Newcastle upon Tyne Journals

The Sea, The Sea

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A travel journal to Newcastle upon Tyne by michaelhudson

Souter Lighthouse Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England More Photos
Quote: The beaches of North and South Tyneside are among the cleanest in the UK with five of the country's 83 Blue Flags for the highest standards of convenience and cleanliness.

The Sea, The Sea

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Tynemouth Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Tyne's and Wear’s beaches stretch from Whitley Bay in the north down to Roker in the south. The finest beaches are Longsands in Tynemouth and Sandhaven in South Shields, which is at the end of a wonderful coastal path running from Seaburn via Souter Lighthouse and Marsden Bay. Tynemouth still has its Victorian station and the wonderful Front Street, lined with specialist shops and pubs and ending in the ruins of a castle and priory that stand on the headland above the sheltered sands of King Edward’s Bay. The more bustling South Shields has its own Roman fort, muse...Read More

Tynemouth Castle and Priory

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Tynemouth Castle and Priory Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Entering through the Gift Shop to the right of the huge iron portcullis the first sight straight ahead is of the 73-ft high south wall of the old presbytery, the ruined, gaping holes of which marvellously accentuate intricate arches and pointed windows through which the swirling sea swells back and forth against the concrete defences below. Eroded rocks and weathered walls dot the grassy expanse, revealing ancient boundaries and long forgotten buildings. Huge columns rise beside the thick walls before abruptly fading into nothingness, while small doorways lead to open-roofed rooms circled by walls that jut out of nowhere. Elongated oval windows stretch to the sky and a pair of heavy wooden doors push ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

Tynemouth Castle and Priory
Tynemouth
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE30 4BZ
+44 (191) 257 1090

Tynemouth Castle and Priory

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Tynemouth Castle and Priory Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Framed by sea and sand, castles, and chip shops, Tynemouth's gorgeous swirl of curving Victorian terraces and tree-lined Georgian avenues start 6 miles east of Newcastle on the north bank of the River Tyne. A designated conservation area, the village still follows a medieval street pattern and boasts some of the cleanest beaches in the country.Tynemouth station, first built in 1882 and Grade II-listed since the late 1970s, is the gateway to the faded grandeur of the surrounding village. Every 10 minutes, red and yellow metro trains stop below the elegant wrought iron and glass roof, held up by ornately carved beams winding up to red brick chimneys and cloudy skies. Double footbridges arch between w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

Tynemouth Castle and Priory
Tynemouth
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE30 4BZ
+44 (191) 257 1090

Tynemouth's Beaches

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Tynemouth's Beaches Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Of the three beaches in Tynemouth the appropriately named Longsands, which stretches for almost a mile in front of Grand Parade, is by far the biggest. Popular since the 1820s, bathers once flocked to an open air mineral spring located at the southern tip of the beach. The spring has since been converted into a rock pool, while more than a century of Bank Holiday masses trampling on the beach itself has left it almost totally flat. Together with the nearby King Edward's Bay Longsands was awarded a Blue Flag this summer, making both excellent spots for swimming and surfing as long as you can tolerate the icy North Sea. King Edward's Bay, or Shortsands as it is locally known, arcs to the north of...Read More

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Tynemouth's Beaches

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

South Shields Seafront

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Trow Rocks Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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There is always plenty of life on and around the seafront, which has some of the best beaches in the region. The Promenade is divided into two, the North Promenade and South Promenade, the former starts at the Groyne where facilities are provided for those interested in water sports. Littlehaven Beach stretches from the Groyne to South Pier; this is the quieter, less crowded beach away from the funfair and amusement arcades, and referred to locally as the Little Beach. The beach consists of very fine light golden sand and is ideal for young families, throughout the summer weekly sandcastle building competitions and pirate treasure trails are held here to help entertain the kids, the san...Read More

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Attractions in South Shields

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South Shields Beach Photo, Tyne and Wear, England
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Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is located just off South Promenade at the north side of Sandhaven beach, offering the usual array of fairground rides alongside ‘white-knuckle’ thrillers such as the Pirate Ship, plus colourful and imaginative rides for younger children and a full range of amusement machines and video games. After the excitement of the fair you can enjoy a meal in one of the two traditional fish and chip restaurants or the American style diner; if you’re not ready for a meal there are toffee apple, candyfloss, ice cream and hot doughnut stalls. Every Monday from Easter and throughout the summer months the local evening newspaper, the Shields Gazette, has a voucher printed in it offering £20 ...Read More

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Marsden

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Marsden Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Marsden Bay lies on the South Tyneside coast between South Shields and Whitburn and it is dominated by one of the most magnificent rock formations in Britain. The most striking features of the bay are several magnesian limestone pillars formed due to erosion of the surrounding cliff by the sea. The largest pillar is known as Marsden Rock and stands over one-hundred feet high and was pierced by a natural arch; the pillar on one side of the arch was about one-hundred feet wide and the other pillar about two-hundred feet wide at its base; the rock is flat topped and at one time had a ladder fixed to its side to allow locals to reach the top, in the past a choir and a brass band have both performed con...Read More

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Marsden
Marsden
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Souter Lighthouse

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Souter Lighthouse Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Souter Lighthouse was designed by James Douglas and when it opened in January 1871 it was the first in the world to be powered by electricity, flashing a white light for five seconds of every thirty. Since its closure the Lighthouse has been taken over by the National Trust and has been renovated. It's now open to the public and tours include a visit to the Engine Room where you will find the machinery that powered both the light and foghorn, detailed manuals describing the workings of the Lighthouse, children’s activities and puzzles to help youngsters understand the importance of lighthouses and hold their interest plus short easy to understand descriptions of the machinery. In the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

Souter Lighthouse
The National Trust Coast Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
0191 5293161

Whitley Bay

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Whitley Bay Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Whitley Bay is dead, killed by cheap package holidays and decades of neglect. The fabulous white dome of the Spanish City still hovers over the seafront, but only as a sad indictment of where the town went wrong, a shell hiding a demolished fairground and a stalled regeneration plan. Rows of guesthouses and the odd decent restaurant line the streets running down from the metro station to the beach, though I’d struggle to think of any reason to visit the place, except for the wonderful St Mary’s Lighthouse. A white stick propping up the northern edge of the bay, the lighthouse was built at the end of the 19th century and stands on a rocky island above a huddle of red-roofed cott...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 1, 2005

Whitley Bay
Off the A191 from Newcastle
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE2 2TJ
+44 191 200 8535

Cullercoats

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Cullercoats Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Sandwiched between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, Cullercoats has been a popular holiday resort for over 200 years. Its small bay, backed by cliffs and Victorian bay windows and enclosed by two piers, was once a haven for smugglers, who hid in sea cut arches beside the pump pipes for the nearby salt pans on George’s Point. It’s hard to imagine today, but the village was once one of the best fish markets in the north of England after the coal and salt deposits finally ran out, home to a fleet of 80 small boats. It also housed an artists' colony, where Winslow Homer spent over a year in the late 19th century. Nowadays, it’s largely young children and the elderly who crowd the sands in front o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2005

Cullercoats

Newcastle upon Tyne, England