Bermuda boasts two lighthouses, but the one at Gibb’s Hill is the most notable, the first of only a few in the world to be made from cast iron.
Standing 108m (354ft) above sea level on one of Bermuda’s highest hills, the sparkling white lighthouse was first lit in 1846, and was automated in 1964. Shipwrecks in these parts were legendary, and in just 10 years before the lighthouse was built almost 40 ships came to grief. The lighthouse helped make Bermuda’s waters much safer, its light visible for miles out to sea.
On a visit to the lighthouse you can ascend the 185 spiral steps to the top for stunning views out to sea and over the island. If you visit between February and May, you might even spot a passing whale!
The steps aren’t too steep, and there are resting places and exhibits along the way.
Next door, in the colonial-style former signal station, there’s a gift shop and the swanky Dining Room restaurant serving lunch and dinner.
Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse overlooks Sinky Bay Beach, on the southwest coast. It’s in Southampton Parish.