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Cullercoats

About

Cullercoats is a small village located between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. It has a fascinating history and the focal point of the village is its picturesque bay. The village was founded on the fishing and salt industries and also had a reputation as an artists' colony. Today Cullercoats is still visited by many who enjoy the golden sandy beach for recreation.

The salt industry thrived in Cullercoats with salt pans all around the bay. The high demand for salt as a preservative saw a new pier in place by the end of the 17th Century. The new pier also allowed the transportation of coal by sea and with the coal and salt industries flourishing Cullercoats was one of the busiest ports on the North East Coast.

In the early 1900s a number of local artists started to paint in Cullercoats and the village soon developed a reputation as an artists' colony. Artists such as Robert Jobling and John Falconar Slater painted many scenes that are recognisable today. In 1881 the American artists Winslow Homer arrived in Cullercoats and spent eighteen months living and working in the village, using the seascape as a theme and the fishwives as models. Homer is considered one of America's greatest artists and many of his works, some local, are in the collection of prestigious galleries and museums. A Cullercoats Art Trail has been published and is available in libraries and tourist information centres. Look out for two heritage signs that explain the significance of Homer's time in Cullercoats and its history as a haven for artists.

Today Cullercoats is popular with visitors who flock to the picturesque bay or to enjoy fish and chips overlooking it. There are also a number of places to enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal, all wine stunning views. The village has a number of interesting buildings including the Watch House which overlooks the bay and the scientifically important Dove Marine Laboratory.

Overlooking the North of Tynemouth Longsands is the architecturally stunning Grade I listed French-Gothic style St George's Church. The church is normally open to visitors during daylight hours. Designed by the renowned architect JL Pearson the church has some impressive stained glass windows and also an organ whose acoustic is admired and popular.

 

 

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Newcastle follow the A1058 Coast Road to Billy Mill roundabout. Continue on the A1058 Beach Road to the roundabout (Tynemouth Pool on right) and straight across on Beach Road to the next roundabout (Shell Garage on left). Continue straight on at the roundabout and at the next roundabout on the seafront turn left.From the South (Tyne Tunnel) follow the A19 to the first roundabout and turn right onto the A1058 Coast Road to Billy Mill roundabout. Continue on the A1058 Beach Road to the roundabout (Tynemouth Pool on right) and straight across on Beach Road to the next roundabout (Shell Garage on left). Continue straight on at the roundabout and at the next roundabout on the seafront turn left. From Whitley Bay seafront head to Cullercoats following the seafront.

Public Transport Directions

Cullercoats Metro Station is a 2-minute walk from the seafront and Cullercoats Bay. There are also a number of bus routes that operate to and from the village.

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