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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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Simply lovely

We were staying at the nearby Caravan Club site Old Hartley and walked over the cliff tops and down... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Stockport, United Kingdom
Still as beautiful now as it was over 35 years ago

We used to visit St Mary's Lighthouse every year whilst on our annual holiday to Feather's Caravan... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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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 The Lighthouse, completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques.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 4 days ago

We were staying at the nearby Caravan Club site Old Hartley and walked over the cliff tops and down to the causeway. It was a lovely walk, many people were walking over and back. Children were enjoying crabbing in the rock pools and time on...More

Thank Teano
Reviewed 6 days ago

We used to visit St Mary's Lighthouse every year whilst on our annual holiday to Feather's Caravan Park. I would just like to say it is still as beautiful as it was years ago, but the added bonus this time was watching the seals from...More

Thank BBaby2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a morning visit to light house it's beautiful! The views are amazing on land and up top what a unique feature to walk to an island with so much detail. We also signed up for a rock pooling morning never having done anything...More

Thank hannahmills903
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to the lighthouse when visiting Whitley bay.It was a lovely day and the views were glorious.We didn't see the seals basking but did spot a few in the water.Its worthwhile taking binoculars.

1  Thank margareta123212016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we were staying at the nearby caravan park at Whitley Bay, this stunning lighthouse was only a short walk away. We set off down the path and a trio of signs gave us detailed information about St Mary's lighthouse and the nature reserve etc....More

Thank Yvonne U
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit at low tide, to walk across to the lighthouse, on our visit saw three seals playing close to the rocks lovely to watch, also spotted a large heron, plenty of car parking and benches to enjoy the view but also a...More

Thank Shirley H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic day out if you're in the are. Having this on my families doorstep is fabulous!! Great little spot, child friendly! I took my 5 year old daughter and she loves it!! Walking across, there are plenty of rock pools for the children to look...More

Thank kirsty h
Reviewed 1 week ago

had a great time, here went up to top,good area for picnic watch out for the seals they lovely,worth a look at low tide

Thank bea l
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to go for a browse, great car parking possibly one if the must see things,when visiting this area.

Thank author55
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited as a family of four twice within a few days. During the first visit the tide was out so we made it to the island and lighthouse. The lighthouse is pretty standard and could do with a bit of TLC but our young...More

Thank Susan W
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Helen K
9 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