Souter Lighthouse

South Tyneside's beacon of history!

Souter LighthouseSouter Lighthouse, with its dramatic red and white hoops, is an iconic landmark on the North East coast and the first in the world to be purpose built for electricity.

You can experience what life was like for the Lighthouse Keeper, with a reconstructed Victorian Keepers cottage and many hands on activities. And for the kids there's also an open-air play area and fun activity trail, along with some fantastic regular events such as craft activities and rockpool rambles.

Visitors can still see the machinery, which remains in working order, and of course climb to the top of the tower. It's well worth the effort, and once you've regained your breath you can literally see for miles!

The beautiful South Tyneside coastline below may seem very calm now, but it was in fact once very dangerous. Many ships ran aground amongst the treacherous reefs & rocks and smugglers plied their dastardly trade on our shores, so when the lighthouse opened in 1871, with its state of the art technology, it was very needed!

Decommissioned in 1988 this property is now managed and protected by the National Trust.

Souter LighthouseSurrounding the lighthouse are miles of grassy fields, spectacular cliffs and rocky bays. Have a cycle or a walk along the beautiful coastal walks and take in some spectacular scenery. Marsden Bay and Whitburn Village are only 5 minutes a way and definitely worth a visit. Souter is a haven for wildlife and a must for all visitors.

Did you know?
Souter is a special place all year round and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity.


  • Climb the 76 steps to the top for spectacular views
  • Play in the Foghorn Field, where there are free sports activities during school holidays
  • See the engine room with all its machinery
  • Join the National Trust team for a seashore safari, exploring the nearby rockpools
  • Enjoy a delicious cake or scone in the tea room
  • Hire a child's balance bike for free thanks to British Cycling and HSBC UK. Suitable for age 2+
  • A must for the kids - explore the outdoors through a series of mini-adventures on a free '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' trail

How to get here

Souter Lighthouse
Coast Road
Tyne and Wear

Phone: 0191 529 3161
Website: Souter Lighthouse

Opening times


2 February - 3 November: Open daily 11am - 5pm

4 November - 1 December: Open daily 11am - 4pm

Café & Shop*                   

2 February - 3 November: Open daily 10am - 5pm**   

4 November - 1 December: Open daily 10am - 4pm    

7 - 22 December: Open weekends 10am - 4pm       

*Shop opens 11am. ** Café closes 6pm in July & August

Admission charges

Adult: £8.40 (gift aid)/£7.60 (standard)
Children: £4.20 (gift aid)/£3.80 (standard)
Family: £21.00 (gift aid)/£19.00 (standard)
Family (one adult): £12.60 (gift aid)/£11.40 (standard)

Free for National Trust members.

Free admission to cafe and shop.


  • Cafe
  • Car and coach parking
  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Group discounts available


  • Accessible toilet
  • Large print guide
  • Tactile exhibits
  • Wheelchair access to ground floor
  • For those unable to climb the tower live camera pictures from the top of the tower can be viewed at ground level

More information

For more information, see National Trust: Souter Lighthouse