The red and white striped lighthouse was built in 1791, originally one of a pair – the pair formed leading lights marking safe passage around the southern end of the treacherous Happisburgh Sands – but it was not always effective, as the graves in the churchyard show.
The lighthouse is privately owned, but opens its doors to the public certain weekends including Easter and August Bank Holiday. Inside, the 96 stone steps wind their way up the inside to the light at the top (134 feet above sea level).
When you reach the top, you can see the working lamp, 500 watts of light and visible for about 18 miles. The views of the coast and village are spectacular – on a clear day you can see for about 13 miles.
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