Castle Hill Lighthouse

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The Castle Hill Lighthouse is a beautiful and historic lighthouse on Ocean Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. The lighthouse is modest, but it is located on a rough, gorgeous stretch of coast that is ideal for photographs. 

The lighthouse was built in 1890 on land once owned by Harvard University biologist, oceanographer, and zoologist Alexander Agassiz. For $1, Agassiz sold the land to the US government for the lighthouse. His residence on the property, built in 1874, now serves as an inn called Castle Hill Inn. 

Although the lighthouse itself is not open to the public, various walkways connect the Castle Hill Inn and the Castle Hill Cove Marina to the shoreline and cliff face where the lighthouse is located. The lighthouse is a famous tourist attraction and wedding photo location, as well as an icon of Newport. The lighthouse is owned by the US Coast Guard, although the site is owned by the nearby Castle Hill Inn. Castle Hill Lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

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Lighthouse Specs

  • Originally constructed: 1890
  • First lit: 1890
  • Construction: Granite blocks
  • Tower shape: Conical
  • Height: 33 ft (10 m)
  • Focal height: 39 ft (12 m)
  • Markings: White with black lantern
  • Characteristic: Isophase Red 6s
  • Range: 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
  • Status: Active
  • NRHP number: 88000277


  • Address: Ocean Ave
  • Town: Newport
  • State: Rhode Island
  • GPS: Lat 41.46208 Lng -71.36290
  • Parking notes: Public parking is available at Castle Hill Cove Marina, located before Castle Hill Inn. There are several parking spots and they are free to park at. If you are staying at Castle Hill Inn, there is a big parking lot there too.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE

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  1. Patrick

    Castle Hill Light, Newport RI

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