Our absolute favourite thing about living near to Newcastle upon Tyne is that we seem to have the best of all the worlds – we are not too far from the city, with all that it brings – great night life, shops, amazing restaurants and museums – and also have countryside on the doorstep, and the sea tantalisingly close, too!
If you visit Newcastle, and stay in one of the many hotels, like the Travelodge, after you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, or partied like a crazy young lop, do jump on the Metro, and get off at Tynemouth, Cullercoats, or Whitley Bay.
The beaches are stunning. In the summer, of course you can sunbathe on the sand. In the winter a bracing stroll along the promenade is just the thing to whip out those cobwebs.
In the summer there is also the brilliant Mouth of the Tyne festival, which each year has street performers to delight and amaze, as well as very regular food and drink festivals. Very soon I’ll be popping along to pick up some unique Christmas gifts from the weekend market in Tynemouth Station, which really is a bit of a hidden gem. There are some fabulous stalls with books, food, and an interesting assorted mix of old and new goods for sale. Even my mum, who doesn’t like shopping, enjoys a potter around the market!
Just around the corner from Tynemouth Priory is Lord Collingwood monument, overlooking the mouth of the Tyne, watching the boats come in and out, with ferries travelling daily to Amsterdam and beyond.
And just along the promenade is the Fish Quay of North Shields, with the bustling fish market, the Low Light museum, and of course the famous fish and chip restaurants that regularly have queues down the street.
A little way north is Whitely Bay, which has the Dome of Spanish City, and the lighthouse on St Mary’s Island. We absolutely love rock pooling around the lighthouse; finding little crabs, and digging in the sand. There’s coal to be found in the shoreline, too!
So my top tip for when you’re visiting Newcastle upon Tyne is do not stay in the city! All the incredible sights along the coastline await you, just a hop on the metro away!
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