Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Souter Lighthouse standing proud.

Important notice -

During peak times (e.g. weekends and Bank Holidays), there may be a short wait prior to admission to the lighthouse. This is to ease congestion within the building and help ensure a positive experience for all visitors. Thank-you for your patience.

A marvel of its age

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Things to see and do

Visitors walking along path to Souter Lighthouse and The Leas


Visit the lighthouse, a 'marvel of its age', and head outdoors to explore The Leas and Whitburn Coastal Park.

Visitors walking towards Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Get active 

Walk to make the most of coastal views, run along the finishing stretch of the world famous Great North Run or cycle the 10.5 miles that make up the two rivers cycle way.

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland

The Souter Saunter 

Take the Souter Saunter and discover much more than a lighthouse standing alone on the coast.

A boy and girl sit on the grass looking at an insect they have found

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Souter  

Tick some mini-adventures off your list.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Eating and shopping

A selection of cakes and scones on the counter at Souter Lighthouse cafe

Eating at Souter Lighthouse 

Take time out to indulge in delicious refreshments in the Lighthouse Cafe or grab a snack on the go from our kiosk on The Leas. Browse our second hand bookshop for your next good read, perfect with a cuppa and cake.

A child pours whisked eggs from a jug into a mixing bowl while stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon.

Souter Lighthouse recipes 

A selection of our favourite recipes for you to make at home.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

What's on 

Upcoming events

Halloween trail and crafts: 30 & 31 October

Sat 30 Oct 2021
Let us help you get in the mood for Halloween.

COP26 guided walk - Coastal erosion and the South Tyneside coast: 3 November

Wed 03 Nov 2021
Discover what climate change could mean for the North East coast and how some effects might be mitigated.

COP26 Marsden Bay beach clean with SeaScapes: 4 November

Thu 04 Nov 2021
Join the SeaScapes team to clean the beach and chat climate issues.

Christmas craft fair: 27 & 28 November, 4 & 5 December

Sat 27 Nov 2021
All of your Christmas shopping under one roof!

Souter Trust10

Sun 28 Nov 2021
A monthly coastal 10k trail run.

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Souter Lighthouse: 4 - 24 December

Sat 04 Dec 2021
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Souter on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Places to stay

The exterior of Lighthouse Cottages 1 and 2, Tyne and Wear

Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage 1, Tyne & Wear

As part of the lighthouse, you’ll be a stone’s throw from the coast.

The exterior of Lighthouse Cottages 1 and 2, Tyne and Wear

Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage 2, Tyne & Wear

A cliff top cottage neighbouring the iconic lighthouse.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas


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Schoolchildren in a classroom work on a craft activity

Learning with Souter Lighthouse 

We've developed a series of learning activities, based at Souter Lighthouse or in school.

An artist's impression shows the imagined interior of the planned new Whitburn Coastal Conservation Centre, with views towards Souter Lighthouse

Plans for new Whitburn Coastal Conservation Centre  

Discover more about our vision for an eco-friendly visitor and learning centre in Whitburn Coastal Park. A small building with big ideas.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Join or give

A migrating red breasted flycatcher is held in a hand during a bird ringing event

We need your support 

Our natural world and places of historic beauty are at serious risk. Give today and together, we can help nature recover, bring people closer to it, and ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all. Thank you for your continued support.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas on the National Trust Collections website