Originally Posted by codprawn
That lighthouse looks fantastic - it would make a great house.
Loads have been sold off as homes in the UK. There are almost no manned ones left. There is one near us though - Nash Point lighthouse. It is only manned because they run all the Bristol Channel lighthouses from there.
It isn't really open to the public but if you ask nicely they show you around - stunning views!!!
175 year old lighthouse opens doors to the public
14 May 2007: Wales' last manned lighthouse, Nash Point, opens its doors to the public in its 175th anniversary year.
Wales’ last manned lighthouse, Nash Point on the south coast, has seen a return to the regular traipsing of feet up its 37 metre tower thanks to the introduction of organised tours.
The tours, which began at the start of the Easter holidays, are operated by Trinity House with the assistance of the Attendant Chris Williams, an ex Lighthouse Keeper, his colleagues and volunteers.
Trinity House has a policy of making its assets accessible to the public wherever possible and operates 10 Lighthouse Visitor Centres at various locations around the country, and Alderney in the Channel Islands. In addition passengers are also welcome on its flagship THV Patricia as she carries out her duties maintaining buoys and light ships around the coast.
Nash Point Lighthouse has been accommodating visitors on an ad hoc basis for some time but due to the increasing popularity of visits it has been decided to formalise the visitor arrangements to make it easier for people to plan their visits.
Said Chris, ‘Nash Point is a beautiful area of the country and we had a number of requests for visits to the lighthouse which we tried to accommodate where possible. By formalising the opening hours and structuring the tour we are ensuring that many more people can visit and enjoy this iconic, 19th century, historic building which is still serving a vital purpose today: namely safeguarding the mariner from the dangers of Nash Bank.’
For those wishing to spend longer than a day at Nash Point the disused Lighthouse Keepers cottages alongside have been modernised to high standard holiday lets, or for those thinking about longer-term commitments, Nash Point Lighthouse is licensed as a venue for civil wedding ceremonies.
The station’s Fog Signal, which is no longer an aid to navigation, has been restored and is sounded occasionally, when weather and environmental conditions allow, for the benefit of visitors, wedding parties etc.
The lighthouse is open for tours on selected days until 30 September 2007 when, except for organised visits by schools, special interest groups etc, it closes for the season.
It is well worth a visit if you are up this way in the Bristol Channel