Tynemouth, Castle and Priory
High on the headland at the estuary of the River
Tyne, a short metro ride from Newcastle is the small
resort of Tynemouth, a popular place at the weekend,
with many fine shops, cafes and restaurants, including
the famous delight of fish and chips with fish landed
at the nearby North Shields Fish Quay. There is a fine
beach at the bottom of a steep cliff which has steps
leading down from the village itself.
Each weekend Tynemouth market is held in the
Victorian station, where you’ll find antiques,
crafts, collectables and jewellery, along with
artisan foodstalls. The station is used as part
of the modern metro link and takes about 40
minutes from Newcastle city centre.
The statue of Admiral Lord Collingwood
commemorates his leadership in winning the Battle
of Trafalgar whilst Admiral Lord Nelson lay
mortally wounded. Four naval guns from his ship,
Royal Sovereign point across the estuary of the
River Tyne and the North Sea.
A stroll along the clifftops will take you along
to Whitley Bay a Victorian seaside resort and
a rocky headland of St.Mary’s Island which is
accessible on foot.
A ferry ride will take you over the Tyne to South Shields
and further south can be found Souter Lighthouse, the first
lighthouse in the world to be lit by electricity. The
nearby coastal village of Whitburn has a very fine windmill
with a commanding view across the North Sea.
Day trips can be arranged with your tutor to take you further afield to discover the Northumberland coast with its stunning castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamborough and miles of unspoilt beaches. This can include a trip to Holy Island and the Farne Islands where you can mingle with grey seals, puffins and kittewakes.
Travelling south is to be found Whitby in North Yorkshire, where Captain Cook set sail to discover Australia and the Cook Islands. This picturesque fishing port has the finest fish and chip restaurants in the country. Whitby is famous for its jet jewellery which is crafted from the jet found on this Jurassic coast.