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Destination Showcase

Intersesting information about North East destinations, that are easily accessible via the A19 Tyne Tunnels.

Interesting information about North East destinations within easy reach of the A19 Tyne Tunnels. Get an overview of local attractions and things to do.

15 minutes South — Leisure

The Beaches of South Shields

With miles of golden sands, South Shields has long been popular as a beach destination. From traditional seaside entertainment to rural coastal walks, open air concerts to independent local theatre, South Shields has something for everyone. Each September it is also the setting for the finish line of the world’s largest half marathon, the Great North Run.

The beachside marine parks are also worth a visit. South Marine Park has been restored to its Victorian glory, with pedalos, a miniature train ride, and fantastic play areas for children of all ages. There’s even an app available to help you find out more about the heritage of the park during your visit.

10 minutes South — Countryside

A hilltop climb to Penshaw Monument

Perched at the top of Penshaw Hill sits a National Trust treasure that would look more at home in Ancient Greece than modern Sunderland. After a clamber up the rocky hill visitors can freely explore the 70 foot high folly, built by the Earl of Durham in 1844.

The folly is said to replicate the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. It offers far reaching views across Wearside, and beyond. There are countryside walks leading from the monument for those wishing to make the most of their visit, including routes through the nearby Herrington Country Park.

15 minutes North — Retail

The markets and boutiques of Tynemouth.

Set on the rugged North East coast, with Tynemouth Priory holding fort at the river mouth, the village of Tynemouth is the perfect destination for a shopping trip. Filled with unusual and unique shops and boutiques, as well as a wide selection of tea rooms and restaurants, the Victorian train station also provides the setting for a popular antique and bric-a-brac market at the weekends.

A retail treat in a traditional English setting.

5 minutes North — Heritage

The hometown of Robert Stephenson

Robert Stephenson, the famed railway engineer and builder of locomotives, was born in the village of Willington Quay, close to the Tyne Tunnel site. You can find out about his feats of railway engineering at the nearby Stephenson Railway Museum, ten minutes north of the Tyne Tunnels at Middle Engine Lane, North Shields.

The museum is free to enter, and showcases some of George and Robert Stephenson’s locomotive creations, including the ‘Billy’, a forerunner of the world famous ‘Rocket’ train.