- Tourist Attractions
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
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!
- Picnics Allowed
- Restaurant Onsite
- Parking Available On-site
Getting There and Contact Information
The Friends of St Marys Island, St Marys Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE26 4RS, England
Click here to visit St Marys Lighthouse's website
0191 200 8650
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Open daily, tides permitting.
Adult £3.15 Concession: £1.60 Family tickets from £7.30