South Shields is not only the oldest and biggest town in the Port of Tyne. It is also the area’s most popular seaside resort town, and it offers many wonderful things to see and do.
Excavations at Arbeia and the reconstructed Roman fort are part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. All modern buildings were cleared from the site in the 1970s. Overlooking the River Tyne from the Lawe Top, it was first excavated in the late 19th Century. The Roman gatehouse and barracks have been reconstructed, and the museum has artifacts found at the site.
The Port of Tyne’s Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields has many thrilling rides and games for visitors, including two roller coasters. You’ll always find a crowd at this fun amusement park next to Sandhaven Beach. Sandhaven Beach in South Shields is a popular spot for families and people who love the gold sand. Lifeguards cover the beach in the summer, and it is cleaned every day.
In the Port of Tyne’s North Shields, visitors can learn about the glory-days of the steam railroad at Stephenson Railway Museum. In addition to the displays, you can ride a real steam train and learn about the area’s history with coal and electricity.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Tyne and Wear, Newcastle, or Tyneside by sea can find a schedule of cruises on the Port of Tyne website.