Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - National Trust

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - National Trust
Coast Road
Whitburn
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR6 7NH
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter

E-mail

souter@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

0191 529 3161

Fax

0191 529 0006

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Approach to Souter Lighthouse
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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.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Heritage site, Museum

Opening hours

15 - 23 February daily
24 February - 6 April daily except Fridays
7 - 20 April daily
21 April - 25 May daily except Fridays
26 May - 1 June daily
2 - 30 June daily except Fridays
1 July - 31 August daily
1 September - 26 October daily except Fridays
27 October - 2 November daily
11am - 5pm (last admission 4.30)

Admission 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

Additional info

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

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Maritime

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Girl painting

Get Crafty - Summer

  • 31 July 2014 11am-4pm *on now
  • 5 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 7 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 12 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 14 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 19 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 21 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 26 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 28 August 2014 11am-4pm

Enjoy having a go at a different summer-themed craft every day at Souter Lighthouse.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.00 per child.

Rock pool

Souter Seashore Safari

  • 13 August 2014 11am-1pm

Search the rockpools along Souter's rocky shore.

We can provide nets and buckets but please feel free to bring your own. The rocks can be slippy so don't forget to wear sensible footwear too!

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of rock pools

50 Things Activity Day

  • 13 August 2014 11am-4pm

Go on a rockpool ramble, make and fly a kite and go bug hunting. Join in with pond dipping, go bird watching and find a geocache.

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of souter lighthouse

A Wild, Whacky and Wet Wednesday!

  • 6 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 20 August 2014 11am-4pm

Lots of water related fun to be had in the Foghorn Field.

Bring a change of clothes and a towel.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Discover the Lighthouse

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-souterlighthouse.htm

Learn what life was like as a Victorian. Explore the Victorian Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage and find out about the disappearing village of Marsden.

How to obtain

Call 0191 529 3161 or email souter@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

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