South Shields seafront is a beautiful place to visit all
is always plenty to do and explore no matter what the weather. This town is
primarily concerned with industry, however has a thriving tourist trade that is
growing every year.
The golden stretch of Sandhaven Beach, with its backdrop of
dunes, is especially popular with visitors. Littlehaven Beach lies at the
mouth of the River Tyne and offers excellent sailing, windsurfing and
angling opportunities, as well as panoramic views of the estuary. There is
fun for all the family, at the Ocean Beach Amusement Park South Shields;
with an exciting choice of the latest fairground rides, alongside
traditional rides for younger children.
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Safe on the Beach
There's a long and proud maritime tradition and a rich heritage of
seafaring , shipbuilding and lifesaving heritage in South
Tyneside, which is home of the nation's first purpose designed lifeboat.
This piece of unique maritime history has pride of place in a monument
between the North and South Marine Parks, one of the original lifeboats is
beautifully preserved at the Wouldhave Memorial.
The Volunteer Life Brigade, whose skills and dedication have saved
countless lives since 1866, are trained at the distinctive wooden Watch
House, situated on the South Pier. The Watch House contains a unique
collection of shipwreck history and local maritime memorabilia. The elegant
Customs House, housing a cinema, theatre, gallery and restaurant, stands in
the quaint cobbled streets at Mill Dam, South Shields.
South Shields is going from strength to strength, with its lively
shopping area and popular open air markets, in the bustling town centre. The
Metro system brings visitors into the heart of the newly refurbished Market
place and main shopping area, where High Street stores and restaurants offer
Markets are held four days a week (three in winter) in a traditional
square, with the 18th century Old Town Hall at its heart. The historic
church of St. Hilda stands on the south side of the Market Place. There has
been a church on this site since 647 AD and the present church dates back to
There are wonderful parks, beaches and places to picnic. No better sunny
afternoon can be spent other than a ride with Mike aboard the Santa Fe -a
railway system around South park, and to feed the numerous swans on the
nearby lake. There is a wonderful promenade along the sea shore and the
short walk into town passes an esplanade of colourful victorian, old
fashioned and comfortable guest houses.
South shields is a cosmopolitan town and this is reflected by the number
of delicious smelling Oriental and European restaurants here. However, you
may never again taste fish and chips straight out of the wrapper as
wonderful again - until you return to South Shields.
Watch out for the giant seagulls though.....because they like fish and
chips too, and they are NOT afraid to take them away from you if you are not
Take a trip on the ferry across to North Shields and watch the trawlers
unloading their catch. This is also the place of the world's first and only