Logo for St. Mary's LighthouseGroup Visits to St. Mary's Island and Visitor Centre

Contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 200 8650

e-mail: StMarys.Lighthouse@northtyneside.gov.uk


Group Visits

When considering a visit to St. Mary's Island and Lighthouse, you are encouraged to talk with the wardens who are experienced in leading groups of all ages and can discuss timings, choice of activities and size of groups. The possible activities are many and varied and it is tempting to try and do a bit of everything. However, based on experience, we believe that it is more rewarding to spend more time on fewer activities. We can arrange flexible programmes for both full and half days and we aim to customise the visit to suit your own objectives. Once a booking has been made, we will send out a booking form confirming the details of the visit including a suggested time table of the day's proceedings.



A stranding does not mean a miscalculation on our part! It is when a group deliberately books to be on the island while the tide is in. It is an exciting opportunity for a more detailed insight into many aspects of life on an island. Stranding can only happen on certain days in the year and we will only book in one group per day.


Times and Tides

Remember that access to St. Mary's Island is dependent on the tides. General opening times for the lighthouse vary with the seasons but group visits are welcome throughout the year. We can usually also take bookings for out of school groups, (Brownies, Beavers, play schemes, etc.), on evenings, at weekends and in school holidays. Understandably, most visits take place in the summer term when, as we normally get fully booked, early reservation is recommended.

Fore everybody's comfort and safety we have a top limit on the number of the group members who we allow into the lighthouse buildings at any one time. However, groups at St. Mary's on days in the autumn and spring terms usually have the place to themselves and often enjoy good weather.


For wardened visits, groups up to approximately 100 can be accommodated. larger parties are usually divided into smaller groups and then the various activities are rotated. Warden time is allocated on a first come first served basis. If warden availability is limited, part of the visit may be self led, but materials can be provided by the wardens.

Map of the Island
Group Visits
Picture Gallery
Tyne Lives








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