South Shields Travel Guide

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South Shields Things to Do

  • Converse

    These 22 bronze life size sculptures were created in 1999 by the Spanish sculptor, Juan Munoz. The figures are located next to the Littlehaven hotel and represent his work titled 'Conversation piece' intended to greet visitors from land and sea. They converse with each other, with those that come to meet them and in turn become the subject of...

  • Helter Skelter

    South shields has a fairground which opens on Good Friday every year until the end of the summer. Providing your traditional candyfloss and fish and chips fayre it's the place to hang about if you're under the age of 16 or have kids that need entertaining.The rickety old roller coaster can hardly be called a white knuckle ride and the ghost train...

  • ART GALLERY - Find out something to do?

    Recently re-opened after a £1.4m refurbishment. Major collections in Social History & Art which are represented in two brand new galleries. FREE entry. South Shields Museum has been transformed following a £1million refurbishment. The Museum now includes:The new 'Tales of South Tyneside' gallery, exploring local history during the life and times of...


    Situated next to Sandhaven Beach, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is a large amusement park incorporating rides, amusements and games providing you with the best family entertainment. The Park regularly changes attractions and rides to provide visitors with new exciting experiences year on year.Amusement arcade open all year round, rides open peak season...

  • Old Town Hall

    Before the "New" Town Hall was built in 1910, this building served that purpose. It stands (like so many in this area) in the market square and has a arcaded lower floor that doubles as market space.

  • New Town Hall

    South Shields town hall is enormous. The tower from it can be seen all around town, like some sort of civic beacon. It dates from 1910, the time when South Shields was at the peak of its prosperity and in some ways looks a bit out of place now. Inside it is fitted out with lavish oak panelling and marble flooring. It is regarded as being one of the...

  • South Tyneside Museum

    The South Tyneside Museum is a very interesting place - much more so than I imagined it would be. We went in, expecting to spend 10 to 15 minutes in there and came out almost an hour and a half later. The reason for that is that we didn't realise just how much history was associated with South Shields, from the list of famous and infamous people...

  • The Man With The Donkey

    John Simpson Kirkpatrick was born in South Shields in 1892 but emigrated to Australia. He served with the ANZACs in the ill fated Gallipoli campaign, where he operated as a stretcher bearer. He took wounded men from no-man's land to safety on the back of a donkey and is reconed to have single handedly saved hundreds of men. He worked seemingly...

  • Ocean Road

    Ocean Road is South Shields' main street, running right through the town centre down to the ocean - hence its name. It is famous for having the greatest density of Indian restauants anywhere in the world - including India itself. The whole of one side of the street is filled with such restaurants (with the odd Italian place thrown in for good...

  • Lifeboat "Tyne"

    The preserved lifeboat Tyne is the second oldest surviving lifeboat in the world. It stands in pride of place just about where Ocean Road (South Shields' main street) reaches the sea. The monument beside it is to two people (William Woodhave and Henry Greathead), both of whom claimed crdit for the lifeboat. It could not be decided who truly desrved...

  • Beach

    The beaches at South Shields are one of its finest assets. Miles of clean, golden sand are backed by dunes and pub/cafes. The main beach is very deep too - no thin strip of sand here - which is just as well beacuse on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend it seems like half of Tyneside descends here. That's been true since I was a babe in arms, and nothing...

  • Take a walk in the marine parks

    The south and north marine parks have excellent walking routes and fantastic scenery and are really maintained well by the local counsels. I have often spent a time jogging through the parks and enjoying watching the ducks and grab an icecream along the way.


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  • Spice 1 - Best Indian Restaurant in...

    The décor is luxuriously warm with its vibrant colour choice and evokes Indian culture with decorated pieces and ornamental items including a famous painting which has been painted on the back wall surrounded by a fountain and high arched frame. The main restaurant floor is very spacious and looks even more spacious with its high arched ceiling...

  • Biggest Battered Fish I have EVER seen

    Just outside the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park there is a street kiosk which sells Fish & Chips. For £4 you can get a scoop of chips, and a peice of battered fish. This fish took my breath away, it was the largest peice of cod I have ever seen in my life - they literally put the entire fish into the deep fryer! I desperately wanted to take a picture,...

  • A Shields Institution

    Minchella's is a South Shields institution. They've had cafes and ice cream outlets in the town seemingly since Roman times. Various members of the family are involved and you'll see a cafe owned by one of them and an ice cream hut owned by another. This cafe is on Ocean Road and it's a typical old fashioned cafe, with formica tables and retro...


South Shields Nightlife

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    by steventilly Written Oct 11, 2005

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    The Fitzpatrick stands on Ocean Road, opposite the South Tyneside museum and beside where the statue of John Kirk Fitzpatrck stands (see elsewhere). The pub itself is not remarkable, being a modern "chain" style of pub, but the building and interior is worth a look, being housed in what once was the school house.

    Dress Code: Anything goes.

    The Fitzpatrick, South Shields

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South Shields Off The Beaten Path

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    by jhorsfield30 Written Aug 1, 2006

    "Conversation Piece"
    Twenty two life size statues overlooking the harbour

    Weird but right along the beach from the fair and dunes arcade and next to north marine park

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