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The Coast

The North East Coast is located a few miles east of NewcastleGateshead and is linked by a number of Metro stations, bus routes and direct roads. The Coast boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK and is dotted by a number of charming towns and villages, making it an ideal destination for a family day out or romantic weekend away.

Tynemouth is one of the region's most popular seaside villages and has plenty of things to do all year round. Take a Metro to Tynemouth Station on a Saturday or Sunday to visit the famous Tynemouth Market, where you can pick up toys, books, clothing and bric and brac, alongside delicious street food and locally roasted coffee while Tynemouth's Green Ginger Arcade, offers a variety of independent boutiques, as well as an authentic 1950s-style diner.

The historic Priory and Castle provides a dramatic backdrop to fun and games on the beaches below while the selection of cafes and restaurants in Tynemouth are sure to provide some much needed nourishment after a long walk along the beach. From the famous Riley's Fish Shack in King Edward's Bay to Crusoe's coffee shop and Longsands Fish and Chips, you'll be sure to get your fill of delicious sea food freshly caught in the North Sea.

Looking for active things to do in Tynemouth and the surrounding areas? The Tynemouth Surf Co. and Longsands Surf School offer surfing lessons for all ages and abilities while yoga classes and fitness groups that make the most of the pristine sands in the warmer months. Either on two wheels or by sea, local outdoor activity company Cullercoats Bike & Kayak offers seaside escapades to explore some of the most beautiful British coastline around.

Wander further up the coast towards Northumberland and you'll find a stretch of quaint coastal towns including Whitley Bay, Blyth, Cullercoats and Seahouses. Venture to Bamburgh to get a glimpse of the regions' history at the famous Bamburgh Castle which overlooks the sea or sample the famous smoked kippers fished from the bay at Craster.

Tynemouth's Bluereef Aquarium is the perfect spot on a rainy day, while Whitley Bay's 19th century St Mary's Lighthouse and Island provides spectacular views over the rocky coast in the summer, allowing bird-spotters to indulge in some coastal twitching.

A day out to the Coast can help you make the most of your visit to NewcastleGateshead, giving you the opportunity to see for yourself the beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline that make the North East so unique.

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