Newcastle upon Tyne




Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Tynemouth - Whitley Bay Coast Guide  

Newcastle is a large commercial and industrial city situated on the River Tyne on the north east coast of England. It grew to prominence during the nineteenth century as a coal port, exporting coal all over the world. Shipbuilding was also an important industry during this period with many famous yards located along the riverbanks.

                                                        Newcastle waterfront at night 

Newcastle - River TyneFor details of  Newcastle Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions. Go to Newcastle Hotels  Guest Houses and Cottages

Unfortunately both industries declined in the early part of the twentieth century and the city went into decline. However, as is the case with much of Britain's industrial landscape, redevelopment has started apace and has transform the cities fortunes. Now it is a vibrant, multi-cultural society with new attractions, new industries and a new lease of life - particularly of the night-time variety. A notable addition to the waterfront is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge which can be tilted to allow ships to pass. There is a ferry port in North Shields at the mouth of the River Tyne with daily services to Amsterdam. 

Newcastle is part of a group of industrial cities which all join together to form the largest urban area in the north east and include; Gateshead, Sunderland and South Shields. All of these have maritime associations but none of them could be considered as resort towns. 

There are good seaside resorts within a few miles of the centre of Newcastle however, at Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. 


Tynemouth has a long sandy beach, promenade and harbour where the local fishing fleet is based. Tynemouth village is a short distance from the beach and there you'll find a mix of antique shops, fashion boutiques, eating places and superb village pubs. There is also a ruined castle and ancient prior on the hill overlooking the town.

Whitley Bay

Whitley BayThe famous town of Whitley Bay offers a great coastline, a famous lighthouse and a great atmosphere to welcome visitors. St. Mary's Lighthouse stands as a beacon on its own island and has done now for over 100 years. Although not in active service, the structure remains a popular draw for visitors and features in many a photographer's portfolio due to its stunning setting and appearance.

Whitley Bay is also known for its wildlife along the coast to the north of the town and also for the wildlife that takes place after dark!



         Whitley Bay beach       Newcastle waterfront    Angel of the North

                                     Whitley Bay                                                Newcastle                                             Angel of the North  

What to see around Newcastle - Tourist Attractions

Life Science Centre - Times Square, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4EP Tel: 0191 2438210

Discovery Museum - a science museum plus maritime history - Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA Tel: (0191) 232 6789

The Gate - is a shopping and entertainment complex offering cinema, restaurants and nightclubs. 

Angel of the North - huge sculpture in Gateshead - just look up!

Theatre Royal - opened in 1837 and still going strong - Grey Street Newcastle 

Blue Reef Aquarium - Tynemouth 

St Mary's Lighthouse & Visitor Centre - St. Marys Island, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE26 4RS Tel: 0191 2008650

Tanfield Railway - This site dates from 1647! - tracks originally used to take coal to Newcastle ! - so now you know!  - Marley Hill, Tyne and Wear, NE16 5ET Tel: 01207 280643

Map of the Newcastle area 

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Whether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. 

Attractions - see listings pages

A huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them -  from piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, 

Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....


We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

Photo Gallery

A great selection of photos from the Southwest region.





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