The lighthouse is also called the lighthouse of Risban. (Not to be confused with Fort Risaban; Calais). They started building the lighthouse in 1841 and it has been in use since 1843. During the Second World War over 85% of the city of Dunkirk was destroyed, however, the lighthouse was not damaged.
The lighthouse was automated in 1985. You can visit the lighthouse but you need to contact Dunkirk Port Museum.