Tynemouth is a fantastic up and coming part of the North East. Its located, you guessed it, at the mouth of the River Tyne on the north side of the river, just a few minutes drive from Newcastle City Centre. It is accessible by metro from both Sunderland and Newcastle making it the perfect place for a day out in the North East.
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Parking in Tynemouth
There are a great number of car parks in Tynemouth. Some are free, and some are pay and display ones. I will always opt for a free carp park, because I’m cheap like that! But when you do go for these ones they generally involve a little longer of a walk into the main area of Tynemouth.
The car park I normally use is called Low Lights Car Park. It is just along the prominade from the main street in Tynemouth, named very creatively; Tynemouth Road. However you get a lovely view over the bay and over to South Shields and beyond!
Postcode: NE30 1JN
This guide on Parkopedia is a great guide to use when searching for parking in Tynemouth.
Top 5 Things to do in Tynemouth
Tynemouth is quickly becoming a great place for a day out in the North East, perfect for families, young people, old people and everyone in between! Here are the top 5 things to do with your day in Tynemouth.
Quite easily the most popular thing to do in Tynemouth, the weekend markets are forever showing up on my newsfeed filling me with major FOMO! They have over 150 stalls there every Saturday and Sunday between 9am-3:30pm. Some of the places that I know of that are frequent visitors are Acropolis Street Food and We Are Cookie Freaks!
If you are going to Tynemouth on the metro then visiting the markets is a must because it is quite literally inside the station! It has been high on my list for a long time and hopefully one day soon I will tick it off the list!
The Tynemouth Priory and Castle is run by English Heritage who look after and preserve the 2000-year-old history of the site.
From the outside, this building looks absolutely incredible so I can only imagine how incredible it is inside! As already said, it’s run by English Heritage which means you do need to pre-book your tickets to visit through their website.
Standard admission is £6.90 for adults and £4.10 for children. But if you are a family visiting Tynemouth, then there are family tickets available. All the info can be found on the English Heritage Website.
It has been years since I visited the aquarium in Tynemouth, as I went on a primary school trip. However, from what I can remember it was incredible. And since I visited they have added the seals and seal show to their list of incredible creatures they have.
Tickets cost £14.50 for adults and £10.25 for children. You don’t need to prebook tickets but I would always recommend for people to do so. Have a look at their website for opening times, more ticket options and to find out what they have going on.
I am absolutely not one to recommend you get into the sea because the idea of being in that cold water is not something for me. However, watersports, namely surfing, are something that Tynemouth and Longsands beach is very popular and famous for.
The most highly recommended place to hire during kit from is none other than the Tynemouth Surf Shop. With them, you can simply rent the gear you need and their prices are incredibly reasonable. Or if you want to learn how to surf they do have lessons you can buy. Have a look at their website if you are interested in surfing and watersports!
Walk along the beaches
I feel like I have danced around this one throughout the last 4 topics. However, Longsands beach at Tynemouth is an absolutely incredible stretch of beach and king Edwards bay is a really beautiful spot sat in the shadow of the castle and priory!
The beaches are what has put Tynemouth on the map and they are absolutely a reason in themselves to visit this beautiful town!
Places to Eat and Drink
When you visit Tynemouth you will be absolutely spoilt for choice on where to go to eat and drink. Here are just some of the most highly recommended places you need to try:
- Surf Cafe
This is where I went when I visited and I believe it to be a really great spot! In the sunshine, sat on the cliff tops with a Fanta lemon! We could have been in some exotic place and not Tynemouth!
- Rileys Fish Shack
- Lola Jeans
- Longsands Fish Kitchen
Staycationing in Tynemouth
If you have made it this far in this post, then you are probably wondering how you are going to fit all of these incredible things into one day. And yes you could do multiple day trips to tick all these bits off your list. Or, you could make a full weekend (or mid-week) of it and stay a few nights.
Although Tynemouth itself has so much to offer, it is also on the pinnacle of so many other great places to see and things to do so you really could staycation to the max here in Tynemouth.
Here is a list of just some of the places and things to do nearby:
- Visit Newcastle City Centre
- Go Shopping at the Metrocentre
- See St Marys Lighthouse
- Explore South Shields and the coastline south of the River Tyne
- Travel north to Whitley Bay (don’t forget to see the Spanish City while you’re there!)
- Discover Seaton Sluice
Just to name a few!
So for anyone who was wondering is Tynemouth worth visiting? Yes, it is!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you end up visiting Tynemouth because of this post then I’d love to hear about it!
Stay Safe and Happy Adventuring!
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