Landmarks and Attractions in South Shields 

Home to award winning beaches and an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site, picturesque South Shields is so much more than a traditional British seaside town.

With a choice of historic sites and iconic landmarks, South Shields has a lot to offer. Dip your toes into the waters of one of the UK’s most extraordinary seaside town and discover a wealth of history thanks to the range of cultural and historical attractions including art galleries, exhibitions, museums, a theatre, historic buildings and monuments. With so much to choose from, which will you visit first?


Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort ·

Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB

(Closed from 27 September 2021 until 28 March 2022) Take a step back in time and visit Arbeia, South Shields' Roman Fort for a fascinating and inspiring insight into Roman Military life. The UNESCO World Heritage site has the finest full-scale Roman reconstructions in the country showcasing some of the most significant finds from that time. Stories are brought to life at Arbeia through a variety of events and displays including gladiator battles, falconry displays, Roman re-enactments, storytelling and more.


Souter Lighthouse & The Leas ·

Coast Road, South Shields, SR6 7NH

Souter was the first lighthouse in the world to be designed and built specifically to use alternating electric current, making it the most advanced lighthouse technology of its day. You’ll discover a range of trails, coastal walks and activities at Souter Lighthouse, including easy strolls for all the family across established limestone footpaths with breath-taking views of the stunning North East coastline.


Marsden Bay ·

Coast Road, South Shields, NE34 7BS

With dramatic cliffs, bays and caves, Marsden Bay is a must see attraction in the picturesque seaside town of South Shields. It is famous for the distinctive section of cliff, known as Marsden Rock, which has become detached from gradual sea erosion and a weakened structure. However, the bay itself also has a fascinating and intriguing history with tales of smuggling dating back to 1780s when the high cliff faces served as excellent coverage to moor boats full of illegal supplies.


Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village & Bede Museum ·

Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DY

Nestled in the heart of South Shields you will find the world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. Set across 11 acres, Jarrow Hall features a museum exploring the life and legacy of Bede, as well as reconstructed Anglo-Saxon dwellings and an Anglo-Saxon farm home to rare-breed and rescued animals. Enjoy re-enactments and participate in activities set to the backdrop of reconstructed historical buildings for a unique and educational insight into the regions past.


Ocean Beach Pleasure Park ·

Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD

Enjoy all the fun of the fair at the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park. You will find something for everyone with 18 thrilling rides such as the Pirate Ship, the Waltzer, Dodgems and Log Flume and 18 kids rides such as Mini Swings, Teacups and the Carousel. Ensure that you also sample some traditional British fairground food, with favourites such as fish and chips, hotdogs and candy floss.