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Whitley Bay Tynemouth and

North Tyneside 2012

Open daily from 10am


Enjoy close encounters with hundreds of incredible creatures from around the world... Come face to face with everything from adorable seals and otters to clownfish, seahorses and graceful stingrays. Meet the monkeys in our stunning Amazonian feature! A full programme of entertaining talks and feeding displays take place throughout the day, Blue Reef is also the perfect venue for birthday parties with themes including Pirates, Mermaids and Sharks!

Grand Parade, Tynemouth, NE30 4JF

Tel: 0191 258 1031


An award-winning coastline, extensive events programme, impressive range of accommodaon and brilliant aracons make North Tyneside a great choice for a day trip or a short break. With NewcastleGateshead on our doorstep and North East England’s best days out close by, North Tyneside combines the perfect mix of city and coast oering something for everyone.

For more informaon about anything detailed in this guide, please call our Tourist Informaon Team, on 0191 200 8535 or email


Our award-winning coast Family attractions

Fantastic events

Produced by NorthTyneside Council.

The information in this publication is intended as a guide only.

NorthTyneside Council cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Photography credits John Millard Zoe Korda Jason Feast (main cover image) David GlenWalker NewcastleGateshead Initiative Stan Gamester




Event highlights 2012


Our heritage


Our nightlife

The gateway to North East England





Further information


Travel information



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Tynemouth Sandcastle Competition

Our award-winning coast Surf lessons at Longsands Beach


Whitley Park

North Shields Fish Quay

Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Cullercoats all boast award-winning beaches. They are used every day of the year for anything from walking, sandcastle building and fitness bootcamp sessions to surf contests, professional football training and even filming Hollywood movies. Our stunning coastline is a social hub and enjoyed all year round. It is home to an array of watersports and has a great vibe with local surf businesses and extreme sport enthusiasts taking advantage of its spectacular location. Each year,Tynemouth holds the North East Surf Open where pro surfers from across Europe gather for a weekend of surf action. It is certainly the place to be if you are looking to learn to surf, stand up paddleboard (SUP), sail and dive.

Whitley Bay provides a great family outing to the coast, with arcades, a skate park, golden sands and ice cream keeping the children entertained. Take a stroll past the Spanish City Dome and see howWhitley Bay is changing as the Spanish City site undergoes huge regeneration. The famous Playhouse is just around the corner and there’s a fun play area including an outdoor water park for children.

North Shields Fish Quay is an excellent way of passing an hour or two, and is the perfect place to treat yourself to some of the freshest fish and chips around.

Our coast is also home to many annual events including one of the UK’s most scenic road races and the Mouth of theTyne Festival.The popular Coast2Coast cycle route also ends in Tynemouth with cyclists traditionally dipping their bicycle’s tyres into the water’s edge to mark the end of the race. Tynemouth Priory and Castle offers a stunning backdrop toTynemouth Village. People flock to Front Street and the weekend markets at Tynemouth Station. Cullercoats Bay

Spanish City Dome,Whitley Bay


Waves,Whitley Bay

Family attractions Rising Sun Country Park


Blue Reef Aquarium

St. Mary’s Lighthouse

NorthTyneside offers top attractions for all of the family to enjoy. And with some of North East England’s true gems a short drive away, there is lots on offer to keep everyone entertained. Visit Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum for an insight into the days of the Roman Empire and Hadrian’sWall – a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site or delve into history with a visit toTynemouth Priory and Castle while taking in some of the breathtaking views. Family leisure facilityWaves offers sports, fitness and spa facilities with lots of water-based fun including water slides, a wave machine and pirate ship. Or if it’s sunny take advantage of the new outdoor water play park inWhitley Bay. Family favourite Blue Reef Aquarium features over 40 species of aquatic life, a giant ocean tank home to tropical sharks, an outdoor seal cove with daily shows and a colony of adorable miniature monkeys.There is also a café to grab some lunch. Go for a splash atWet’n’WildWaterpark and if you’re still feeling energetic visit St Mary’s Lighthouse and climb all 137 steps to the top. Established in 1898, the lighthouse is on an island reached between the tides via a short causeway and offers spectacular views along the coast.

LostWorld Adventue Golf

If you are still looking for more to do, choose from; LostWorld Mini Golf, a skate park,Whitley Bay Mini Golf, the 400-acre Rising Sun Country Park, the Childhood MemoriesToy Museum and Stephenson Railway Museum. Shopaholics are spoilt for choice with Eldon Square in Newcastle and Europe’s largest shopping mall the Metro Centre both just a short journey away. Close by is Royal Quays Outlet Centre which sells leading brands at discounted prices, and Boundary Mill that provides a vast range of clothing and homeware all under one roof. Our town centres include independent retailers who stock a range of gifts as well as everyday essentials.

Skate Park,Whitley Bay


Victorian Christmas Market


Music festivals, surf competitions, ďŹ lm festivals, road races and Christmas markets are just a taste of some of the fantastic events on oer. 10k Road Race


Alexandra Burke at Mouth of theTyne Festival

events TynemouthVW Rally

Surf competition


Event highlights 2012 NorthTyneside offers a wide ranging and exciting year round events programme, attracting locals and visitors alike. Music festivals, surf competitions, film festivals and road races are among some of the highlights.

10k Road Race Easter Sunday, 8 April

2012 will see the eighth NorthTyneside 10K Road Race - one of the UK’s most scenic road races which takes in a long stretch of coastline, Tynemouth Priory and Castle, and even a lighthouse!

Mouth of theTyne Festival 12 - 15 July

An annual event which takes place on both sides of the RiverTyne featuring live music, parades and world-class street theatre. Highlights include several outdoor concerts atTynemouth Priory and Castle showcasing well known artists each year.

North ShieldsVictorian Christmas Market 8 - 9 December

One of the UK’s most established festive markets featuring around 100 stalls selling traditional gifts and foods, street entertainment, carol singers, fairground rides and brass bands.


To receive more information about events taking place in NorthTyneside, subscribe to a regular e-newsletter by emailing

Stay in NorthTyneside and visit a range of other events taking place within the region, including:

Northumberland Plate Festival (28 – 30 June)

Sunderland International Air Show (21 – 22 July) BUPA Great North Run (16 September)

Keep checking our website for news on our exciting new events programme atTynemouth Station.

All dates are correct at time of going to print and are subject to change.Visit the NorthTyneside website for full events listings and check withTourist Information before making your journey.

Our nightlife Arranging your evening entertainment is just as important as planning your day time activities. There is a wide selection of places to eat and drink in NorthTyneside and all within walking distance of your accommodation. Embrace a range of cuisines, eat ‘al fresco’ at North Shields Fish Quay or enjoy a beachside snack. Choose from many bars or traditional pubs to end the evening, whether it’s local ale or a cocktail. Visit the state-of-the-art PlayhouseWhitley Bay which has a packed programme of top class productions throughout the year. Alternatively, take a trip to theTynemouth Priory Theatre and enjoy productions by local theatre groups. A little further afield, NewcastleGateshead offers a superb choice in bars, restaurants and clubs.Visit theTheatre Royal in Newcastle, the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle for major international music acts, the Sunderland Empire or the Sage Gateshead – an international home for contemporary and world music. Theatre Royal, Newcastle


“Winslow Homer: On the Sands, 1881” (National Gallery of Art,Washington DC)

Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum

Our heritage Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum in Wallsend draws visitors from around the world as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site.The gateway to Hadrian's Wall, Segedunum is the most excavated fort along the wall. A 35 metre viewing tower provides some outstanding views across the World Heritage Site and visitors can enjoy the site’s large interactive museum. Tynemouth Priory and Castle has stood guard at the mouth of the RiverTyne for centuries and still stands proud today.With its 2000-year history, visitors can sit back and imagine what life might have been like all those years ago. Cullercoats was popular with generations of artists who drew inspiration from the breathtaking coastal scenery and often used fishing as a theme.Winslow Homer, one of America’s leading artists, spent some time living in Cullercoats. Many of his masterpieces, painted locally, hang in some of the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries.


NorthTyneside has strong links with the birth of the railways. Stephenson Railway Museum was opened in 1986 to house the railway collections ofTyne andWear Museums. Its name commemorates George and Robert Stephenson, the famous father and son who pioneered the steam railway. George Stephenson lived locally from 1802 until 1823. TheTynemouthVolunteer Life Brigade, established in 1864, was the first of its type in the world and still operates today.TheWatch House contains relics from various shipwrecks and rescue missions. It is overlooked by the statue of Admiral Lord Collingwood, dedicated to the man who took over from Nelson at the Battle ofTrafalgar.

Stephenson Railway Museum

Collingwood’s Monument

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Visit nearby Seaton Delaval Hall, just north of Whitley Bay in south east Northumberland - a great English baroque villa designed by Sir JohnVanbrugh for Admiral George Delaval. Built between 1719 and 1732, the NationalTrust property has formal gardens and is much more than an architectural masterpiece. For 900 years, the estate has been a stage for drama, intrigue and romance, while the surrounding landscape has fuelled industrial revolution.

Seaton Delaval Hall


Alnwick Garden

The gateway to North East England Quayside, NewcastleGateshead Shopping in Newcastle, Grey's Monument in background


Bamburgh Castle

Durham Cathedral

North East England really does have something for everyone, boasting wonderful coastline, countryside and castles balanced with vibrant towns and cities full of nightlife and shopping opportunities. NewcastleGateshead - only eight miles away from NorthTyneside - is well known for its shopping and nightlife and offers a wealth of must-see attractions including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,The Sage Gateshead music venue, the wonderful bridges arching over the RiverTyne, the Great North Museum and St James’ Park - the home of Newcastle United FC. Whether your journey takes you up to Northumberland or south of the Tyne there are so many popular attractions to keep you busy. Holy Island, Bamburgh, the Cheviot Hills, Alnwick Castle,The Alnwick Garden, Durham Cathedral and Beamish are just a taster, and all are within approximately an hour’s drive. Getting around NorthTyneside and beyond is made easy with a range of fantastic transport links.The Metro system links the coast with Newcastle city centre, the ferry crosses theTyne between North Shields and South Shields, bus routes are quick and effective, and the convenience of Newcastle Central train station and Newcastle International Airport are second to none.Taxi services in the area use GPS software and many drivers have excellent knowledge of the North East’s history with some offering special tours around the region. It is not surprising that NorthTyneside is home to thousands of visitors each year. For more information about planning your trip and getting the best out of your stay in NorthTyneside, contact our Tourist Information Service for help and advice.


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SEAFRONT APARTMENTS - self-catering in Cullercoats

46 Beverley Terrace, Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4NU Unrivalled seafront location in beautiful conservation area, award-winning beaches across the road Within 3 mins walk of shops, restaurants, Metro to Newcastle and local (mobility) buses Ideal for business, family leisure, magnificent coastal walks and visiting regional attractions 4 star quality apartments, celebrating 40 years, guests returning 40 times, visitors from 40 countries! Visit Britain inspection - 100% for cleanliness. Free Wifi 6 apartments in one building, all different sizes to suit couples, families and friends


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Burradon Farm Cottages and Houses Luxury self-catering cottages and houses near city, coast and countryside 12 new farm barn conversions to provide spacious houses and cottages furnished and equipped to the highest of standards I I I I I I I

Situated on a 400 acre working farm Houses sleep between 4 and 8 Cottages sleep between 2 and 4 Open all year round. Ample car parking Two cottages are disabled friendly Weekly lets, 3 day short break minimum Wifi internet connections in all properties

ALSO AVAILABLE 3 x 2 bedroom farm cottages for longer stays

Mrs. J. Younger, Burradon Farm, Cramlington, NE23 7ND Email:

Tel: 0191 268 3203 Elegant family-run guest accommodation in the heart of Whitley Bay. Established over 30 years we continue to provide quality service and facilities to our guests.

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158-160 Park Ave Whitley Bay

Tel 0191 253 0288 Email

Southcliff Holiday Apartments

Perched on a cliff top in Cullercoats fishing village, these award winning apartments offer luxury with value for money. Nestled between 2 blue flag beaches and with panoramic views over the sea, you are close to bars, shops and the Metro. Marble fireplaces, high ceilings and chandaliers combine with modern amenities - WiFi, dishwashers, king size beds and fluffy towels for a quality stay. Open all year. Free Parking. Pets welcome.

4 Southcliff, Whitley Bay, NE26 2PB. Tel: (0191) 251 3121


The Lighthouse Guesthouse come as a guest leave as a friend

20 North Parade | Whitley Bay | NE26 1PA I Good quality guest accommodation

near to the seafront.


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station and all amenities. I Free parking available. I Licensed bar.

Tel: (0191) 252 2319 Mobile: 07976 209 451


Offering many of the services of a hotel Executive rooms available for longer stays with kitchen facilities


Call to discuss availability and rates

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East Parade, Central Promenade, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE26 1AP Tel +44 (0)191 251 3628 Fax: +44 (0)191 252 5033 Email:

The Lindsay

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND Contact Doreen Jack E-mail:

50 Victoria Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE26 2BA • • • • • • • • • •

Small friendly family run Guest House in quiet area Adjacent to tennis courts and bowling green Close to Town Centre and beach All rooms centrally heated, Satellite TV in all rooms TV lounge with sea views On site parking available Bed, breakfast with optional evening meal Quality spacious en-suite rooms Tea and coffee in all rooms Visit us on our website:

Tel: (0191) 252 7341 Fax: (0191) 252 7505 Established 29 years

Tynemouth Holiday Cottages 11 Percy Gardens Cottages, Tynemouth, NE30 4EP The former stable block has been converted to cosy cottages complete with all modern facilities which are ideal for holidays or business. The cottages, dating back to 1897, were a stable block for The Grand Hotel which was once the summer residence of the Duke of Northumberland. Open all year | Linen/electricity included | Garage available

Email: Mobile: 07857 627 119

Telephone: (0191) 213 6836


Accommodation Martineau Guest House 57 Front Street I I I


NE30 4BX

Luxury en-suite rooms Recommended in the 2011 Michelin Guide A wide choice of breakfast with local produce and homemade bread

Rated the number one guest accommodation provider in Tyne & Wear on Trip Advisor All rooms are en-suite with contemporary furnishings Guests can expect a high standard of service, quality and comfort

Telephone: (0191) 257 9038 Email:

Sunholme Guest House 53 North Parade Whitley Bay NE26 1NX

Ideal for cyclists, walkers, families, golfers, surfers and windsurfers

13 Esplanade, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE26 2AH

Well established, family run guest accommodation

Tel: (0191) 253 4941 Email: READ REVIEWS ON

the 51-52 Victoria Avenue Whitley Bay NE26 2BA

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Families, groups and contractors welcome

Free WiFi available to all guests





61 P ERCY PARK R OAD , T YNEMOUTH , NE30 4LH M OBILE : 07592 020 078 / 07939 178 991 Email:

The Northumbria is a charming little accommodation provider, offering a friendly welcome, good quality rooms and a peaceful stay in a lovely seafront location. Conference facilities include training and meeting rooms, licensed bar and catering on request and are ideal for small businesses and clubs. Stag and hen parties are not accepted, however private groups are very welcome for family reunions and small celebrations.

French, German and Spanish spoken. Hostel accommodation also available.


Tel: 0191 252 5265


Grand sea view apartment offers the independence of self-catering with the luxury and style of a boutique hotel. Select location in Tynemouth conservation village and only minutes from the sea.

0191 259 5698

Accommodation ratings explained

All the properties listed and advertised in the guide are inspected by Quality in Tourism (the organisation that inspects on behalf of Visit England) and/or the AA or have applied for a rating and are awaiting an assessment. Properties are awarded a star rating based on an independent, reliable and impartial assessment by a trained inspector. Both Quality in Tourism and the AA inspect to identical standards. All properties are awarded between 1 and 5 stars based on the findings of the inspection for the quality of facilities and level of service provided. Hotels Hotels must have a minimum of six rooms, a licence and offer dinner at least five nights a week. All bedrooms must have en suite facilities or private bathrooms. They must also operate a high staff-toguest ratio thereby making service very attentive. Guest accommodation Includes guest accommodation, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and inns. The establishments tend to be personally run by the owners. Bed and breakfasts generally accommodate no more than six people. Guest houses tend to have more than three rooms and may offer dinner to their guests. Some may be licensed. Inns are pubs with rooms that serve food in the evenings as well as breakfast. Self-catering For self-catering accommodation the layout and design of the accommodation and the range and quality of the kitchen equipment is assessed as well as the quality and comfort of the bedrooms and bathrooms and most importantly the cleanliness. Holiday parks The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the park from one to five stars with five stars being awarded for exceptional quality. Hostel - rating applied for Often in shared rooms with bunk beds. Family rooms may also be available. Awards Establishments that go the “extra mile” are awarded a Gold or Silver award by Visit Britain and, in the case of the AA, a Red Star for hotels and a Yellow Star for guest accommodation. Cyclists and walkers Provide additional facilities to meet the specific needs of cyclists and walkers including secure storage, drying facilities and packed lunches.


Ratings made easy Simple and practical with no frills Well-presented and well run Good level of quality and comfort Excellent standard throughout Exceptional with a degree of luxury

Family friendly Provide additional facilities to meet the needs of families including cots/highchairs, nappy bins and children’s toys and DVDs. Green Tourism Business Scheme and David Bellamy Conservation Award Committed to sustainable tourism and demonstrate best practice in terms of environmental policies. Fair Pricing Businesses that have signed up to the charter demonstrate a commitment to providing fair pricing and practices in the lead up to and during the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Surf Friendly Scheme (Local scheme operated by North Tyneside Council) Properties displaying the logo are surf friendly and provide secure storage for equipment and drying facilities as well as useful local information on surf conditions, equipment hire, tuition and repair services. Advertisements Every care is taken in compiling the advertising and editorial sections of the guide but no liability can be accepted by North Tyneside Council for any claim or any error whatsoever which may appear in advertisements. Complaints If a visitor has any reason to complain about the quality of accommodation, food or service at any of the establishments in the guide, it is strongly recommended that complaints should be made in the first instance direct to the proprietor or manager of the establishment concerned at the time they arise.

Naonal Accessible Scheme Businesses with a Naonal Accessible Scheme logo meet the requirements of visitors with mobility, sight and hearing impairments and wheelchair users. You are advised to contact the provider to discuss the exact suitability of the accommodaon.


Accommodation listings Burradon Farm Cottages and Houses Burradon Farm, Cramlington, NE23 7ND Tel: (0191) 268 3203 16 units | £343 - £987

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Collingwood House

Self catering

1a Collingwood Terrace, Tynemouth, NE30 4BD Tel: (0191) 259 5698 1 apartment | £375 - £550


Field House

Killingworth Road, Killingworth Village, NE12 6BS Tel: (0191) 268 0998 Credit card payment online only 1 apartment | £325 - £475

Seafront Apartments

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4 Southcliff, Whitley Bay, NE26 2PB Tel: (0191) 251 3121 4 apartments | £375 - £695

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11 Percy Gardens Cottages, Tynemouth, NE30 4EP Tel: (0191) 213 6836 Mobile: 07857 627 119 4 units | £350 - £600

61 Percy Park Road, Tynemouth, NE30 4LH Tel: (0191) 272 8213 2 apartments | £350 - £650

Whitley Bay Holiday Park


The Links, Whitley Bay, NE16 4BR Tel: 0871 200 6200 75-90 rental, 32 touring pitches £79 - £600 (based on season, duration and berths)

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46 Beverley Terrace, Cullercoats, NE30 4NU Mobile: 07977 203 379 6 apartments | £250 - £540 Direct bank payment accepted

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Chedburgh Hotel

12 Esplanade, Whitley Bay, NE26 2AH Tel: (0191) 253 0415 11 rooms | £40 - £70

Esplanade Lodge

1 Linden Terrace, Whitley Bay, NE26 2AA Tel: (0191) 659 1357 9 rooms | £50 - £70

Lighthouse Guest House

20 North Parade, Whitley Bay, NE26 1PA Tel: (0191) 252 2319 5 rooms | £40 - £50

Lindsay Guest House

50 Victoria Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 2BA Tel: (0191) 252 7341 4 rooms | £60 - £80

Martineau Guest House

57 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4BX Tel: (0191) 257 9038 4 rooms | £85 - £90

No 61

61 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4BT Tel: (0191) 257 3687 7 rooms | £55 - £70

Oaktree Lodge

15 Esplanade, Whitley Bay, NE26 2AH Tel: (0191) 252 8587 8 rooms | £60 - £80

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Sandsides Guest House

122 Park Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AY Tel: (0191) 253 0399 5 rooms | £40 -£60

Sunholme Guest House

53 North Parade, Whitley Bay, NE26 1NX Tel: (0191) 251 1186 6 rooms | £40 - £60

The Cara

9 The Links, Whitley Bay, NE26 1PS Tel: (0191) 253 0172 9 rooms | £50 - £60

The Dorset Arms Hotel

Dorset Avenue, Wallsend, NE28 8DX Tel: (0191) 209 9754 9 rooms | £72

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51-52 Victoria Avenue,Whitley Bay,NE26 2BA Tel: (0191) 252 5265 7 rooms | £12 - £15


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Grand Parade, Tynemouth, NE30 4ER Tel: (0191) 293 6666 45 rooms | £89 - £165

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Holiday Inn Newcastle upon Tyne Great North Road, Seaton Burn, NE13 6BP Tel: 0870 787 3291 154 rooms | £58 - £180


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Whitley Road, Holystone, NE27 0DA Tel: 0870 197 7189 Prices updated on a regular basis, check website for details | 40 rooms


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Coble Dene, North Shields, NE29 6DL Tel: 0870 850 6348 Prices updated on a regular basis, check website for details | 50 rooms


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Travel information By car

Travelling from the north on the A1, take the A19 (TyneTunnel) and follow the signs to either the A191 (Whitley Bay) or the A1058 (Tynemouth). Travelling from the south on the A1M take the A194 (M) and the A19 (TyneTunnel). Exiting the TyneTunnel on the A19 follow the signs to the A1058 (Tynemouth). Two tunnels are now in operation, each carrying traffic in separate directions. Regular local traffic bulletins are broadcast on BBC Radio Newcastle 95.4FM.

Vehicles displaying a valid disabled badge may park free with no restriction on length of stay in car parks within NorthTyneside.

By coach

National Express coaches to and from London and other destinations arrive at and depart from Park Avenue,Whitley Bay.

For more information tel: 08717 818 178 (disabled persons travel helpline tel: 08717 818 179) or visit

By sea

DFDS operate daily sailings to and from Amsterdam. The International FerryTerminal is in North Shields and is a short taxi ride to all destinations in NorthTyneside. Buses operate from the terminal and Percy Main Metro Station is approximately 20 minutes by foot. For information tel: 0871 522 9955 or visit


By air

Flights to and from UK airports as well as leading world destinations operate from Newcastle International Airport. The airport is approximately a 30-minute drive by car and it has a Metro Station with a journey time to the coast (change platform at South Gosforth) of approximately 45 minutes.

For information on scheduled flights tel: 0871 882 1121 departures and arrivals tel: 0871 882 1131 or visit

By cycle

Hadrian’s Cycleway (National Route 72) follows the route of Hadrian’sWall across Northern England from coast to coast and enters NorthTyneside in the west at Segedunum Roman Fort and ending inTynemouth. The North Sea Cycle Route (National Route 1) passes through NorthTyneside entering from Newcastle to the west and following the coast north. For more information on the National Cycle Network tel: 0845 113 00 65 or visit

By taxi

Taxis operate from the International Ferry Terminal and set fares are available to and from Newcastle City Centre and the airport. For more information contact EastCoast Taxis tel: 0191 253 3777 or visit

EastCoast Tours provide a guided tour of the North Tyneside coast and riverside. Tours can be customised to suit a route and number of passengers. For more information contact EastCoast Tours on (0191) 251 7738.

Local travel information

The Metro is a rapid transit train system that connects the NorthTyneside coast to Newcastle in 30 minutes and the International Airport in 45 minutes. An extensive network of bus routes operates throughout the region and a passenger ferry crosses the RiverTyne between North Shields and South Shields. All Metro stations are accessible by level access, ramps or lifts. Many bus services operate with low oor buses with powered or manual ramps for easy access and with dedicated wheelchair space.Traveline can provide details of which bus services are operated with a low oor vehicle.The Shields Ferry is accessible for wheelchair users and mobility scooters. For more information on local transport tel: 0871 200 2233 or visit

Reach us by road, rail, sea and air

(Pedestrian ferry to South Shields)

Please note: The ferry shown on the map is the pedestrian ferry between North Shields and South Shields. For International ferry arrivals and departures, the closest Metro station is Percy Main (20 min walk to terminal).



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Come and make a splash in the pool and enjoy the wave machine, water slide and pirate ship. Young children can have fun in the soft play area. Relax and unwind in the spa area which includes a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy baths.

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Waves, The Links, Whitley Bay, NE26 1TQ

Tel: (0191) 643 2600

RISING SUN COUNTRY PARK Rising Sun County Park,Whitley Road, Benton, NE12 9SS

A beautiful 400 acre Green Flag award-winning park located in the heart of North Tyneside. The park is a haven for wildlife and provides people with a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The countryside centre has a cafĂŠ, a wildlife garden and a play area.

Tel: (0191) 643 2241

The Rising Sun Farm produces and sells organic food and has a variety of animals for visitors to see. The park is FREE to enter and is used for a wide range of activities from bird watching and horse riding to cycling and walking. Please contact the centre for details of activities and events throughout the year.

NOT ONLY THE CREATION OF GREAT COFFEE … Our coffee house is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the stunning views of The Priory and Tynemouth’s magnificent coastline. LETS BE FAIR We sell Fairtrade tea, coffee, luxury hot chocolate and numerous other Fairtrade products. A new exciting range of tasty fresh sandwiches made with a selection of breads and various fillings: hot paninis, hot taco wraps, hot khobez, breakfast baps, hot toasties and poppy/sunflower seeded knots. Our ice cream parlour serves many flavours of deluxe Beachdean Dairy ice creams for your enjoyment. These can be enjoyed in our spacious, comfortable, beautifully refurbished new premises. We also provide a take-away service. Low calorie and vegetarian options available. Opposite Tynemouth Priory, Front Street, Tynemouth Open 7 days - Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm | Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm Tel: (0191) 257 5556

Tel: 0191 447 3009 3/9 Union Quay, Fish Quay North Shields, NE30 1HJ

A Place Full of History North Shields Fish Quay

It is said that North Shields Fish Quay began life in 1225 as a simple village of shielings (huts) from which the town of North Shields took it’s name. The quay was originally located here to serve the nearby Tynemouth Castle and Priory. In 1936, 70 trawlers were based in North Shields but by 1946 the number based here was only 38. Today, only 20 (approximately) fishing vessels are based in North Shields.

Riverside Dining

Oceans Restaurant is the perfect venue for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Why not meet friends and enjoy great fish and chips at this stylish riverside location. You can take a stroll along the quayside, watch the boats on the river, purchase fresh fish and seafood on the quayside or search out a bargain at the flea market.


Quote from Gordon Barr, Evening Chronicle:

The owners have strived to make The Priory a good old-fashioned pub – the sort you don’t seem to find much these days. Here they have excelled. Long may pubs like these connue – tradional, friendly and great food to cap it all off. The Priory will most definitely be a priority for us in the future.

The Priory 29 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4DZ (0191) 257 8302 Best leased and tenanted pub in Yorkshire and the North East

We like to pride ourselves on our community spirit, good customer service and most importantly make sure all of our cutomers feel right at home. We have lovely big sofas where you can relax, free WiFi, all food is freshly prepared to order (come early on a Sunday, we are well known for our amazing Sunday lunches), we are very dog friendly, we have live music every Friday and Saturday and Buskers night with the fantastic Jonny Boyle every Sunday.

Daily special menu Daily newspapers Real ales A fantastic choice of good wines from around the world Quiz night with Bob every Tuesday 8.30pm - 10.30pm


The Rotary Club of Tynemouth hosts regular events and activities and raised over £6,000 for local charities in 2011. These included support for Tynemouth RNLI, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, Tynemouth Blind Welfare Society and the Great North Air Ambulance. Visitors are always welcome to attend our events and meetings. For more information on our programme of activities in 2012 or for information on getting involved with the Rotary Club of Tynemouth, please contact Godfrey Weir, Secretary on 0191 251 6252.


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Stay local, shop local North Shields: Wallsend:

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I Close to the historic North Shields Fish Quay

I Less than a five minute walk from Segedunum Roman Fort

I A short walk from the seafront, hotels and guest houses

I The Beacon Centre has over 40 shops and stalls

I INSHOPs has a variety of small retailers

I Whitley Bay has many fine independent shops

I There is a wide range of shops throughout the town centre

I The Forum Shopping Centre has high street names under one roof

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Town centre maps available at Tourist Information Centres.

Further information We hope that you find the guide useful in planning your visit to NorthTyneside. If you would like any further information on what there is to see and do there are three ways to get in touch with us - either complete the form and post it to us, send us an email or give us a call: Whitley BayTourist Information Centre Park Road Whitley Bay Tyne &Wear NE26 1EJ Tel: 0191 200 8535 For more information visit

For a large print, text-only version of the guide, please telephone (0191) 643 7420. The guide is also available to download online and the font size can be changed to meet individual needs. The tourism section of the council website – is speech enabled and can also be translated into over 30 languages.

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Beaches – general information tel: 0191 643 7281 Blue Reef Aquarium tel: 0191 258 1031 Boardskillz tel: 0191 258 1499 Boundary Mill Stores tel: 0191 297 2420 Childhood MemoriesToy Museum tel: 0191 259 1776 Lost World Adventure Golf and Zero Ice Park tel: 0191 258 7593 Odeon Cinema Silverlink tel: 0871 22 44 007 Playhouse Whitley Bay tel: 0844 277 2771 Power League tel: 0191 270 3190 PrioryTheatre,Tynemouth tel: 0191 292 9292 Rise Surf School Rising Sun Country Park tel: 0191 643 2241 Royal Quays Outlet Centre tel: 0191 296 3743 St. Mary’s Lighthouse tel: 0191 200 8652 Saville Exchange tel: 0191 643 7093 Segedunum Roman Fort tel: 0191 236 9347 Star Bowl tel: 0191 296 2906 Stephenson Railway Museum tel: 0191 200 7146 Tynemouth Priory & Castle tel: 0191 257 1090 Tynemouth Surf Co tel: 0191 258 2496 Wet n Wild tel: 0191 296 1444 Whitley Bay Ice Rink tel: 0191 291 1000 Whitley Bay Mini Golf tel: 0191 200 8638 XS Superbowl tel: 0191 215 0901

Tourist Information

NorthTyneside’sTourist Information Centres provide a wide range of information and services including: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Local and national tourist information. Information on inspected accommodation. Extensive information on local attractions and events. Book-a-bed-ahead service. Local transport information. A range of books and maps. Quality souvenirs and gifts.

Whitley BayTourist Information Centre Park Road Whitley Bay Tyne &Wear NE26 1EJ Tel: 0191 200 8535 Open 9.30am - 5.00pm (closed for lunch 12.30 - 1.30pm). ClosedWednesdays (except summer holidays), Sundays and Christmas and NewYears Day.

Emergency services

In all emergencies, for police, fire, ambulance and coast guard dial 999. To report crimes or other incidents to Northumbria Police tel: 03456 043 043 or text 07786 200 814. For the deaf and hard of hearing, Minicom 01661 820 915 or text 07786 200 815. For medical assistance contact NHS Direct tel: 0845 46 47. NorthTyneside General Hospital (see map on page 34) Rake Lane. North Shields Tyne &Wear, NE29 8NH Tel: 0844 811 8111


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St Marys Lighthouse and Nature Reserve Whitley Bay Holiday Park Waves Whitley Bay Golf Course Playhouse Whitley Bay Whitley Bay Tourist Information Centre Churchill Playing Fields Marden Bridge Sports Centre Whitley Bay Ice Rink and Ten Pin Bowling Marden Quarry Nature Reserve Blue Reef Aquarium Childhood Memories Toy Museum Lost World Adventure Golf & Zero Ice Park Tynemouth Priory & Castle Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Collingwood’s Monument Tynemouth Golf Club Tynemouth Pool North Tyneside General Hospital North Shields Ferry Landing The Parks Sports Centre International Ferry Terminal Wet 'N' Wild Royal Quays Outlet Village Stephenson Railway Museum Odeon Cinema Silverlink Segedunum Roman Fort Centurion Park Golf Club Rising Sun Country Park XS Superbowl Dial Cottage Whitley Bay Mini Golf Power League Star Bowl Tynemouth Priory Theatre Cullercoats Watch House Whitley Bay Skate Park Hadrian Leisure Centre Saville Exchange Links Art Gallery

A1 North

Oxford Centre


John Willie Sans Centre

Four Lane Ends



To Newcastle


The Lakeside Centre

White Swan Centre

Northumberland Coastal Route

Battle Hill







Willington Quay

Howdon Community Centre


Cobalt Business Park

Boundary Mill

Shiremoor Centre

East Howdon

West Chirton

To Northumberland

Royal Quays Marina

Tidal Causeway



River Tyne Harbour

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