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Amlwch Lighthouse

Amlwch, Anglesey

Location Guide

This minor lighthouse that is at the end of pier to a small port is a part of a larger heritage site.

The Amlwch lighthouse is a square 15ft tower situated on the outer pier of Amlwch, at the northeast tip of Anglesey in Wales.

Photo from Geograph

The existing lighthouse, a square tower erected in 1853, is the fourth on this site, the first probably in 1817. It has original fine, but battered, ashlar masonry to a height of 4.6 metres (15ft), the present lantern was added on top at a later date.


Two short piers at Amlwch were built following a private Act of Parliament of 1743, when the harbour was improved. Two octagonal houses with small lanterns, protruding from the roof, were added. They were described in the New Seamanís Guide as "small white houses displaying lights at night".

In 1816 an outer pier, about 46 metres (151ft) long, was built to give shipping extra protection inside the harbour. In 1817, a small lighthouse with a light 8.5 metres (28ft) above high water mark was built, subsequently replaced with the present lighthouse. There are, like many, variations to this story,  some say it was built in 1853, others sources including Findlay's 1879 list say the building is the 1817 original.

The drydock and lighthouse on the small creek at Amlwch once served the shipping of one of the largest copper mines in Europe, located at Parys Mountain. The significance of the early copper-exporting port at Amlwch makes the lighthouse part of a heritage site of international importance.

Photo by Bob Abell

Photo from Geograph 

Lighthouse information Grid


Amlwch Lighthouse, Anglesey

Current status:

Inactivate now. I think it stopped being used in 1972.

Geographic Position:


Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Square tower on top of harbour wall.

Square stone tower with lantern attached to a 1 storey stone building, square lantern room with slate roof

Map Link:

Multimap   Get-a-map

Aerial photo:

Google satellite view   Multimap

Other photos:

photo    Geograph plus next square west

Originally built:

3 earlier versions on this site. History is not clear, maybe 1817

Current lighthouse built:

1853 some say 1817

Height of Tower:

15ft on top of harbour wall

Height of light above mean sea level:

11 metres 36ft

Character of light:

None now

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:


Owned / run by:

Isle of Anglesey Council

Getting there:

see map


Site open for harbour and area, tower closed



Other Useful Websites:

Wiki   LD

Routes: Anglesey Coastal Path 
Nearby Locations:

Amlwch Copper Kingdom, Amlwch, Anglesey  

Point Lynas Lighthouse

Other Relevant pages:

For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of England and Wales

Featured List of Lighthouses - England and Wales  

List of Minor Lighthouses and Lights - England and Wales

Anglesey Attractions    Anglesey Attractions Map



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By: Keith Park  

Section:  Lighthouses Section


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