South Shields Tourist Information
South Shields is going from strength to strength, with its lively shopping area and popular open air markets, in the bustling town centre. The Metro system brings visitors into the heart of the newly refurbished Market place and main shopping area, where High Street stores and restaurants offer great choices. Markets are held four days a week (three in winter) in a traditional square, with the 18th century Old Town Hall at its heart. The historic church of St. Hilda stands on the south side of the Market Place. There has been a church on this site since 647 AD and the present church dates back to 1790.
There's a long and proud maritime tradition and a rich heritage of seafaring , shipbuilding and lifesaving heritage in South Tyneside, which is home of the nation's first purpose designed lifeboat. This piece of unique maritime history has pride of place in a monument between the North and South Marine Parks, one of the original lifeboats is beautifully preserved at the Wouldhave Memorial. The Volunteer Life Brigade, whose skills and dedication have saved countless lives since 1866, are trained at the distinctive wooden Watch House, situated on the South Pier. The Watch House contains a unique collection of shipwreck history and local maritime memorabilia. The elegant Customs House, housing a cinema, theatre, gallery and restaurant, stands in the quaint cobbled streets at Mill Dam, South Shields.
Visit the Roman Fort of Arbeia at South Shields, where you can take part in treasure hunts, Roman cookery, storytelling and Roman Market Days. Time Quest, provides hands-on experience of an archaeological dig. All the latest discoveries at Arbeia are documented on a touch-screen computer, which answers questions about the history of the fort and all the finds made since the 17th century.
South Shields seafront is a beautiful place to visit all year round. The golden stretch of Sandhaven Beach, with its backdrop of dunes, is especially popular with visitors. Littlehaven Beach lies at the mouth of the River Tyne and offers excellent sailing, windsurfing and angling opportunities, as well as panoramic views of the estuary. There is fun for all the family, at the Ocean Beach Amusement Park South Shields; with an exciting choice of the latest fairground rides, alongside traditional rides for younger children.
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