Things to do
There are many things to do in the local area. The Visit North Tyneside website is a good starting point. We have listed some of the highlights below.
At the heart of the town and close to the sea stands the modern Playhouse which plays host to top names in music, drama, dance and comedy. It features an elegant glass foyer, box office, bar facilities and a redesigned auditorium and makes for a great night out. Just a 15 minute walk or 5 minutes by car.
Reached between the tides via a short causeway, St. Mary’s has all the fascination of a miniature, part-time island. The Lighthouse, completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques. Since then the Lighthouse and former keepers’ cottages have been operated as a visitor centre by North Tyneside Council. The surrounding Nature Reserve contains an area of rockpools, clifftop grassland, a beach and newly created wetland habitats. Only a 30 minute walk along the sea front or 10 mins by car.
The Links Art Gallery is a unique new art gallery and resource centre located at Dukes Walk, Northern Promenade in Whitley Bay, situated between Whitley Bay town centre and Saint Mary’s Island.
The gallery stocks a wide range of quality art and craft with the emphasis on work by North East artists. With a lovely little café serving the finest coffee and light refreshments. Just a 15 minute walk along the whitley Bay seafront or 5 mins by car.
Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out. A popular spot to enjoy seaside fish and chips with a view and great location to have a picnic, lie back and enjoy the sea air.
Discover Tynemouth’s story of the site from its original beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, an Anglican monastery, a royal castle, artillery fort and a coastal defence. The gun battery built underground into the cliffs was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars. Just a 5 minute walk from Tynemouth Metro Station or 5 mins by car.
Tynemouth Longsands is one of the most breathtaking beaches in the North. With its stunning golden sands that stretch for a mile, as well as rocks, dunes and cliffs. The Blue Flag award-winning beach is popular all-year round.
Also with a renowned reputation for its surf, Longsands has staged numerous national championships and is just a 10 minute walk from Cullercoats Metro Station, 15 mins from Tynemouth Metro Station or 5 mins by car.
Small in size, but picture perfect in setting, King Edward’s Bay guarantees to wow all who visit its sandy shoreline. Situated at the foot of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, this historic site is a Blue Flag award-winning location – and it’s not hard to see why.
Enclosed by cliffs and grassy banks, King Edward’s Bay simply epitomises a sumptuous English coastline. In the summer months, it’s a great place to take your family. The unique landscape and unmatched beauty will appeal on the not-so-sunny days too. Only 10 minutes walk form Tynemouth metro Station or 5 mins by car.
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, sharks, seahorses and graceful stingrays! Meet the monkeys and reptiles in our stunning Amazonian feature and come face to face with our adorable California sea lions at Seal Cove. Only a 10 minute walk from Cullercoats Metro Station or 5 minutes by car.
Welcome to the finest drama, the brightest West End musicals, the cream of the comedy circuit, award winning ballet and dance, family friendly shows, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert Dance – and (we think) the best Pantomime in the country!
One of the finest and most historic theatres in the UK, built in 1837 and, following a devastating fire, reconstructed in 1901, a Grade 1 listed landmark. You’ll get the warmest of welcomes – 325,000 people a year can’t be wrong! Come to the Theatre Royal for inspiration and entertainment. Only 25 minutes by Metro to Monument Metro Station, Newcastle or 30 mins by car.
Live Theatre is recognised as one of the great new writing theatres on the international stage. Offering everything from world class theatre, stand-up comedy and live music in its beautiful theatre located on Newcastle’s vibrant Quayside. Its quirky historic spaces made from five Grade II listed buildings joined together create a unique atmosphere with an intimate feel. Only 20 minutes walk from Monument Metro Station in Newcastle or 30 minutes by car going north along the A1058.
The Metro Radio Arena is one of the largest concert and exhibition venues in the North East of England . Boasting an amazing 40,000sq metre,11,000 seater venue. Playing host to some of the biggest names in the music & entertainment world. Only a 10 minute walk from Central Station, Newcastle or 30 minutes by car with ample on-site parking available.
Newcastle City Hall prides itself on showcasing the finest acts from around the world, be it Rock, Pop, Orchestral, Comedy or Musicals some of the biggest names in the business have played at the City Hall. Only a 5 minute walk from Haymarket Metro Station in Newcastle or a 25 minute by car North along the A1058.
St. James’ Park in Newcastle is the home of Championship club Newcastle United F.C. with a seating capacity of over 50,000.
Whether you’re going to a match or taking a tour, it’s definitely worth a visit. Only 10 minutes from Haymarket Metro Station, Newcastle or 25 minutes by car.
Coast to Coast (C2C) or Sea to Sea as it’s also known is the UK’s most popular long distance cycle route.
The route climbs through the Lake District and over the Pennines and is usually ridden from west to east to make use of the prevailing wind. Riders can start at Whitehaven or Workington and finish in Tynemouth or Sunderland. The Lindsay Guest House is an ideal location to enjoy a well earned rest after your journey. With bike storage and drying room.