Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

The red and white striped tower of Souter Lighthouse against a bright blue sky, with orange and red tulips in the foreground
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Things to see and do 

A young child rides a bike across grass on a sunny day

Let’s get your future cyclists started 

Will you be able to keep up with your children once they’ve learnt to cycle? Come along to Souter and borrow one of our free balance bikes – the perfect way to help your future cyclists learn how to ride, in beautiful, traffic free surroundings.

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.

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The Souter Saunter, Sunderland 

Take The Souter Saunter and explore the coast at a relaxed pace. Discover the site of a lost village, take in a nature reserve and do some wildlife watching along the way.

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What's on 

Visitors with helmets and head torches on a guided tour of Smallcleugh Mine, Nenthead

Going underground with Pinpoint Adventure 

Special offsite event: a rare opportunity to explore Smallcleugh Mine under the North Pennines at Nenthead, Cumbria.

Upcoming events

Couch to 5k

Wed 26 Jun 2019
Perfect for anyone new to running.

Great Run Local

Sun 30 Jun 2019
Free weekly 5k and 2k runs, open to all.

Parkinson's Power Health Walk

Tue 02 Jul 2019
A guided coastal walk for people living with Parkinson’s. In partnership with Parkinson's UK.


Sun 07 Jul 2019
Explore the coast from a thrilling new angle with Cullercoats Bike & Kayak.

Seashore safari

Sun 07 Jul 2019
Join a ranger and members of the Coastal Conservation Group to search the rockpools along Souter's shore.

Car Boot Sale

Sun 14 Jul 2019
Pick up a bargain or clear your clutter.
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Souter Lighthouse with foghorns installed 1907

Discover our history 

Built in 1871 Souter was the first lighthouse in the world purpose built to use electricity. Learn more about it and the treacherous seas, fog on the Tyne and the family legacy.

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Seabird at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Unearth our wildlife 

From seabirds to falcons and bee orchid to sea plantain there's plenty to discover on a visit to our special place.

An artificial sand martin nest bank with 140 holes overlooks a pond in Whitburn Point Local Nature Reserve

Saving Souter's sand martins 

An artificial nesting bank offers a safe haven for sand martins.

Tree sparrows feeding on seeds

Tree sparrows take flight at Souter 

One of Britain’s most endangered birds has bounced back from the brink at Whitburn Coastal Park.

A storm petrel which has landed on the ground at The Leas at night

Stormies over Souter 

Once a year, under the cover of darkness, some very special overseas visitors arrive on The Leas.

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Venue hire

A unique venue for your event at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Celebrate with us 

Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary or wedding. Let our special place be the backdrop to your occasion.

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Places to stay

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas


A child looks at his reflection in a large glass lens in the lantern room of Souter Lighthouse

Learning at Souter Lighthouse 

A beacon of learning for groups of all ages

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Get involved

A volunteer works on a boardwalk across a pond at Souter Lighthouse

Volunteering at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas 

You can give the gift of time as a volunteer at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

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