Landmarks and Attractions in Tynemouth & Whitley Bay 

Boasting Blue Flag, award winning beaches, and landmarks steeped in history, you'll find plenty to see and do in the charming seaside towns of Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Seamlessly merging old and new, you will find contemporary restaurants housed within iconic historical buildings, which have been beautifully restored. You’ll also encounter an iconic lighthouse, historical ruins and castles all with a tale to tell, offering an insight into the intriguing past of these popular and traditional coastal towns.  


Spanish City ·

Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay, NE26 1BG

Dating back to 1910, the iconic domed roof of Spanish City can be seen far and wide, evoking many fun filled and cherished memories of years gone by. Holding a place in the heart of many locals, the building was originally a concert hall with a ballroom added in 1920, followed by a popular funfair, before closing in 1999. The restored building now boats a choice of dining experiences with a steak and seafood restaurant, a stylish champagne bar, a fish and chips restaurant and a decadent tea room, all offering outstanding views of the North East coastline to enjoy whilst you dine.


Tynemouth Priory & Castle ·

Pier Road, Tynemouth, NE30 4BZ

Discover Tynemouth’s 2000 year history including a royal castle and an Anglo-Saxon monastery whilst admiring the stunning surrounding views, which make it a great spot to visit for an informative yet fun day out. Uncover Tynemouth's original beginnings as an Iron Age settlement, an Anglo-Saxon monastery, a royal castle and a coastal defence. The gun battery was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars.


St. Mary's Lighthouse ·

St Mary's Island Causeway, Whitley Bay, NE26 4RS

St. Mary’s Lighthouse stands proud on a tiny little rocky, tidal island, linked to the mainland by a short concrete causeway which is submerged at high tide. Climb the 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse for the most spectacular views of the North East coastline. You can also discover the history of the Lighthouse and gain an insight into the wildlife of St. Mary’s Nature Reserve.


Stephenson Railway Museum ·

Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, NE29 8DX

English railway engineers George Stephenson and his son, Robert Stephenson spent 20 years in North Tyneside pioneering ideas which helped spread railways and locomotives around the world. In honour and in celebration of their achievements, the Stephenson Railway Museum presents a fascinating locomotive display including George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world-famous Rocket. Animated film and displays explore how trains work and on scheduled days, you can even take a ride on a 1950s passenger train pulled by steam.


Blue Flag Beaches ·

North Tyneside

Tynemouth and Whitley Bay are renowned for their choice of beautiful beaches, many of which boast Blue Flag awards. Expect glorious, un-spoilt stretches of golden sand, as well as picturesque secluded bays and coves, creating the perfect backdrop for fun filled days out. If you’re looking to try something new there’s a whole host of water sports for you to try, such as surfing and paddle boarding, with lessons and board hire available on-site.