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A marvel of its age

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.

Great British Walk

 The Great British Walk campaign is in full swing, and The Leas is the perfect place to take part! Download our Souter Saunter to help you get started, or pick one up from the front desk.

Colourful days out

 You'll find shades of red, orange and yellow in Whitburn Coastal Park as the trees hit the autumn season. It's always open to the public, so feel free to take a stroll anytime.

Cosy days in

 Our Galley is serving cosy, comfort food throughout the season including Panackelty and Singin' Hinnies. It's a great way to warm up after a long walk along the coast! While you're here, pop into our Treasure Chest for some retail therapy.

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