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St. Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

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A visit that we all enjoyed

We all went down to the car park one night about half past seven and walked out to the lighthouse... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Susan E
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Great place for rook pooling and a great view from above.

Loved this place for rock pooling with the kids, and shell collecting. The light house too is great... read more

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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 The Lighthouse, completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by...more
St. Marys Island | St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS, England
+44 191 200 8650
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We all went down to the car park one night about half past seven and walked out to the lighthouse while the tide was out ,you can get a train out too from further along beach the children loved looking in the rock pools and...More

Thank Susan E
Reviewed yesterday

Loved this place for rock pooling with the kids, and shell collecting. The light house too is great and a fantastic view from the top over the Bay. Well worth the nominal sum payable.

Thank 268Glasgow
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful spot with great views, nice place to hang out on a summers day, theres an ice cream van and burger van there for food, sometimes you can see the seals on the rocks from the lighthouse.

Thank jjs365
Reviewed 4 days ago

The walk out to the lighthouse is enjoyable, plenty of rock pools to explore and the gift shop is okay. The camera at the bottom of the lighthouse is great for spotting seals on the rocks as is the hyde outside with binoculars but the...More

Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 6 days ago

As it was a lovely day, my wife and I walked from Whitley Bay along the coast to the lighthouse. We checked the tide times as you cannot visit here at high tide as you can only access it over a walkway that is under...More

Thank saltburn51
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love visiting here when we’re up north, you can go to the island and lighthouse or you can walk on the promenade, walk around the coast line, go looking in rock pools or just sit and take in the scenery with an ice cream...More

Thank susan b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend going to visitor centre shop and if able, to walk up 137 steps to top of the lighthouse. Magnificent views.

Thank avrilmccartney
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had two children aged 6 n 3 and a baby aged 4 months in a pram. The girls did some rock pool searching on way across.. youngest came across a dead seal that had been washed in - and this will be the one...More

Thank tracey d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whether you decide to visit the lighthouse itself or stay on the other side in Old Hartley, the views from the area are wonderful, easy walk over just watch you’re not caught out by the returning tide, yet to be fortunate enough to see the...More

Thank SharonJT67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic views from the top and lovely walks around the island. Lots of birds and seals to see and a great place for exploring the rocks. The visitor centre in the old keepers cottage at the foot of the tower is fascinating as well.

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9 July 2018|
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Response from RachaelStorey | Reviewed this property |
If you contact North Tyneside Council, they will be able to sort it.
15 April 2018|
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Response from david221b | Reviewed this property |
NO! My answer is based upon the fact that in January having checked the causeway time for the day we visited, the tide was "2hours" from coming in....We were parked next to the meter and we paid! Within 20 minutes the tide... More
Anne G
7 April 2018|
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Response from Julie P | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes dogs are allowed on the island if on a lead and there’s outdoor seating if you need to grab a cuppa from the cafe as I don’t think dogs are allowed into lighthouse and buildings hope this helps x