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Tynemouth

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The picturesque village of Tynemouth stands at the mouth of the River Tyne with a history that dates back hundreds of years. Tynemouth has been occupied and strategically important since the days of the Roman Empire. Standing guard over the mouth of the river and at the end of Front Street is Tynemouth Priory and Castle. The site, now managed by English Heritage, has been a coastal defence for centuries. An Anglian monastery stood on the site as far back as the 9th Century and the castle dates from the 13th Century. The site is the burial place of saints and kings of the Old Kingdom of Northumbria. The coastal defences were used as recently as World War II and the gun batteries are on display.

Tynemouth Front Street is the focal point of the village today with some architecturally stunning buildings, many of them Grade II listed and with a fascinating history. With the development of the railways, Tynemouth became a fashionable day trip destination in the late 19th Century with visitors attracted to the golden sandy beaches. Today the village still has an appeal to visitors who are drawn to its stunning location, fabulous history and its beaches and attractions. Front Street has a number of places to eat and drink whether it is a coffee and a cake, a traditional pub lunch or a bistro evening meal. It also has some interesting independent shops, many of which are in Green Ginger Arcade, a converted church.

The walk along the seafront to Cullercoats and beyond to Whitley Bay is relaxing and is rewarded with some fine views, perhaps the best being the majestic sweep of Tynemouth Longsands with St George's Church in the background. There are a number of attractions in and around Tynemouth offering fun for all the family. Blue Reef Aquarium has an amazing range of sea life on display including seahorses, sharks and stingrays as well as otters, seals and a colony of monkeys. Tynemouth Park is home to a range of family attractions including Lost World Adventure Golf, a dinosaur themed mini golf course and Zero Ice Park. There is also a boating lake with pedalos available to hire. Opposite the park, Childhood Memories Toy Museum is home to thousands of toys from days gone by and is wonderful trip down memory lane.

Popular with visitors and locals alike is the walk along Tynemouth Pier. The fresh sea air and the views back towards Tynemouth and across the river are well worth it. Nearby to the pier on a headland known as the Spanish Battery is the Tyne Volunteer Life Brigade Museum. The brigade was the first of its kind in the world and was formed to save lives following a shipwreck on the notorious Black Midden Rocks. The museum is home to some artefacts of rescues and stories of bravery. Nearby is Collingwood Monument. The statue is of Lord Collingwood, a local hero who oversaw British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar following Lord Nelson's death. The canons at the base of the monument are from his flagship, the Royal Sovereign.

Tynemouth has two glorious golden sandy beaches. Tynemouth Longsands is a mile long golden sandy beach which is popular with visitors for walking, sports, relaxing and much more. King Edward's Bay nestles underneath Tynemouth Priory & Castle. Longsands has gained a reputation as a popular watersports destination with people travelling from around the region to ride the waves. National Surfing Championships have been staged on the beach and there are a number of surf shops to hire equipment and who also provide lessons. Stand up paddle boarding also takes place here and taster sessions are available to introduce you to the sport.

There are a number of fun events in Tynemouth throughout the year, the highlight being the Mouth of the Tyne Festival staged in the village each July. Front Street throngs with visitors who come to see world class street entertainment and there is live music in the grounds of Tynemouth Priory & Castle.

 

 

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 right.

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 right.

From Whitley Bay seafront head to Tynemouth following the seafront bearing right onto Front Street.

Public Transport Directions

Tynemouth Metro Station is a 2-minute walk from Front Street. The centre of newcastle (via North Shields and Wallsend) has a journey time of approximately 30 minutes. Tynemouth is also served by a number of bus routes.

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