Built in 1912, Mannez Lighthouse is the island"™s most prominent landmark.
Mannez lighthouse is situated at the eastern end of the island at Quesnard Point. It was built to act as a guide to passing shipping and to warn vessels of the treacherous waters around the island. The lighthouse tower rises 105ft (32 metres) and is painted white with a central black band to make it more visible to shipping during daylight. Its beam (four white flashes every 15 seconds) carries across 12 sea miles.
Automated in 1997 the Lighthouse is now monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Central Planning Unit at Harwich in Essex. The Alderney Wildlife Trust organises conducted tours throughout the summer. The steep climb to the top of the tower is quite demanding but the stunning views of Alderney’s coastline and beyond are well worth the effort. When the train is running, you can travel out to Mannez on Alderney’s railway.
Tours are available every Sunday at 15:00 from May to September.
Adults: £4; Children (under 16): £3
For opening times telephone the Visitor Information Center on 01481 822333
Restriction to ascending the Lighthouse tower: Children are very welcome, but they must be at least 1.1 metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided. Sensible footwear must be worn. Open toe sandals without heel straps, flip-flops, high-heeled footwear and bare or stocking feet are not permitted. Anyone suffering from vertigo, heart or respiratory conditions is advised not to undertake the tour.