Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - National Trust

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

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

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


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Additional info

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

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Maritime

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Discover the Lighthouse

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 for more information.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - National Trust
Coast Road
Tyne and Wear




0191 529 3161


0191 529 0006

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