Start Point Lighthouse

Distance from the centre of Kingsbridge: 9.2 miles


Start Point Lighthouse visitor centre is closed until further notice.

The striking Start Point Lighthouse is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea on the south side of Start Bay between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

Come and have a guided tour around the only lighthouse in Devon open to the public to see how it works. You can park in Start Point Car Park (seasonal charges apply from the end of March until the end of September), nearest postcode is TQ7 2ET.

The iconic Fresnel Lens has been replaced by LED lights this year, along with other improvements to aid navigation for mariners.  Once we re-open you will be able to see the old lens in the updated Visitor Centre.

Guided tours are held on the hour throughout the day, the first tour is at 11am and the last tour is at 4pm and pre-booking is not required. You may also wish to visit the souvenir shop in the lighthouse offering a selection of Lighthouse gifts, toys and postcards.

Admission charges for the lighthouse are: Adult: £5, Child (5-16yrs) £3, Family: (2+3) £14 - please note that there are no card payment facilities at Start Point.

Children must be a minimum of 1.1m tall and be physically capable of ascending/descending the stairs unaided and cannot be carried (this includes baby carriers).


  • May: From Sun 12th, every Weds & Sun plus Half Term: Sun 26th – Fri 31st incl.    
  • June: Every Weds & Sun
  • July: Every Weds, Thurs & Sun, then from Sun 21st every day except closed Sat 27th
  • Aug: Every day except Saturdays
  • Sept: Every Wed, Thurs & Sun  
  • Oct: For half terms: Sun 20th – Fri 25th incl., Sun 27th  and Tues 29th – Thur 31st incl.

The Start Point Lighthouse tour guides look forward to seeing you!

Opening is subject to weather conditions and Trinity House operating requirements and some restrictions may apply, please call the information line for further details on 01803 771802.


Start Point is signposted from the village of Stokenham which is located on the A379 from Kingsbridge. Parking - There is a car park at the top of the approach road to the lighthouse, charges apply from Easter to the end of September. Please call 01803 771803 for further details.

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