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St. Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

St. Marys Island | St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS, England
+44 191 200 8650
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Revisiting from childhood days

Well worth a visit. Climbing the lighthouse is fab. You'll need a good head for heights! There is a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Philip E
A pleasant Sunday stroll

The lighthouse makes for a nice Sunday stroll and there's a small tea shop to quench your thirst... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reached between the tides via a short causeway, St. Mary's has all the fascination of a miniature, part-time island. The Lighthouse, completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques. Since then the Lighthouse and former keepers' cottages have been operated as a visitor centre by North Tyneside Council. The surrounding Nature Reserve contains an area of rockpools, clifftop grassland, a beach and newly created wetland habitats.Wherever possible we are open seven days a week between May and September, and during weekends and school holidays in the winter. However, it is not possible for us 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.
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St. Marys Island | St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS, England
+44 191 200 8650
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth a visit. Climbing the lighthouse is fab. You'll need a good head for heights! There is a lot of interesting information about the life of a lighthouse keeper. Inside the lighthouse is a bit shabby - I really hope funds can be raised...More

Thank Philip E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lighthouse makes for a nice Sunday stroll and there's a small tea shop to quench your thirst before returning. And whilst the lighthouse looks handsome, it doesn't offer a stunning view.

Thank empathology
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice place to visit a lovely walk up to it from the caravan park! Would be lovely in the summer! Got a nice magnet souvenir too.

Thank Amy878787
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw this lighthouse as we neared our caravan park and went to explore the following day. Access is by a causeway so check the tide times but once across the views are stunning.

Thank Janet D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Always enjoy my visits to St. Mary's Lighthouse, a grade II listed building, no matter what the weather. A very nice, often bracing, walk to the lighthouse along the causeway from the car park. Great views along the coast, I can spend some time exploring...More

Thank allertonlad
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Before I was aware I was in the seal conservation area. Having read about baby seals diving over the cliff to avoid tourists I strongly believe this area should be cordended off from the public. The signage is inadequate and ignored. I only saw the...More

Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Really love the birdhide on the island. Great for sitting back and trying to spot of the rare wildlife that can appear.

Thank coastaltraveled
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We visited as we were stopping at Park Dean resorts just down the road, lovely views and the kids loved scrambling on the rocks, it wasn't open which was a shame. No seals to be seen as its colder season so littlest boy was abit...More

Thank aGemOfaMum
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I fondly remember my childhood days when this was a manually operated lighthouse These days it is still a working lighthouse warning the many ships in this busy shipping lane of the hazardous rocks that lie so carefully hidden beneath the dark, cold waters of...More

Thank diarykeeper
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely scenic little spot with literally something for everyone !amazing for photography and wildlife spotting with many varieties of sea birds and seals or lovely place to explore with children the fantastic rock pools and hidden little nooks or just a lovely little retreat to...More

Thank Julie P
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Helen K
8 April 2017|
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Response from Carol W | Reviewed this property |
137 steps going up and coming down - very hard on the knees as the stairs at the end are more like a ladder and are very steep. No hurry as long as it isn't busy.
Jillian F
29 October 2015|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
If you google the attraction there is a list of tides/crossing times online, but this does not mean the tea shop etc will be open but you can still walk round the lighthouse and have a scramble over the rocks
Dianne W
6 August 2015|
Response from Geordie112 | Reviewed this property |
We were concession £1.50 each,not sure for full price or family. Hope thus helps