Tynemouth & Whitley Bay

A Potted History

Tynemouth, perched high above the North Sea, was a supply port in the time of Roman occupation and was used to supply the nearby Hadrian’s Wall with much needed provisions. The now ruined priory was built by monks from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the 7th century. Much later in Victorian times the area was filled by the new breed of holiday-makers who arrived on the newly built railway to enjoy the areas sheltered bathing and boating.

Places of Interest

Sea Life Aquarium – more than 30 hi-tech displays provide encounters with dozens of sea creatures. Journey ‘beneath’ the North Sea and discover thousands of amazing sea creatures.

Black Middens – once notorious rocks near the Tyne entrance which in the 1860s claimed 5 ships in 3 days

Tynemouth Castle and Priory – dating from the 7th century this was the burial place for the Kings of Northumbria but was later destroyed by the Danes. Later founded as a Benedictine Priory and later still fortified but, now a picturesque ruin.