Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Red and white striped Souter Lighthouse stands against a deep blue summer sky.
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

Visit Souter Lighthouse's café and second hand bookshop 

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

Tuesday health walk

Tue 05 Jul 2022
A gentle guided stroll. Free.

Wednesday health walk

Wed 06 Jul 2022
Explore the coast on a free guided walk.

Seashore safari: 16 & 31 July, 14 & 30 August

Sat 16 Jul 2022
Join a ranger and members of the Coastal Conservation Group to search the rockpools along Souter's shore.

Car boot sale: 15 May, 19 June, 17 July, 21 August, 18 September

Sun 17 Jul 2022
Pick up a bargain or clear your clutter.

Summer of sport: Mondays & Wednesdays, 25 July - 31 August

Mon 25 Jul 2022
Have a go at outdoor games and mini-sports activities for all the family including football, badminton and archery.

Moth and storm petrel night: 30 July

Sat 30 Jul 2022
Meet some of Souter’s nocturnal wildlife.
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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


Souter Lighthouse and The Leas


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 of the exterior of a small modern visitor centre with a living roof.

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.

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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