Located at Niton Undercliff, St. Catherine's Lighthouse was built in 1838, lit in March 1840 and automated in 1997. It is open to the public on selected dates when you can get the chance to climb the 94 steps to the lantern house and learn about the fascinating history.


With a light that can be seen for 25 nautical miles, St. Catherine's Lighthouse provides a crucial waymark for vessels navigating in the English Channel and a guide to vessels approaching the Solent. The lighthouse comprises a white octagonal tower and although there are 94 steps up to the lantern the spectacular view makes the climb well worth the effort.

The present tower was constructed in 1838 following the loss of the sailing ship Clarendon on rocks near the site of the present lighthouse.  The station survived the Second World War but was hit by a bombing raid on 1 June 1943 which destroyed the engine house killing the three keepers on duty who had taken shelter in the building. They are all buried in the local cemetery at Niton village and a plaque in remembrance of them is displayed on the ground floor of the main tower - the damage caused by the bullets can still be seen today if you join one of guided tours which last approximately 40 minutes.