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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.


What's not to celebrate?

What's not to celebrate?

Join us on 19 July and help us celebrate our 25th anniversary. Souter was opened as a National Trust property on 19 July 1990 and we've welcomed over half a million visitors in that time. The lighthouse will be open until 10pm with Swedish singer Sofie Livebrant performing songs from her album Lighthouse Stories, inspired by Jeanette Wintersons’ novel Lighthousekeeping. We're switching the light on too.

Kites over Souter

The North East Kite Fliers return for the third Kites over Souter event in June - a spectacular display at a special place.

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Ranger blog

Check out what our Rangers and Coastal Conservation Group members have been busy with - they've got their very own blog.