10 Things to Do in South Shields That You Shouldn't Miss

January 17, 2018 Marissa Gamble

South Shields is a coastal town at the mouth of the River Tyne, England, about 4.84 miles (7.79 km) downstream from Newcastle upon Tyne. Historically in County Durham, the town has a population of 75,337, the third largest in Tyneside after Newcastle and Gateshead. It is part of the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside which includes the towns of Jarrow and Hebburn. South Shields is represented in Parliament by Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck.
Restaurants in South Shields

1. South and North Marine Parks

South Shields, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 420 reviews

South and North Marine Parks

Reviewed By Albert B - South Shields, United Kingdom

Come and feed the Swans Ducks Moore Hens bring some greens with you they love that bread is not to good for the wildlife on our beautiful marine park pond. Other features is a miniature railway witch can be ridden around the park .... The Band stand looks amazing ... A ice cream parlour to satisfy your taste buds ... Also a Life boat which was one of the first built.

2. Shields Ferry

River Dr, North Shields NE33 1JR, England +44 191 202 0747
Excellent
68%
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26%
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6%
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Shields Ferry

Reviewed By HHMNewcastle - Newcastle upon Tyne

We use ferry frequently as it's a quick and easy way to get from North to South Shields. Only takes about 7 minutes and if you have a Metro pass it is free. Even paying its only about £1.50

3. Long Sands Beach

Tynemouth NE30, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 562 reviews

Long Sands Beach

Reviewed By Annette J - United Kingdom

The bay's beautiful expanse of smooth sand is the perfect place for a therapeutic, head-clearing hoof.
There are slopes/ramps leading to the beach as well as steps. The latter provide a good workout for the thighs!
I love strolling here whatever the weather, as the air is forever fresh and revitalising.
Such a simple pleasure year round, and one to treasure.

4. Cullercoats Bike & Kayak

1A Norma Crescent, Cullercoats NE26 2PD, England
Excellent
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5 based on 136 reviews

Cullercoats Bike & Kayak

#getsalty at the seaside with Cullercoats Bike & Kayak. We offer bike, kayak and paddleboard rentals as well as award-winning lessons and tours, including Coasteering trips and tours. Our staff and guides know this coast like no-one else so we're on hand for all the local knowledge you need. You can also enjoy locally roasted espresso, fresh and delicious food and an amazing selection of home-made cakes in The Snug Cafe, just upstairs from us. Ideal for relaxing after your adventure. We do everything we can to make yours a memorable day, our customers kindly awarded us a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence in 2015 and in 2016 we won gold in 'Guided Tour of the Year' and silver in 'Small Attraction of the Year' at the North East Tourism Awards.

Reviewed By LewisCraig - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

I did a Kayak lesson today with Josh, wanted to build my confidence before trying something more challenging and maybe going out on my own! I had an amazing time. I would highly recommend the lesson if you're wanting to give kayaking a go and see how you do. Great atmosphere, really fun session on the sea and everybody was very welcoming. Josh made us all feel comfortable and helped build our confidence and technique, whilst also keeping things fun and entertaining. I was initially a bit nervous about doing this on my own, but I'm so glad I did! Think I've finally found a great new hobby...

5. Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum

The Museum Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DY, England +44 191 424 1585
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum

Discover the incredible world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and the extraordinary life of Bede - the father of English history - at our 11-acre historical and environmental oasis. Jarrow Hall features at its heart a museum dedicated to exploring the fascinating life and legacy of Bede, an extensive Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm and reconstructed historic dwellings. With everything from farm talks to face-painting, combat to crafts, learning to lectures and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Jarrow Hall. Whether you're visiting our museum and Anglo-Saxon farm or just coming along for a quick coffee, lunch or meeting, Hive Coffee Company is also open throughout the week in Jarrow Hall House for all to enjoy. Jarrow Hall is suitable for visitors of all ages and is pet-friendly too. See our Opening Times and Visitor Information page on our website for more detail and to plan your visit.

Reviewed By PhilViking - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jarrow Hall is an excellent museum to explain and bring to life the early Anglo-Saxon times. It covers a wide range of artifacts in daily life as well as special monastic items. You begin to appreciate the development of the Jarrow area and its role in early Christianity. It is not dry -- while St Bede may not be Reading material in your school, the displays are designed for both kids and adults. The time passed all too quickly. No one was bored.
The Anglo-Saxon Farm with its furry cows, and pigs, along with goats,ducks,sheep,etc. are always a big hit with kids. They have reproduced the Farm as near to original as possible, including structures.
Finally, make sure to visit the crafts area of Jarrow Hall before you leave, so that the kids can create their own Anglo-Saxon memory.

6. Souter lighthouse

Address: Souter Lighthouse Souter Lighthouse, Coast Road, Whitburn, South Shields, SR6 7NH ..., South Shields, England +44 191 529 3161
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Souter lighthouse

Reviewed By Andy S - Northallerton, United Kingdom

We visited as a group, engineers with out partners. We had a very knowledgeable guide, Matt, who could answer all manner of questions. We all learnt quite a lot about Lighthouses and Souter in particular. A great afternoon was enjoyed by all, preceeded by a lovely light lunch in the café.

7. Tynemouth Markets

Tynemouth Station, Tynemouth NE30 4RE, England +44 7907 468441
Excellent
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4.5 based on 374 reviews

Tynemouth Markets

Reviewed By Mix-m8 - Sunderland, United Kingdom

Great atmosphere Many different stalls The food area is great Seating available Toilets are expensive Ideally situated in the metro station Been coming here for years and always feel that there is something different on the Saturday to the Sunday

8. Old Low Light Heritage Centre and Cafe

Clifford's Fort | North Shield's Fish Quay, North Shields NE30 1JE, England +44 191 257 4506
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Old Low Light Heritage Centre and Cafe

The Old Low Light is a grade II listed building - the oldest building on the Fish Quay in North Shields. We have a heritage gallery, which tells the story of North Shields and hosts changing Exhibitions. A café and shop, to relax and chill, and finally a third floor which is available for hire for parties, functions and meetings.

Reviewed By Ponte Vecchio - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Spent a couple of hours here- great background to the old low light and the fish quay. Cafe's good too- lovely coffee and lovely cakes! Loved the models of all the ships- surprised just how much I enjoyed looking at them!

9. Cullercoats Beach

Beverly Terrace, Cullercoats, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Cullercoats Beach

Reviewed By ndw78 - north east

This is a really busy beach when the weather is nice and people spend the whole day there due to everything being so close
The bay itself has lovely soft flat sand, with two piers either side which is popular for jumping off (although your not supposed too) at the back there's small caves, which can't be seen from the road side but are great for a little adventure. During the summer there's is a lifeguard present for added safety
There's a fish and chip shop, coffee shops, italian restaurant and ice cream all available on the main road
As with all the Beaches along this area they are a walk down too but this is the easiest to get too

10. Marsden Beach

143 Marsden Lane, South Shields NE34 7HN, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Marsden Beach

Reviewed By Bren1962 - Hebburn, United Kingdom

Marsden beach is beautiful you have to go up/down lots of steps to get onto the beach.
If you like to watch birds plenty go on the rocks.
The Marsden Grotto is on the beach there's a lift in which takes you down to the beach & you can take the dogs in & have a hot drink/food they do lovely afternoon tea think you might have to book though.

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