South Shields Tourist Information

Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse

Discover the spectacular coastline of South Shields, rich in colourful lighthouses and award-winning beaches,  all just a stone’s throw from Newcastle city centre via ferry or Metro service. Long a popular North East destination for a family holiday, South Shields on South Tyneside includes dramatic rock formations around beautiful Marsden Bay and a great choice of family attractions feature in the area such as family theme parks like Ocean Beach and Dune Adventure Island and miniature railways and crazy golf in North and South Marine Parks.

Take a tour around coastal landmarks like the National Trust’s Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn or visit the remains of the once mighty garrison Arbeia Roman Fort which dates from AD160, situated just 4 miles from the end of Hadrian’s Wall. Another precious heritage site in the area with plenty of on-site activities for children is Bede’s World Museum adjacent to Metro Bede. The site features excavations from the 7th/ early 8th Century monastery, a family fun farm park, cafe and more.

South Shields Beaches & Watersports

South Shields Beaches & Watersports

If you’re looking for a lively and family friendly seaside resort base near Newcastle, South Shields is the perfect choice with its wide selection of budget holiday parks, quality guest houses and pretty B&B tearooms. Award-winning South Shields beaches like Sandhaven are incredibly popular for kite surfing and water sports, and the resort is just a short Tyne & Wear Metro ride away from the Jarrow monastery and Newcastle city centre attractions. Other novel ways of touring the area include the South Shields ferry across to North Shields. Browse and book South Shields accommodation online now.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.