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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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Fantastic views

Long climb up and not good if you’re wary of heights but well worth the effort. The views are... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Walkersparadise
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South Shields, United Kingdom
Land mark of northeast

The light house worth visiting anytime. One of the most amazing place on the coast, was foggy day... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
shamz_02
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Birmingham, 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 The Lighthouse, completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques.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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“on the rocks” (61 reviews)
“rock pools” (91 reviews)
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St. Marys Island | St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS, England
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+44 191 200 8650
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Reviewed yesterday

Long climb up and not good if you’re wary of heights but well worth the effort. The views are fantastic and the small museum was very interesting. Plenty of rock pools for the younger generation to enjoy and a pleasant walk from the main centre.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The light house worth visiting anytime. One of the most amazing place on the coast, was foggy day, it’s not too windy

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a nice walk out to the lighthouse and paid to walk up to the top - definately worth the money the views are spectacular! If you have children it’s worth taking a bucket and net to do some rock pooling at the base...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

BEWARE You will more than likely enjoy your visit here I came with one of my children to take photos the time it took to walk to the causeway to check on the tide, I returned to find a parking ticket @ 5.50pm Bunch of...More

Thank anthdod
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great visit lots to see and you can climb to the top of the lighthouse, guides are very friendly and helpful. Beware of the rising tide, check crossing times before yopu go or you may get trapped and you dont want to call...More

Thank HamishTyne
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thought it was quite expensive but still enjoyable and interesting. Great views from the top and if your lucky you might see seals bobbing about in the sea.

Thank SteveLorro
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lighthouse can be seen for miles, it is a local landmark that is visited over and over again. Walking across the tidal walkway is always interesting and changing all the time due to the tides. Once on the island there is a small souvenir...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved seeing the dartmoor ponies as we walked to the lighthouse! Once on the island it was great to meet the SMSW team’

Thank Elaine R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on a very windy cold day. As we were around the back of the lighthouse to the bird watching area which is inside a little shed, the sun came out. We climbed up onto the benches and used the binoculars and then managed to...More

Thank janelledarwen
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

One of the most amazing place on the coast. You can visit island and surrounding area you never get bored very clean well looked after place in the summer time you can see seals resting on the rocks. I must say this place is star...More

1  Thank Sm K
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anthdod
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
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Anne G
7 April 2018|
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Response from Widlydidly | Reviewed this property |
Yes, on a leash. Note that on the land side of the island, near the car park there are two very good beach areas for running your dog.
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Helen K
8 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.
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