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Surfing in Tynemouth



The Long Sands

Less than a minutes walk from the cottage and you are on Tynemouth Long Sands which is one of the best beaches in the UK. Popalar throughout the year for surfing and other waters sports.




The Priory
Tynemouth Priory



Tynemouth Priory

Set in an almost impregnable position on a steep headland between the river and the North Sea, Tynemouth has always been as much a fortress as a religious site.

The priory is the burial place of Oswin, sainted king of Northumbria. After its destruction by Danish raiders, the present Benedictine priory was refounded on its site in c. 1090.



St. Mary's Lighthouse
St. Mary's lighthouse



Saint Mary's Island and Light House

Built in 1898 the lighthouse has been a landmark on the coast for many years, guiding seafarers until it was made redundant and is now a museum.

The Island and lighthouse are reached along a causeway which is covered by the rising tide twice each day. So, if you are caught out on the Island you have a wait!



Cragside House and Gardens
Cragside, House and Gardens



Cragside House and Gardens

  • Home of Lord Armstrong – one of the North East's great Victorians
  • The first house in the world lit by hydroelectricity
  • Possibly the largest rock garden in Europe and fantastic woodland estate
  • One of the red squirrel's last strongholds
  • A tricky rhododendron maze and adventure playground




Holy Island
Holy Island



Holy Island

Also known by its Celtic name as Lindisfarne, Holy Island is accessible only at low tide by a three mile long causeway, built in 1954.

Holy Island was one of the principle centres of Christianity during the Dark Ages and was given to St Aidan in AD635 by the King of Northumbria.
Even more famous and influential was St Cuthbert, whose life and teaching was a magnet for pilgrims.



Angel of the North
The Angel of the North



The Angel of the North

The 208-tonne “Angel” basically takes the form of a human figure based on artist Antony Gormley's own body. At 20 metres high, the Angel is higher than a five-storey building. Its wings are 54 metres wide - almost the same as a jumbo jet.

Overlooking the A1 at Gateshead, at least 90,000 motorists a day will pass by the sculpture. Rail passengers travelling on the East Coast mainline from London to Edinburgh will also see the angel as they approach Newcastle.




Baltic Flower Mill
The Milleneum Bridge in Newcastle



Shopping, Night Life - Eating out

Newcastle City Centre is only 9 miles from Tynemouth and easy to get to on the bus or by metro. The busy quayside area has the Milleneum Bridge and the famous Tyne Bridge.

There are many good restaurants and bars throughout Newcastle (and in Tynemouth too).

Newcastle has great shopping in Eldon Square in the city centre and in the Metro Centre on the south side of the river Tyne in Gateshead.



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