South Shields Hotels
Situated on the South Tyneside coast, South Shields is a large town whose near neighbours are Newcastle and Sunderland. Book a South Shields hotel with us and discover a town with dramatic scenery.
Bents Park, on the town's seafront, is an historic green space that is perfect for picnics and walks. During the summer the town hosts live events here such as Proms in the Park and the South Tyneside Summer Festival. Between the park and the sea is Sandhaven, a beach that is long, sandy and unspoiled. Marsden Bay, less than two miles down the coast, is an appealing melange of white sands and rock pools, teeming with muscles and crabs. Here you can explore smugglers' caves nestled within soaring cliffs. The bay is a nirvana for walkers and wildlife lovers. Ascend the cliff steps and look out for cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes and fulmars that form part of the seabird colonies on this breathtaking section of shoreline. And what's more, you'll have great views of Marsden Rock, Camel Island and beyond.
The windswept limestone cliffs known as The Leas constitute a two mile stretch that provides more stirring vistas. You'll find a series of paths here, some of which lead down to fascinating coves and caves, and beautiful bays. Located at the far end of the Leas is the world's first lighthouse designed to be powered by electricity. Souter lighthouse cuts a dash in its red and white hooped livery and is now maintained by the National Trust. Enter this coastal watchtower and see the cramped conditions in which the men had to work. Ascend the steep steps and you'll be rewarded with incredible 360° views from the light tower.
South Marine Park is a fun hive of activity for the whole and includes a giant sandpit complete with diggers and two miniature steam trains. Here you can stop off at the lake to feed the ducks before riding on pedalo. There are plenty of green spaces for ball games, frisbee throwing and in the summer, relax and listen to a brass band play at the Victorian bandstand. Neighbouring North Marine Park provides a genteel alternative where you can pitch and putt or play bowls.
Eating and drinking
Aneesa's is a very popular South Shields restaurant serving Indian and Punjabi cuisine. For fresh, aromatic coffee, and cake, Aldermans Coffee House has proved a hit in the town. They're child-friendly and serve home-cooked meals too. Relatively new to South Shields and building a great reputation for its food and atmosphere, Café Blanc specialises in a diverse tapas menu.
As Tyneside's third largest town, South Shields affords lots of shopping opportunities. Whether on the pedestrianised King Street or Waterloo Square, Ocean Road, Fowler Street, Queen Street or the Denmark Centre, you'll find a huge range of well-known retailers and plenty of interesting independents too. And on the town's Market Square, open-air markets are held up to four days a week.
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