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Climb to the top of Southwold Lighthouse on special open days this summer

PUBLISHED: 11:19 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 18 May 2017

Inside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Inside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Visitors to Southwold are being given the unique opportunity to see one of the town's most iconic landmarks up close.

Southwold lighthouse volunteer, Graham HopwoodSouthwold lighthouse volunteer, Graham Hopwood

The 31m-tall lighthouse is the only operational one in Suffolk which is open to the public and was built by Trinity House in 1887, coming into operation in 1890.

And people can enjoy a 30-minute tour on one of the lighthouse’s open days this summer, with the chance to climb to the very top.

Trinity House Records Manager Neil Jones said: “We are opening Southwold Lighthouse to the public, offering guided tours by experienced locals of the historical tower and beautiful views of the surrounding Suffolk Heritage Coast.

“Visitors will learn about the role played by both the lighthouse and maritime charity Trinity House in safeguarding mariners over the centuries.”

Inside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick ButcherInside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

For details of opening times, visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk or call 01255 245 156. Tickets cost £4 for adults, and £3 for children.

Inside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick ButcherInside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Southwold lighthouse volunteer, Graham Hopwood.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherSouthwold lighthouse volunteer, Graham Hopwood. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Inside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick ButcherInside Southwold lighthouse. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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