The 10 Best Things to Do in North Shields, United Kingdom (UK)

December 22, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

North Shields is a town on the north bank of the River Tyne in North East England, eight miles (13 km) north-east of Newcastle upon Tyne. Historically part of Northumberland, its name derives from Middle English schele meaning "temporary sheds or huts used by fishermen".
Restaurants in North Shields

1. Long Sands Beach

Tynemouth NE30, England
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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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.

2. Cullercoats Bike & Kayak

1A Norma Crescent, Cullercoats NE26 2PD, England
Excellent
95%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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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...

3. Shields Ferry

River Dr, North Shields NE33 1JR, England +44 191 202 0747
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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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

4. South and North Marine Parks

South Shields, England
Excellent
62%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Terrible
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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.

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

The Museum Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DY, England +44 191 424 1585
Excellent
56%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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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. St. Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

St. Marys Island | St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS, England +44 191 200 8650
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 627 reviews

St. Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

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.Wherever possible we are open seven days a week between May and September, and during weekends and school holidays in the winter. However, it is not possible for us to open on some days because of tidal conditions. The stated opening times can also be subject to variations on occasion due to weather affecting the times of the tide.

Reviewed By david221b - Scarborough, United Kingdom

With modern technology, even if YOU check the board in the car park (which tells you about tide times) those responsible (I found) cant get it right!...the day we visited, and its a lovely spot-parking charges are a bit high, the tide was due in an hour before we went across the causeway (on foot) to be on the side of the Lighthouse. We were only on the Island for 10 minutes and the causeway was covered in water, so yes, we got our feet wet and you don't get a car parking refund! bear this in mind when you visit, it is a good spot, lovely lighthouse-eyes on the tide though, as those responsible may not get it right, they didn't when we were there

7. Tynemouth Markets

Tynemouth Station, Tynemouth NE30 4RE, England +44 7907 468441
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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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
Excellent
60%
Good
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Satisfactory
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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
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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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. Tynemouth Priory & Castle

Tynemouth, Tynemouth NE30 4BZ, England +44 191 257 1090
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 453 reviews

Tynemouth Priory & Castle

Reviewed By RockyGateshead_UK - Gateshead, UK

There is plenty to interest a visitor of any age here. Lots of old and very ancient relics, modern warfare items and locations and a well stocked shop. There are also some fascinating old gravestones. The views are superb. The site has places to sit and relax. Altogether very good value.

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