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Monday 6 March 2023

How very English. A lighthouse tour and a pint of bitter

One of Britain's most important lighthouses is being opened for public tours - thanks to the local brewery.

Adnams Brewery has launched tours of the famous white lighthouse in Southwold, Suffolk, which has previously been open only on special occasions.

The brewer has partnered with Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority, to shine a light on an the important landmark in its home town.

As of this month, Adnams will begin conducting tours of one of Southwold’s most iconic buildings - but visitors will need to be fit to climb 113 steps to the top of the 31-metre tower to enjoy panoramic views out to sea, as well as looking into the Adnams brewery and distillery, both of which also host regular tours.

Nick Attfield, director of Adnams hospitality and retail, told the Eastern Daily Press: “This will be a real highlight for anyone coming to Southwold.

"The views are spectacular and it’s worth every one of the 113 steps to the top."

The lighthouse was built in 1890 and is still operational. The main lamp reaches almost 44km out to sea, providing an important guide for vessels navigating the North Sea.

The tours offer a chance for people to look behind the scenes of its daily operation and will operate from Adnams' tours centre, lasting around 50 minutes.

Good news for the thirsty tourist: lighthouse tours will include a voucher for a glass of Adnams beer at The Sole Bay Inn, which is just a few steps away, as well as a 10% discount voucher for the Adnams shop, where you'll find European favourites alongside wines like De Bortoli Noble One and Greywacke Pinot Noir.

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