To the Lighthouse
Towering over the Holderness coast, Withernsea Lighthouse has a fascinating history.
IT towers 127 feet over Withernsea, has 144 steps to the top and inside you can discover a whole host of exhibitions including a Kay Kendall memorial and RNLI and Coastguard exhibits.
The view from the top
The lighthouse itself has an interesting history. Built in 1894 the lighthouse remained operational until 1972 when it was decommissioned. The light, which stood 120 feet above sea level and could be seen up to 17miles out to sea, was made redundant and the lens was taken to St Mary’s in Litley Bay, whose lens was in turn sent to Penzance, the museum for lighthouse’.
Exhibitions in the lighthouse include a local history room, with Victorian and Edwardian
The Kay Kendal Museum
And once you have come back down to earth the museums café serves a variety of refreshments, which can be enjoyed inside or out in the lighthouse’ garden.
An average of over 6000 visitors each year mean the lighthouse is one of Withernsea’s best known and most popular attractions. Despite this the lighthouse makes no profit, as all of the proceeds are put back into maintaining the building and funding new exhibitions.
The Lighthouse is open 11am to 5pm most days, but to check opening times call (01964) 614834.
last updated: 01/05/2008 at 13:01