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Tynemouth Priory and Castle


Tynemouth Castle and Priory was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun out.

The interactive 'Life in the Stronghold' exhibition takes you on an exciting journey. It tells the story of the site from its original beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, an Anglican monastery, a royal castle, artillery fort and a coastal defence. The newly refurbished battery gun was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars and can be explored.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.90 per ticket type
Child£3.50 per ticket type
Concession£5.30 per ticket type
Family£15.30 per ticket type

FREE to all English Heritage members.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - To access disabled drivers’ car park (10 cars), drive up causeway from Front Street, through castle gatehouse and turn right. Visitors parking in village face a 150m uphill walk and 70m of cobbles at gatehouse. Ticket office is in gatehouse.
  • Ramp / Level Access - Access to castle gatehouse and grounds: Most parts accessed on firm, level path, except gun battery and within gatehouse (steps at entrance). More steps inside. Two wheelchairs available. Access to priory: 40m of smooth grass; manual wheelchair users may wish to bring an assistant.
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.As with opening arrangements
  • Max group size - 200
  • Min group size - 11
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Free 'meet and greet' tour from staff available. Please book two weeks in advance on 0191 257 1090.

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Tynemouth Metro.


  • Visit England Code of Practice 2014

Opening Times

23 Feb - 31 Mar (23 Feb 2019 - 31 Mar 2019)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change