighthouse, Eastbourne, Sussex

Current status:

Currently in use

Geographic Position:

50 44'.0 N 00 14'.50 E

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Tall white tower with red top and red band around, in front of tall white cliff face.

Tapered round granite tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with a broad red horizontal band, lantern is also red.

Map Link:

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Aerial photo:

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Other photos:

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Originally built:


as Belle Tout Lighthouse some way away on top of a high cliff

Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

43m  141ft

Height of light above mean sea level:

31m  102ft

Character of light:

2 white flashes every 20 seconds

Character of fog signal:

6 second blast every 30 seconds - to be discontinued

Range of light:

20 nautical miles  - power being reduced soon

Owned / run by:

Trinity House

Getting there:

Located on the beach below the Seven Sisters Cliffs about 5 km (3 mi) southwest of Eastbourne and 2.5 km (1.5 mi) east of the Belle Tout Lighthouse


Can be seen from cliff top walks



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Belle Tout Lighthouse


The Belle Tout lighthouse is now a B&B

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