Located at the mouth of the River Tyne and the North Sea, South Shields is a community of approximately 82,000 people that is quite famous for their fish and chip restaurants, coastal scenery, and its beaches and dunes at Marsden Bay, Sandhaven, and Little Haven. In recent years the seafront has been completely remodernised and is a popular for tourists and locals alike. Just to the north, across the River Tyne, is North Shields and one can take a short, but scenic, ferry ride across the river. This ferry service has been in existence between the two towns since 1377. Located just 5 miles (8 km) from Newcastle, South Shields is only a short drive from the international airport located in Newcastle.
Being one of the oldest and largest towns in South Tyneside, this area is very popular for tourists and day trip travelers looking to soak up the sun, be by the sea, and perhaps take a leisurely walk down beautiful stretches of beaches.
Attractions in the area include:
- The coastal attractions are numerous including sandy beaches, promenade, fairground and amusement park, skating park
- Marine park offers a boating lake, with Swans to feed, childrens playground and park which operates a ride a 9 ” gauge steam minature railway.
- An arts venue at historic Mill Dam and the Custom House Theatre
- Museum and Art Gallery with a permanent exhibition dedicated to Catherine Cookson
- Souter Lighthouse and The Leas cliff tops
- Cycle paths and trails
South Shields offers a diverse selection of restaurants, cafes, nightlife and entertainment. During summer months live entertainment is held outdoors in Bents park and along the promenade Amphitheatre. South Shields also is the location for the autumn seaside finish of the world famous Great North Run.
One of the most popular seaside resort areas in South Tyneside, it is also one of the largest and biggest. Specific sights to see other than the natural beauty of the remarkable northern coastline, the broad and flat seaside beaches, or The Leas with its miles of open green spaces would be the 1998 “Spirit of South Shields” sculpture overlooking the mouth of the River Tyne or the reconstructed Roman Fort, which forms a portion of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.
The Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum offers a look at the continued excavations of a Roman supply base that was once located close to the current location of South Shields. This fort, going back to the 4th century AD has a life size replica of the West Gate that will give you a realistic idea of what the forts defenses were like. Archaeologists have also discovered the remains of a settlement that dates back to the Iron Age in the area.
Not mentioned yet is the striking pier that extends out to create a safe harbor for shipping that is approximately one mile in length. Home to many anglers when the weather permits, this pier is a great spot to fish for Cod, Coalfish, Whiting, Flatfish, and Mackerel as well as many other species of fish. The pier during rough weather can be very dangerous as the North Sea is known to crash over the pier and has even swept a number of anglers away. In order to ensure the safety of the public gates have now been erected by the local council and are locked in the event of servere weather.
Ocean road that leads from South Shields town centre to the sea front and has a good selection of Bed and breakfasts and guesthouses accommodation and at the very end on just off the sea front you have the Sea Hotel.
Ocean Road also offers a great selection of restaurants and is home to Colman’s of South Shields Fish and Chip Restaurant and Takeaway, this restaurant is famous for providing their fish and chips for the Queen’s Birthday party. Other restaurants include award winning Indian restaurants and selection other cuisine including Chinese and Italian. The majority of restaurants along Ocean Road which leads from the town centre to the sea front are Indian and is affectionately known as currry mile having the greatest density of Indian restaurants anywhere in the world.
South Shields Nightlife
A good selection of pubs and nightclubs make Friday and Saturday nights especially lively in South Shields with bars to suit all ages for 18-80. The majority of pubs of around the town center area are jumping at the weekend with music played in most. Bars near the Customs house on Mill Dam are suited more to older generation that enjoy a good pint with the Steamboat getting the Camra pub of the year. The Alum Ale house is another good pub if you like real Ale with a selection that includes Oakham Ales Monpessons Gold, the Rev James, High House Farm Auld Hemp and Houston Killellan.
The Glitterball offers free entry and has two rooms one palying a great selection of party classic music from 70’s and 80’s and upstairs venue cutting edge dance and R & B.
A twin venue gives music lovers the chance to gain entry to both venues for one price. The music offered at Vogue ranges from dance, hardhouse ,70s all the way to modern day commercial dance. While Roaxannes
Dusk Nightclub has great selection of music and frequently holds special events including Foam Parties, Beach Parties, Old school nights, celebreties and Guest DJ’s.
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