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St. Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

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Address: St. Marys Island | St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS, England
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+44 191 200 8650

Reached between the tides via a short causeway, St. Mary's has all the...

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 The Lighthouse, completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques.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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Just love this place worth a visit there is a cafe but you can only reach it when the tide is out ... Seals in view at times

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just love this place worth a visit there is a cafe but you can only reach it when the tide is out ... Seals in view at times

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited st Mary's lighthouse with 4 year old and 1 year old. Good car parking. Easy to get across to island by walking. Free admission for children and just over £3 for me. We all managed to get up to the top of the lighthouse. Very steep final flight of steps but we all managed to get up them (baby... More 

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Wallsend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I walked along the cliff path from Seaton Sluice, past Collywell Bay tk the lighthouse. Some excelkent photo opportunities. Visitor centre only open at low tide so llan your visit withvyhat in mind. Followingbyour visit,continue your walk into Whitley Bay along the beach

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an easy place to visit as you can get pretty close by car and there is plenty of room for parking. Good place to go to take photos - even in February.

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Mirfield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Tynemouth recently and went to Whitley Bay and walked along the sea front to the lighthouse. The tide was out but the visitors centre was closed. My parents used to take us on holiday here when I was a boy and it brought back many happy memories. We had a bracing walk and enjoyed our visit

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit - not too busy - climbed right to the top Loads of seals on the rocks. A fantastic day out

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to visit for some very good photo opportunities, especially of sunset and or moon rise. There is a large car park right next to the lighthouse or it is easily accessible by foot from the surrounding area.

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Apparently, this is the most photographed building in the world? I can understand why, catch the light right and also with a good sunset it's an amazing photo shot. You can access the lighthouse and worth going to the top for the views but be carefull not to get caught out by the tides as it covers the causeway that... More 

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Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

i been to lighthouse loads ov times we went with radio club we had Arial on top ov it you can climb up to top ov lighthouse 3 60 view there is a nice shop next to lighthouse there is normally a fish chip van in car park and ice cream van it is a pound to go up lighthouse... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Didn't get to use hide at back as we'd hoped as there was scaffolding up and whole area around lighthouse looked a bit neglected. Great to see new railings being installed on promenade leading up to it tho', they look absolutely fantastic and a huge improvement on the dangerous rusting railings that were there.

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