Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - National Trust


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Coast Road Whitburn
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR6 7NH
England

Opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter is a special place all year round and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. To the north The Leas is a two and a half mile stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland. The cliffs and rock stacks of Marsden Bay are home to nesting Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Cormorants, Shags and Guillemots. South of the lighthouse is Whitburn Coastal Park and Nature Reserve – reclaimed colliery land, now a haven for wildlife.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Charges:

Admission prices: Adults: £6.50 Children: £3.50 Family Ticket: £15.50 National Trust members free Group Rates (10+, pre booked): Adults: £5.00 Children: £2.80

Discounts:

  • National Trust

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

Teacher resource packs available for those pre-booking education visits.

Services:

  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Pre-booking service for groups

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