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Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

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.

Things to See and Do

Children love exploring the engine rooms, light tower and keeper's cottage as well as exhibitions on lighthouses and lighthouse life.

Outside there is a children's playground, a wildlife garden to explore and lots of space to run around, fly a kite or have a picnic. There are regular family friendly activities ranging from geo-caching, rockpool rambling, coastal walks, bug hunts and bird spotting. Events are regularly added to the events calendar on our website.

Balance Bikes

Souter have teamed up with British Cycling and HSBC UK to provide free balance bikes for our youngest visitors.

Cycling is an important life skill, and a healthy way to explore outdoors. We want to help the next generation’s cyclists learn to ride, starting their lifelong love of cycling in the beautiful natural surroundings. You don’t need to book, just turn up and get going. They will be available during school holidays and weekends, as long as the weather isn't too wet or wild. You'll find the bike stand outside the shop, simply ask a member of the team for assistance. The bikes are suitable for children aged 2 and up.

Facilities

  • Cafe with seasonal menu using local produce
  • Large car park
  • Dogs welcome in grounds.


 

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