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Introduction
A light to warn shipping was first established on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Wight in 1323. Today the distinctive octagonal tower of St.Catherine's Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating in the English Channel and a guide to vessels approaching the Solent.

Location
St Catherine's is situated at the most southerly point of the Isle of Wight, off the A3055 near Niton.

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Parking
There is no vehicular access to the lighthouse.

Public Transport
The Island Explorer (Route 7) stops at Niton village.

Opening Times

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June and
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July 1 - 4.30
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August 1 - 4.30
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October
(until 10/10/03)

1 - 4.30
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October (28/10 - 31/10)  
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These opening times may vary subject to operational requirements. Please check wth any Isle of Wight Tourist Information Centre.

Admission Prices

Adults £2.00
Senior Citizens £1.50
Children £1.00
Family Ticket £5.00

Contact Details
01983 867979

Groups
Please phone in advance for group bookings.

Safety
A minimum height of 1 metre is required for entry to the lighthouse. Anyone suffering from vertigo, heart or respiratory conditions is advised not to undertake a tour.

Specifications

Established 1323
Height of Tower 25 metres
Height of Light above Mean High Water 41 metres
Automated 30 July 1997
Lamp 400 W MBI lamp
Optic 2nd order 4 panel Catadioptric
Character One white flash every 5 seconds
Intensity 821,000 candela
Range of Light 26 sea miles
DGPS 307.5KHz 100m.
Tours of St Catherine's Lighthouse are operated by Maritime Heritage Tours Ltd, under licence from The Corporation of Trinity House.