South Tyneside has a wealth of cultural and heritage attractions. Visitors can step back in time to the Roman era and visit Arbeia, the prize winning Roman Fort. Cross the Tyne to visit to Segedunum. Experience a slice of Anglo Saxon life at Bedesworld in Jarrow, the home of the Venerable Bede. Places in the books and life of Catherine Cookson, one of Britain’s best loved authors are popular attractions with a permanent display in the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery in Ocean Road.
Newcastle and Eldon Square or the Metro Centre in Gateshead is a wonderful place for shopaholics who also like to dine and be entertained. The newly developed Quayside area of Newcastle including the Baltic Gateshead and Sage Theatre is definitely worth a visit for an enjoyable night out. Sunderland also has a popular shopping centre The Bridges, and a visit to North Shields could include Royal Quays a shopping outlet near the Port of Tyne Ferries Terminal at North Shields.
For those who love the fresh air and open spaces a brisk walk along the cliftops will blow the cobwebs away. We are very proud of our local coastline with the panoramic views over the harbour and the North Sea. Souter Lighthouse, the first lighthouse to be powered by electricity, a National Trust treasure, it is situated at Whitburn. After a brisk clifftop walk you can rest at their tearoom and enjoy tea and homemade cakes and scones, sounds good to me.
For those who would like to travel further afield a ride up the Northumbrian coast is a must. Bamburgh Castle looming up from the rocks recalls images of bygone days. A visit to Lindisfarne, is accessible by a causeway but remember to check the tides or be stranded! For the energetic – a walk along Hadrian’s Wall and a visit to Vindolanda will certainly blow the cobwebs away. The fishing villages of Craster and Seahouses are the place to visit to enjoy delicious seafood.
Alnwick Castle and Gardens is an extremely popular family attraction and the fountains are really impressive. You may even see Harry Potter and Dumbledore walking through the castle passages