South Shields is Tyne and Wear

By: Douglas Scott

South Shields is a coastal town in Tyne and Wear, England, on the south bank of the mouth of the River Tyne, with a population of about 90,000. It is part of the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside.

Damaged by bombing during World War II, the town has undergone much preplanning and rebuilding and is now a vibrant riverside town.

The Tourist Information Centre offers advice and information to help you make the most of your visit. Experienced staff provides advice on accommodation, entertainment, places to visit, shopping, eating out, leisure activities and local services.

The natural beauty of stunning cliff tops and award winning beaches to awe inspiring Roman history. The picturesque villages to friendly, bustling towns. The oasis of calm amongst the ruins of a monastery to all the fun of the fair in a traditional seaside resort South Shields is a must.

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery features the Tales of South Tyneside Gallery an exhibition exploring local history during the life and times of Dame Catherine Cookson. Born at Tyne Dock, South Shields, the world famous author is South Tynesides most famous resident.

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, located on an area of high ground known as the 'Lawe' overlooking the sea at the mouth of the River Tyne. The museum uses excavated remains, finds and a stunning reconstruction of the original West Gate to give visitors a unique insight into life at the Roman fort.

Visitors can also explore the fascinating Souter Lighthouse, now owned by the National Trust. This striking Victorian structure boasts wonderful views over Marsden Bay and the notorious currents of Whitburn Steel.

On the other side of the you can find wet and wild. Tropical indoor water park. A fun water playground providing the wildest and wettest indoor rapid experience. Whirlpools, slides and meandering lazy river. It provides a mix of water based fun activities for all the family, where you pay once and play all day.

A passenger only cross river ferry also serves the towns of North and South Shields. The Port of Tyne situated at Tyne Dock is a growing terminal handling large volumes of freight, including exports from the Nissan car plant at Washington.

Weather is typical of the north east of England. Wet and dull most of the time with the exception of summer months July and August where if your lucky you may see some sunshine.

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