Marsden Bay


Over the years the mighty North Sea has fashioned the coastline into dramatic cliffs and bays with stacks and caves to explore throughout the year. Marsden Bay is home to one of England's most important seabird colonies with thousands of pairs of Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gulls and Cormorants. For an unusual lunch or refreshment stop take the lift or the cliff stairs to the Marsden Grotto pub. The pub was hewn out of the rocks at a time when smugglers roamed the shores. Legends of smugglers, wrecks and colourful characters abound. The ghost of John the Jibber, who died a long and lingering death, suspended in a bucket halfway down the cliff face after betraying fellow smugglers to the Customs Men is said to haunt Marsden Bay.
The rocks, formed almost 250 million years ago, are Permian Magnesium Limestone and are of great interest to geologists world-wide. The limestones were originally formed as muds on the floor and flanks of shallow tropical sea that stretched from Greenland to eastern Poland, at a time when Britain lay deep within a great continent only just north of the Equator.

Opening Times

Marsden Bay (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)



Map & Directions

Road Directions

From A1(M) take the A194 then the A1300 to South Shields. At the coast turn right on to the A183 Coast Road and park in the first car park on the left.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest Metro station is South Shields and the E1 bus from South Shields to Sunderland stops at Marsden Bay. Main line railway station Newcastle.

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