There is a huge variety of things to do in Tynemouth with an extensive food and drink offering. There is also the historic priory and natural beauty in the steep bay of Longsands Beach. Let us take you through some of the things to do and places to go all within walking distance of Tynemouth’s grand Victorian Metro station.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle
With its dramatic position dominating the headland, the priory been there in some form for over 2000 years. The interactive 'Life in the Stronghold' exhibition takes you on an exciting journey. It tells the story of the site from its original foundations as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, an Anglican monastery, a royal castle, artillery fort and a coastal defence. The battery gun was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars and can be explored. The site also features the beautiful and tranquil 13th Century Chapel. There are fantastic views overlooking the North Sea and the mouth of the River Tyne. On a clear day you can see across to South Shields, where you can also have a great day out The quickest way to get from Tynemouth to South Shields is via our historic Shields Ferry with regular sailing times all day , seven days a week.
Take a walk through Tynemouth Village and explore its delightful streets lined with independent shops, cafes, and pubs. The village has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, making it a perfect place to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee. Just a short walk away, King Edward's Bay is another picturesque beach worth visiting. It's a smaller and quieter beach compared to Longsands , offering a peaceful retreat with stunning views. It's also a great spot for rock pool exploring during low tide.
Like much of the North East of England, Tynemouth was raided by Vikings during the 9th and 10th centuries. The Vikings established a settlement known as "Tynemouthshire," and their influence can be seen in the local place names and cultural heritage. In the 19th century, Tynemouth experienced significant growth and development. The arrival of the railway in 1847 made Tynemouth more accessible and led to an increase in tourism. The town became a popular seaside resort, attracting visitors from nearby industrial areas.
Where to Eat and Drink
Tynemouth Metro Station is not only a transport hub but also home to a few Metro Station tenants. You can find cafes and bakeries inside the station building, offering a convenient place to grab a quick bite or a takeaway snack. Tynemouth also has a thriving craft beer and real ale scene. There are several pubs and bars in the area that major in in offering a wide selection of beers, including local brews. If you're a beer devotee, consider visiting places like The Priory, The Salutation, or The Gibraltar Rock.
Tynemouth's Front Street is lined with numerous cafes, pubs, and restaurants, offering a variety of dining options. You'll find everything from cosy tearooms and coffee shops to seafood restaurants and gastropubs. Explore this bustling street and discover a place that suits your taste. Being a coastal town, Tynemouth is known for its excellent fish and chips. There are several fish and chip shops in the area where you can sample this classic British dish, often made with fresh locally-sourced fish.
Enjoy your trip to the coast and don’t forget you can take the kids for free on Metro – and don’t forget your Pop Pay As You Go card to save on your travel.