Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Evening sun on Souter Lighthouse, Tyne and Wear
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.

A couple walking near Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland 

Take a saunter along the coastline near Souter Lighthouse, and discover a landscape full of hidden history. Once the site of a busy mining community, these cliffs are now home instead to the solitary lighthouse and thousands of nesting seabirds.

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What's on 

A collage based around Kick Off, including a scarf, female footballers and a pie

Kick Off - a new contemporary art and sports project 

Throughout 2020, we will be exploring and celebrating the role of women in society through Kick Off, a collaborative women’s football art project by duo Davina Drummond and Yara El-Sherbini.

Black and white historic image of Marsden village next to Souter Lighthouse on the cliff tops

Marsden Memories exhibition 

Voices of former residents take you back in time to the 'lost village' of Marsden in an immersive experience.

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

Parkinson's Power Health Walk

Tue 19 Nov 2019
14:00-15:30
A guided coastal walk for people living with Parkinson’s. In partnership with Parkinson's UK.

Couch to 5k

Wed 20 Nov 2019
18:15-19:45
Perfect for anyone new to running.

Christmas crafts

Sat 23 Nov 2019
11:00-16:00
Kids can channel their Christmas excitement into designing and making festive crafts.

Great Run Local

Sun 24 Nov 2019
09:30-11:00
Free weekly 5k and 2k runs, open to all.

Special offsite event: Underground lead mine adventure

Sun 01 Dec 2019
09:45-15:30
A tour of Smallcleugh Mine, Nenthead, Cumbria

Father Christmas comes to Souter

Sun 01 Dec 2019
12:00-13:30
Father Christmas makes his annual visit to Souter.
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History

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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Wildlife

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.

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.

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Learning

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

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.

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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