Shine a light into history at Souter Lighthouse

South Shields, Tyne and Wear

The world’s very first electric lighthouse, this iconic landmark has proudly stood guard over the northeast coastline for nearly 150 years.

The striking red and white hoops of Souter Lighthouse are visible for miles along the dramatic coastline of northeast England. Its location on the beautiful cliff tops may seem very calm now, but when the lighthouse first opened in 1871 it was a marvel of its age, and a welcome sight for brave boatmen working in the ferocious North Sea. Now decommissioned, it’s a captivating site to explore. 

See the lighthouse’s machinery in the fascinating engine room. Learn about life as a lighthouse keeper in the reconstructed keeper’s cottage. Then climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower, where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the seascape below.

Souter Lighthouse is 13 miles (20km) by road from Newcastle, which is itself 2 hours 50 minutes from London by train.

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