North Shields Fish Quay
Tyne & Wear
Tel: +44 0191 200 5164
North Shields Fish Quay dates back to the 13th Century and has a fascinating history. In 1225 a village of shielings (fisherman's huts) developed where the Fish Quay stands today. North Shields took it's name from the shielings and the fact it stands on the north bank of the River Tyne. There are a number of historic buildings, notably Clifford's Fort, built in 1672 as a coastal defence against the Dutch. Significant investment and regeneration has rejuvenated the Fish Quay in recent years. It is still a working quay today and has a thriving business community and is popular with visitors.
Traditional seafood businesses, many who have been on the quay for years, including wet fish shops operate alongside newer businesses including web design and marketing and public relations companies. There is a vibrant social scene on the Fish Quay with a wide range of places to eat, from traditional fish restaurants to stylish brasseries. You can even enjoy fish and chips out of the wrapper overlooking the River and watching the ships pass by. There is also a good choice of pubs both old and new that will always make you feel welcome serving real ales and fine wines.
Perfect for a leisurely stroll or a voyage of discovery on its history, the Fish Quay is a short walk from North Shields town centre and is also served by bus routes. The promenade that stretches east from the quay towards the Mouth of the River Tyne is a nice walk with superb views of the river entrance, the piers and Collingwood Monument. It eventually brings you to a headland known as the Spanish Battery where the magnificent Tynemouth Priory & Castle comes into view.
The history of the Fish Quay is told through a series of interpetation panels from the ferry landing to Clifford's Fort explaining the history of many landmark buildings, telling some interesting stories and explaining how the Fish Quay developed from humble beginnings to the present day. Look out for some marine buoys, now part of North Tyneside Council's public art programme. The reclaimed buoys have been painted and now act as waymarkers for the National Cycle Network routes that pass along the Fish Quay.
The climb up the stairs from the Fish Quay to Tyne Street is rewarded with magnificent views up and down the river. A short walk away is Dockwray Square where there is a statue of comic legend Stan Laurel. Stan lived in North Shields as a boy where his father was a theatre manager.
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