St Marys Lighthouse
St Mary's Lighthouse can be found on St Mary’s Island, a small ‘part time’ island that can only be reached by a short causeway that is covered by tides twice a day.
It has been a landmark on the coast for many years, guiding seafarers to safety, and now it’s a mini museum! Surrounded by a Nature Reserve, which is a mix of cliff top grassland, a beach, an area of rock pools, and newly created wetland habitats, so there is also plenty of wildlife to look out for. You may even see a seal!
The lighthouse and Visitor centre have a number of exhibits that explain the history of the lighthouse, and also provide information about the surrounding wildlife that can be found. If you are feeling brave, you can climb the 137 steps to the Lantern Room in the tower, which offers spectacular views along the North East coast of England. If you (or any of the kids) are not brilliant with heights, you may wish to take advantage of the live video facility that allows you to experience the same stunning panorama at ground level.
Visitors using wheelchairs, buggies and prams, may wish to use the ramp from the causeway to the island, which provides an easier approach. It is a good idea to check the tides timetable to prevent being stranded on the island when high tides cover the causeway!
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It may be worth checking out St Marys Lighthouse's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
The Friends of St Marys Island
St Mary's Lighthouse
Tyne and Wear
Telephone: 0191 200 8650
Senior Citizen or Child £1.45
Citizen or Child North Tyneside ease card discounts are available on the above.
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £6.50
Group prices on application Opening Times: 2014 Opening Details:
Tides timetable available online.
Wherever possible they are open seven days a week between May and September, and during weekends and school holidays in the winter. However, it is not possible to open on some days because of tidal conditions. The stated opening times can also be subject to variations on occasion due to weather affecting the times of the tide. Last paid admission to the visitor centre is 30 minutes before closing.
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