Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Bermuda bestrides on a hill top in the Southampton Parish. The lighthouse is elevated 245 feet over the sea. It was constructed in year 1846 and stands 177-ft tall. The lighthouse is visited by tourists who want to have a panoramic view of the island and climbing 185 steps to reach the balcony is not at all a strenuous task. The lighthouse has eight floors that include mini exhibits, which enlighten the visitors with the Bermuda history. The visitors can also rest at various platforms on their way in the lighthouse.
The 1000-watt bulb positioned in the revolving lens at top of the tower propels beams of light and promotes safety in the water. The present day mariners favour the bulb for making the navigation easy. The bulb in the lighthouse is operated electronically. The responsibility of its maintenance has been taken by the Marine and Ports Department.
There is also a bronze plate positioned on the roadside and which marks the day when Queen Elizabeth II paid a delightful visit to the lighthouse in 1953. The plate is positioned on the same place where the great queen stopped. This place is also referred as Queen's View.
The lighthouse had a Tearoom at its base. This station was used by the British Army as a signalling station. The visitors could have breakfast and lunch here and could also have dinners on weekends. Now the Tearoom has been replaced by the The Dinning Room restaurant.
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