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School visits and learning at Souter Lighthouse

Children learning through hands on activities at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear
Learning through hands-on activities at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Bring the classroom to Souter Lighthouse. We welcome pre-booked school groups and offer a wide range of activities to inspire children and explore the local heritage and wildlife. Discover the hands-on workshops and outdoor activities available and how to book a visit for your school group.

Explore Souter Lighthouse

Book a school visit to Souter Lighthouse and explore the first ever purpose-built electric lighthouse.

Pupils can climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower and visit Keeper’s Cottage to discover how a trainee lighthouse keeper lived in the 1950s. Inquiring minds can find out how the Engine Room provided power for the whole station and the foghorn too. And everyone can have some fun with hands-on activities in the exhibition.

Optional activity sessions

To make your school visit even more interactive, we can also arrange 'Wildlife Reporter' activity sessions. There are several options available including arts and crafts, mini-beast hunting, birdwatching and rock pooling (tide dependent).

We also offer the option of a staff leader at an additional charge of £30.

We'll be happy to work with you to tailor your visit according to your requirements wherever possible.


We ask that all school bookings are requested at least at least four weeks in advance so that we can make sure everything is prepared for your visit.

We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students, depending on the optional activity.

Get in touch about bringing a school group to Souter Lighthouse

For more information and to book your group visit, email Amelia Gray

Education Group Access Pass

Schools or education groups can benefit from an Education Group Access Pass (formerly Education Group Membership or EGM), which gives the whole group free admission and parking at most of the places in our care for a year.

Please note: this must be purchased prior to your visit to ensure you get free entry on the day.

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