A popular place to come for tourist and locals during summer months Tynemouth is located on the North side of the mouth of the river Tyne about 6 miles from Newcastle. The blue flag certified beach “Tynemouth Long Sands Beach” has become popular with surfers and hosts international competitions for surfing and the other award winning beach King Edwards bay is located next to the priory.
The remains of the priory located at the headland on the North side of the Tyne was the original site of an Anglian monastery that was built during the 7th Century. The monastery was destroyed by the Danish in 875 after various attacks during the 800s and rebulit as the Benedictine priory in 1090. In 1296 the prior was granted permission to build outer defences in the form of a wall.
The main street of Tynemouth village leading to the Castle Gate features a selection of shops, bars and restaurants. A notable place to visit located on the corner of the street is the former congregational church, this 19th century building which retains many original features is home to a range of niche shops run by independent retailers.