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A short distance away either a long walk or the bus. reached between the tides via a short causeway from the car park, St. Mary's has all the fascination of a miniature, part-time island.
Visitors can climb the 137 steps inside the tower to the lantern room to enjoy spectacular views along the North East coast of England. If you cannot manage the steps, a live video facility allows you to experience the same panorama at ground level.

Other exhibits explain the history of the lighthouse and provide insights about the wildlife outside. The small, yet important Nature Reserve comprises rock pools, a beach, freshwater ponds and clifftop grassland and provides habitats for a rich variety of marine life and spectacular flights of resident and migrating seabirds and waders...

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.


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.

Directions: North of Whitley Bay on the way to Blyth
Website: http://www.friendsofstmarysisland.co.uk

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  • Written Nov 13, 2011
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