Places to visit in North Tyneside

If you're looking for a refreshing change of scene, why not visit North Tyneside?

You can find many local tourist attractions and reach popular places of interest by simply catching the ferry from South Shields over to North Shields - it only takes 7 minutes to cross the river.  The map below shows you places to visit, things to do and see all year round, or visit What's On in North Tyneside for more ideas.

Some local visitor attractions are within a short walking distance from the ferry.  However, several buses/Metro also operate from North Shields town centre which can take you to these destinations. See Plan your journey from South Shields.

We advise you to check with the venues directly with regard to opening times and any Covid-19 restrictions.

Map of North Tyneside

Visitor attractions

North Shields Fish Quay

Restaurants, bars, fish market and coastal walk.  Website.
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 6 minutes journey (approx) or 12 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing.

Old Low Light

Heritage centre offering workshops, exhibitions and activities.  Website
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 7 minutes journey (approx) or 14 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing.

Tynemouth Market

Every Saturday/Sunday.  Farmers' market and book fairs through the year.  Website.
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - between 13-22 minutes journey (approx) or 33 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing. 

Royal Quays

Top brand shops, dining and family entertainment centre.  Website.
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 14 minutes journey (approx) or 25 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing. 

Collingwood Monument

Statue in honour of Admiral Lord Collingwood. 
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 18 minutes journey (approx) or 29 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing.   

Tynemouth Park

Adventure golf, interactive pirate maze and boating on the lake.  Website.
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 21 minutes journey (approx) or 45 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing. 

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Moated castle, gatehouse and keep.  Also an open air music venue.  Website.
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 20 minutes journey (approx) or 35 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing. 

Blue Reef Aquarium

Home to a host of fascinating worldwide marine animals.  Website.
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 22 minutes journey (approx) or 45 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing. 

Tynemouth Pier

Grade II listed building dating back to Victorian times.
Bus services 333/19 (and/or other buses) serve this destination - 35 minutes journey (approx) or 45 minutes walk (approx) - from the ferry landing. 

Other popular destinations (from North Shields town centre/Metro station you can pick up onward travel connections)

Rising Sun Country Park

Open all year round this 400 acre green oasis is rich in wildlife and the lake area is a designated Local Nature Reserve.  Popular with walkers and cyclists.  Website.

Segedunum

Built to guard the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall and housed 600 Roman soldiers. Interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a bath house and a section of Wall.   Website.

Silverlink Shopping Park

Many retail stores, restaurants and leisure facilities.  Website.

Stephenson Railway Museum

A range of fascinating locomotives are on display, interactive exhibitions to explore how trains work and lots more.  Website.

St Mary's Lighthouse

Climb the 137 steps to the top of the Lighthouse for the most spectacular views of the North East coast!  The surrounding Nature Reserve contains an area of rockpools, clifftop grassland, beach and wetland habitats.  Website.

Northumberland Park

This tranquil green park has woodland paths, gardens, lake, bowling green, sculpture trail, children's play area and a tea room.  Regular musical performances are held in the bandstand.  Website.

Whitley Bay Ice Rink

Have fun on the ice, all abilities welcome.  The rink also stages regular ice hockey matches and is home to local team the Whitley Warriors  Website.

Beach

Find beaches at Cullercoats, Tynemouth Longsands, King Edward's Bay and Whitley Bay.  Lots of other fun places to visit and family outdoor activities to enjoy.  Visit North Tyneside.

Public art

Explore the wealth of art and creativity that North Tyneside has to offer - follow the 'Reconnect' trail, a borough-wide collection of fantastic public artworks and exhibitions by artists living in the area.  Website.

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