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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
Phone Number: +44 191 200 8650
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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 The Lighthouse, completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques.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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Great fun for kids

We went to the lighthouse this summer for the first time. The beach around it is perfect for rockpookling with the kids- take wellies though! The lighthouse itself is lovely but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the lighthouse this summer for the first time. The beach around it is perfect for rockpookling with the kids- take wellies though! The lighthouse itself is lovely but anyone with a fear of heights don't even try to climb it! I got half way and backed down! The exhibition is sweet and the shop is nice too.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here a couple of times as we only love around the corner. Had a good few hours to ge the children some fresh air. It was out of season, but nevertheless a good day. Would highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

beautiful part of the world, north east england has a beautiful coastline and a trip to st marys lighthouse is a must

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its big, its white and has a lovely long walkway down through the rocks. And its bigger than that one down the road.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

St Mary's lighthouse has always been a favourite haunt of ours. So much sea life to see and the rock pooling is hours of fun for all the family.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Great view, slightly scary climb to the top but could see seals. Good visitor centre attached too! Would go again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Visited St Mary's lighthouse with my two 18 month old twins, very friendly and helpful staff, beautiful views over the North Sea. Enjoyable little visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Friday afternoon in Oct, so place was fairly quiet. Short walk over causeway and good photo opportunities on the way over. Staff at the visitor centre were great, both when buying tickets and afterwards when we bought some reasonably priced souvenirs - really friendly and chatty. The walk up to top of the lighthouse is well worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

it is clearly a photographers hot spot and there is lots of people taking photos - we went for the views a walk and for my photo addicted boyfriend to take photos- now one of out favourite places to go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We visited the lighthouse on an extremely windy and wet day. This made for spectacular waves crashing into the rocks! There is a small shop selling a few bits and bobs and you can go up the lighthouse for about £3. Apparently you can sometimes see seals and dolphins! Definitely worth a visit!

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