Tynemouth Travel Guide

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Tynemouth Things to Do

  • Monument to Admiral Collingwood

    What better position for a monument to one of the country’s greatest seamen than this, high above the mouth of the Tyne with a view out to sea?! Yet in many ways Collingwood is something of a forgotten hero, barely known outside his native North East. If you are one of the many who hasn’t heard of him, his “claim to fame” is that he was Nelson's...

  • The Watch House

    I first came to Tynemouth on my very first visit to Newcastle with Chris in 1980, and have been enjoying the sight of the Watch House on its elevated position looking over the river mouth ever since – but until this year had never been inside. The Watch House is the base of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, founded in 1864 as a direct result of...

  • Prior’s Haven

    Of the three beaches/bays in Tynemouth, Prior’s Haven (or simply “The Haven” as it is more commonly known) is the southernmost and the smallest. It lies in a sheltered spot within the mouth of the Tyne, protected by the pier that extends from near its northern point. In Victorian times it was popular with bathers but today is the preserve of...

  • The Spanish Battery

    Above the Haven to the north are the ruins of Tynemouth Priory and Castle (see later tips), and to the south the grassy hill known as the Spanish Battery. Both have been important over the centuries in defending the Tyne (so essential as an channel for iron, coal, shipbuilding and the manufacture of armaments) against naval attack. The Spanish...

  • Tynemouth Pier

    The River Tyne is protected to the south and north by two long piers. The southern one, in South Shields, is 1,570 metres long while Tynemouth’s is rather shorter at 810 metres. It was constructed over a period of over 40 years (1854–1895) and was originally curved, but in 1898 the centre section was destroyed in a gale and the pier was rebuilt in...

  • Tynemouth Castle and Priory

    The most significant historical site, and indeed sight, in Tynemouth is the ruined fortified priory on a headland just north of the river mouth. This promontory has been a strategically important spot since the time of the Saxons, who named it Pen Bal (or Benebal) Crag and founded a priory here in the 7th century. In 651 King Oswin of Deira was...

  • The Priory church

    When Tynemouth Priory was dissolved under Henry VIII in 1538 the monastic buildings were all destroyed, but the church was left standing and remained in use as the town’s parish church until 1668. Now however it is mostly in ruins, although part of the west front, rebuilt in the 13th century, remains. You can see the entrance where the main door...

  • The battery at the Priory

    It is perhaps not surprising that a site as strategic as that of Tynemouth Priory was not left to become a picturesque ruin but instead has been used over the centuries for both defensive purposes and the protection of shipping. A lighthouse was built on the headland in 1665, using stone taken from the priory, to guide shipping into the Tyne, and...

  • Clock Tower

    At the seaward end of Front Street where the road swings left to follow the coast you can’t really missing spotting this clock tower and drinking fountain. Erected in 1861 it was designed in a Victorian interpretation of Venetian Gothic. It is a solid-looking square tower with drinking fountains and bowls in the north and south sides, a small...

  • King Edward's Bay

    The middle of Tynemouth’s three beaches, in both geographical position and size, is King Edward’s Bay. This is thought to have been named after King Edward II who took refuge in Tynemouth Priory in 1312. The priory stands on the promontory to the south of the beach and provides a great back-drop to the seaside fun. Low cliffs rise to the north and...

  • Longsands Beach

    When it comes to beaches, the pride of Tynemouth is definitely the Longsands (always spelled as a single word). If it weren’t for the sometimes off-putting northern climate, this could even rank as one of the best beaches in the world. It stretches over a kilometre in length from the smaller King Edward’s Bay to the south to the next bay,...

  • Tynemouth Festival 2014

    another great day had by all, street artists on form and all bars etc. joined in the fun, put in your diary for next year.


Tynemouth Restaurants

  • Great location for coffee or more

    This became something of a favourite haunt of ours during our week in Tynemouth. We came here for hot coffees and a late breakfast one morning, iced coffees on another afternoon, and on one occasion for ice cream. On two of these occasions we sat inside, ignoring the comfy-looking seating in some corners and the regular tables and chairs elsewhere...

  • Friendly Italian

    This is a smart yet informal Italian restaurant in what seems to be a converted chapel or parish school on Front Street. From the start we were impressed by the friendly welcome we got on our arrival, and that good impression continued throughout the evening. It was very busy on a Saturday night and we hadn't made a reservation but luckily they had...

  • Quirky décor, great gin cocktails, tasty...

    This first floor restaurant shares the quirky décor of the bar of the same name below – lots of paintings (and some photos) in all sorts of styles and covering all sorts of subject matter, most of which are for sale; an eclectic mix of tables and chairs; kitsch salt and pepper pots on every table; and a mural at one end with famous faces jumbled...

  • Good lunch choices

    We had lunch here one day, eating in the downstairs wine bar (there is also a restaurant on the first floor which the website says is open weekends and evenings, but it was in use on the busy August Tuesday when we visited). This is a good choice when you want a relatively light meal because there are several sandwich options on the menu as well as...

  • New name now the head of steam

    The old Aspire, now taken over as the Head of steam, very busy most times, but you can still find a quiet time, good food menu and best choice of beers in Tynemouth Previously known as Aspire the site in the heart of the popular Northumberland coastal resort of Tynemouth, has undergone an extensive refit and opened its doors as The Head of Steam on...

  • Lui s Wine and Bistro

    well where do you start, decided to visit last night, to see if it as good as they say, monday night rather quiet, mixture of tables and seats, you pick from the menu and order from the bar, now here is the rub why do they ask you to pay up front, just a small point but everything you order a drink etc. you pay up front no tab, Mainly all tapas so...


Tynemouth Nightlife

  • Best-located pub in Tynemouth

    We had been to the Gibraltar Rock on quite a few occasions in the past, but not for many years, and we found it rather changed from the traditional pub we used to know. The downstairs is now a carvery which we didn’t visit (not being fans of these) but we were happy to find that the first floor is still a pub and although redecorated in rather...

  • good place to fill up!!!!

    Used by the locals to fillup on cheap drinks before moving on , all daught beers £2 pint shorts and wine £2 a glass, normal

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Tynemouth Transportation

  • By Metro to Tynemouth

    The easiest way to get to Tynemouth by public transport is by Metro from the centre of Newcastle. It is on the yellow line, which makes a loop from St James’ Metro station east following the line of the Tyne to Tynemouth and then turns north up the coast to Whitley Bay and then back into the centre via the northern suburbs and through to Gateshead...

  • Take the metro

    Newcastle-upon-Tyne has a great metro network, and for the north Tyneside coast, you need the circular yellow line...you can't really go wrong, because the trains are plastered with "to the coast". From Central Station or Monument, it takes about half an hour to reach Tynemouth. Tynemouth Station is just a couple of minutes' walk from the main...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Tynemouth Shopping

  • A local tradition

    The market that takes place every Saturday and Sunday at Tynemouth Metro station is well-known across the region and many local visit regularly from Newcastle and further afield. The station dates back to 1882 and was originally a mainline station before being brought into use for the first stretch of Metro line in 1980, which ran from the...

  • Frills and fancies

    If you’re shopping for something a little bit different and unique, Razzberry Bazaar is the place to look. The shop is owned by a clothes designer, Linda Rana, (see website for more information on her designs) but sells a wide range of clothing with (mostly) an eastern flair, such as Indian cotton shirts and flowing skirts, jewellery, colourful and...

  • All under one roof

    For another different shopping experience head across the road from Razzberry Bazaar to this converted church. Formerly known as The Land of Green Ginger it recently changed its name to the slightly more prosaic Green Ginger Shopping Arcade, but there is nothing prosaic about the setting in a converted church. And it has to be said that “arcade” is...


Tynemouth Warnings and Dangers

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    Don't lick the seaweed.

    by jshecket Updated Nov 4, 2003

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    I know, this is common sense, but if you're traveling with kids, or you are liable to try some crazy things, this must be re-iterated. Don't lick the seaweed in Tynemouth. If, like me, you ever have the urge to do so, go to Tesco or Sainsbury's and buy some sushi.

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Tynemouth Tourist Traps

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    Parking in Tynemouth

    by geordieontour Written Nov 22, 2011

    There is parking and it is only one penny a minute in Front street, or 60pence a hour elsewhere.
    Payable in the local machines there are 3 on Front Street.

    Unique Suggestions: Dont chance, not getting a ticket, as the warden are always around and is it worth it for a fine of up to £80 pound. Even if popping into the local chippy (Marshalls) you will get caught.

    Front Street parking down the middle Front Street
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Tynemouth Favorites

  • Footpaths by the mouth of the Tyne

    One of the nicest things to do in Tynemouth is to take a walk on the network of paths beside the river. One path follows the river itself (and is flat and easy for anyone to use) and others climb the small hill above but are not challenging unless you have serious walking difficulties (I saw one man coping fine with these on his mobility scooter)....

  • Some famous names

    For a small place Tynemouth has some famous names associated with it. Here are just a few:Jimi Hendrix apparently came here in 1967 after a gig in Newcastle (at the Club A’Gogo) and bought fish and chips at Marshall’s in Front Street which he ate on a bench overlooking the sea (presumably at the end of Front Street, somewhere near the...

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