Souter lighthouse

Souter lighthouse, South Shields: Hours, Address, Souter lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Souter lighthouse
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Stephen W
Whitley Bay, UK26 contributions
Smashing place to walk the dog (or just walk yourself!)
Sep 2020 • Couples
Souter Lighthouse looks like a proper lighthouse, red and white stripes, standing defiantly on top of a rugged coastline looking down on the cold North Sea.
It also has the distinction of being the world’s first electric powered lighthouse, so it’s worth the visit for that alone. But if you are a walker, or have a dog, the windswept coastal walks around the lighthouse are stunning! You could walk for a couple of hours around the area and there’s good car parking on site. Great place to visit.
Written September 25, 2020
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theharrogatelady
Harrogate, UK1,607 contributions
You can’t miss the stripes!
Mar 2020 • Couples
You cannot miss the bright red and white stripes of Souter! It sits just off the main road to South Shields from Seaburn. There is plenty of NT parking and it’s a very interesting lighthouse, especially with its history of being the first electric current lighthouse.
Written March 7, 2020
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Philip H
Whitehaven, UK57 contributions
An enlightening experience, trust me
Feb 2020 • Friends
Visit Souter lighthouse. Lovingly restored by the National Trust. I can remember when it was actually working. The foghorns regularly boomed out in the fog. The light could be seen 12miles out to sea. Easy access from the road between South Shields and Sunderland. Car park entrance is quite a way to the south side. Pay and display but trust members free. Also a great place to start your walk along the Leas, the cliff tops also preserved by the trust. You can walk and see Marsden Rock, and then have some refreshment in the Grotto, a pub in a cliff cave! But the lighthouse, inside see the original machinery and then climb to the top for the amazing view. Not for the feint hearted or unfit. A lot of steep stairs, hope you have a head or heights, the final section is almost a ladder about the height of a house! At the top on a clear day you can see miles along the coast or out to sea. The original fresnel lens is there still. This was the first lighthouse lit by electricity, an arc light. There are plans for the foghorn to be restored to working order, hope they warn the neighbours. Finally back on the ground see the lighthouse keepers cottage, then through the typical Trust shop and visit the cafe. This is a treat. . Hot food and drink and don’t miss the locally baked produce. The “singing hinnies” are a must. ( if you don’t know what they are then visit Souter). Outside if the weather is nice is a huge picnic area and “wild garden” for the kids to explore. You don’t have to be a Trust member to visit the cafe.
Written March 7, 2020
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Dawn J
South Shields, UK6 contributions
Lovely Soup
Feb 2020 • Solo
Went for a walk along the Leas and stopped here for Lunch. Home made soup was delicious. Only 4 stars because they seemed a little overwhelmed and were struggling a bit to keep up with orders. It was very busy. First sunny day wed had for a while bought everyone out.
Written March 6, 2020
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LiverpoolBoy65
Liverpool24 contributions
What a surprise!
Feb 2020
We visited the lighthouse not sure what to expect but were blown away by it to be honest- very informative and interesting and great staff too.Nice cafe on site also.If you're not far away then just visit it!
Written March 3, 2020
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D10genes
Cardiff, UK85 contributions
Great visit, fascinating to see how a lighthouse works close up
Feb 2020
We took the grandkids to Souter and after a walk along the coast top dropped into the lighthouse. The guides are very knowledgeable and are very happy to answer the kids' questions and engage in more detailed technical discussion for anyone with a technical inquisitiveness. The climb to the lamp is, as would be expected a steep one, especially near the top.
Written February 24, 2020
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Gary C
South Shields, UK113 contributions
Worth a Visit
Nov 2019 • Couples
The world's first lighthouse to be purpose built for electric light has to be worth a visit. Have done the tour in the past which is worth doing. Nice on site cafe and gift shop. All the staff are friendly and helpful.
Stunning views of the coast.
Written November 26, 2019
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Tony Leather
South Shields, UK5 contributions
Summer fun!
Jul 2019
Visited in July when various sports activities were being organised for summer holidays. We were planning a small putting course and leading clubs/balls fro crazy golf course (arrived Bank Holiday weekend). Good parking (important to get a ticket at machine) and plenty of open space. Excellent coffee/tea room which serves snacks/meals. Staff all friendly and helpful
Written November 16, 2019
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Jonathan B
York, UK373 contributions
Interesting Attraction
Oct 2019
Souter lighthouse is a good place to spend an hour or so and well worth a visit.

The display rooms, including the old generator room and a lightkeeper's cottage, are very good and the NT gift shop and cafe are as you would expect.

The climb up the lighthouse is worth doing and not too high. I found the guide at the top very informative on the light and the surrounding area.

I don't like heights and found the descent a little challenging. The answer for me was to walk down the steps backwards so I couldnt see down!
Written November 7, 2019
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Valerie D
4 contributions
Amazing views
Sep 2019 • Family
This is the place for families, couples, or just walking by yourself, the views of the coastline is superb, ideal walking and seeing plants and birds along the way, the lighthouse and staff are lovely and to finish have tea an cream scone in their lovely cafe
Written November 6, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM