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Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

Coast Road, WHITBURN, SR6 7NH

Souter was the first lighthouse in the world to be powered by electricity when it opened in 1871. Although it was decommissioned in 1988, it remains an iconic beacon, hooped in red and white, standing on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. From the top you can see north to the Cheviots, and south to Roseberry Topping. The Leas is a two and a half mile stretch of wildflower meadows, magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland. A walk through Whitburn Coastal Park is ideal for bird-spotting, as the local reserve provides water and rest for birds making their way across the sea and along the coast.

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Tel: 0191 529 3161
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£7 (ch £3.50). Family (1ad+3ch) £10.50, (2ad+3ch) £17.50

Opening times

Open 13 Feb-30 Oct, daily 11-5
31 Oct-27 Nov, daily 11-4
3-18 Dec wknds only 11-4
Average visit 3hrs




Dogs on leads allowed in grounds

Assist dogs allowed all areas.


Partly accessible. 76 steps to top of Lighthouse Tower, CCTV available for those unable to climb
Braille guide, induction loops, tactile exhibits

Souter Lighthouse & The Leas


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On A183 coast road, 2m S of South Shields, 3m N of Sunderland

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