The lighthouse started operating in 1871 and was, at the time, the most advanced in the world.
You can explore the lighthouse, starting in the Engine Room. Learn about how lighthouses work through our very friendly guides, interpretation and navigational equipment.
See the family living quarters in the Victorian Keepers Cottage and climb the 76 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.
You can experience the fantastic views of Beaches and Coastline including, The Leas a 2 ½ miles stretch of beach, cliff and grassland with spectacular views and bird sanctuary. Watch the seabirds on the cliffs and around the great sea-stack of the infamous Marsden Rock.