Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

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Address: Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 7NH
Phone Number: 0191 529 3161
Opening Hours: Current opening times.
National Trust Membership: FREE entry to over 500 places & free parking.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas is a lighthouse on the coast between South Shields and Sunderland in Tyne and Wear.

A historic lighthouse by lieu of the fact that it was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built with the intention for it to be powered by electricity. Built in 1871 midway along the coastline between the Tyne and Wear estuaries atop a two and a half mile stretch of limestone cliffs known as the Leas. The lighthouse has it’s own engine room containing a magneto-electric generator which used to provide the power until the site was connected to the national grid in 1952. There is also a Foghorn house whose dual horns sound when visibility is reduced. The site has a children’s outdoor play area next to picnic benches a wildlife garden and is surrounded by Whitburn coastal park nature reserve.

  • Free car parking.
  • Gift shop selling local produce, hand-made gifts and souvenirs.
  • Coffee shop and Tearooms serving cream teas, afternoon teas, light lunches and speciality hot drinks.
  • Picnic benches.

Ticket Prices:

  • Adult – £6.50
  • Child – £3.25
  • Family – £16.50
  • Group Adult – £5.80
  • Group Child – £2.90

Prices and opening hours correct as at January 2017.

 


Before you start your journey to Souter Lighthouse and The Leas for your day out, we recommend that you check their website or contact them to confirm opening times and admission prices.

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