Souter Point Lighthouse (South Shields)
Souter Lighthouse is just one of the National Trust’s properties in the North East. Opened in 1871, it was the first lighthouse to use alternating electric current
The engine room, light tower and keeper’s living quarters are all on view, and there is a video, model and information display. A ground-floor closed-circuit TV shows views from the top for those unable or unwilling to attempt the steep climb to the top.
Boldly painted in red and white hoops, Souter lighthouse opened in 1871 and was the first to use alternating electric current, the most advanced lighthouse technology of its day. The engine room, light tower and keeper’s living quarters are all on view, and there is a video, model and information display.
A ground-floor closed-circuit TV shows views from the top for those unable to climb. The Compass Room contains hands-on exhibits for all visitors, covering storms at sea, communication from ship to shore, pirates and smugglers, lighthouse life, lighting the seas and shipwreck. Immediately to the north is The Leas, 2½ miles of beach, cliff and grassland with spectacular views, flora and fauna.
Only 2 miles south of South Shields, Souter Lighthouse overlooks the cliffs of Marsden Bay, high above the rocks and notorious currents of the ‘Whitburn Steel’ that have wrecked dozens of ships and claimed the lives of many mariners.
You can explore the lighthouse, starting in the Engine Room. Learn about how lighthouses work through video, displays and a variety of navigational equipment. See the cramped living quarters and climb the seventy six steps to the top of the tower to enjoy wide views of the coastline, from the mouth of the Tyne to the Tees. Or you can enjoy the same view without leaving the ground floor by operating the remote controlled CCTV.