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Getting there

The lighthouse is situated two miles north of Whitley Bay town centre, just off the A193 on the way to Blyth. Whitley Bay is signposted from the A19 and can also be easlily reached from Newcastle along the A1058.

By Public Transport

The Metro system can take you as far as Whitley Bay where you can continue by bus from Park Avenue. The 308 'Blyth' bus travels every 15 minutes from Newcastle, the 301 every 30 minutes and the 310 every hour. You should alight at Whitley Bay Cemetery and then a walk of 15 minutes will take you along the promenade and across the causeway to the island.

Parking

There are two large, pay and display car parks, able to accomomdate coaches, on the mainland. One of the car parks has a public toilet.

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Opening times

St.Mary's Lighthouse & Visitor Centre

Wherever possible we are open seven days a week between April and October and during week-ends and school holidays in the winter. However, it is not possible for us to open on some days due to tidal conditions.

Opening Times 2012-13

The stated opening times can also be subject to variations on occasion due to the weather, which can affect the times of the tide. Click the icon on the left to view opening times for 2012-2013. (View 2011-2012)

Rockpool Rambles

The staff at St. Mary's Lighthouse run Rockpool Rambles for children and families during the school holidays. These are suitable for 5 year-olds and upwards and last about an hour. They cost £2 per person and provide lots of hands-on fun!

Other special events and Family Fundays will be arranged during the year. Please view our News & Events page or contact us for further information or to pre-book if you are planning on bringing a large group.

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Admission charges

Adult...............................................................
£2.60
Senior Citizens...............................................
£1.35
North Tyneside EASE Card Discounts are available on the above.
Family ticket...................................................
£5.75
(2 adults and 2 children)

Group prices on application.

Group Visits

Bookings are welcome from coach operators, schools, colleges and youth and community groups, and we can offer a wide range of programmes to suit your individual requirements.

A warden service is available by prior arrangement and private group visits outside of normal opening hours can also be arranged. Please telephone for details of facilities for meetings, training events and children’s parties.

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