1. Beaches – Obviously, it wouldn’t be a trip to the coast without setting foot on a beach and Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth all have stunning beaches. You can walk along the sea front to see them all or get the metro to a particular beach.
2. Food & Drink – What day at the seaside is complete without a good ice cream? Well, how about if I told you that Di Meo’s Deleval Ices in Whitley Bay goes above and beyond the criteria for a good ice cream with award winning Italian ice cream. However, if the cold Northern air gets too much for you then there’s countless cafés in each of the coastal towns; including Lottie McPhee’s cupcakes in Whitley Bay, Beaches & Cream on Cullercoats sea front and Dil and The Bear in Tynemouth. If you want to make a day of it, there’s also a huge selection of restaurants including Italians, Chinese and Indians.
3. Architecture – Alongside the beautiful beaches, there’s also historical buildings to be seen at the coast including the Spanish City dome and St Mary’s lighthouse in Whitley Bay. Another example is Tynemouth Priory which not only is recognised by English Heritage as a great place to learn about the region’s history but which has also been host to bands such as McFly and Lawson in the past during the Mouth of the Tyne festival in July.
4. Tynemouth Market – If you’re on the lookout for quirky gifts for friends or just a treat for yourself, the market in Tynemouth metro station every Saturday and Sunday is perfect for you.
5. The Blue Reef Aquarium – Another great day out at the coast is the aquarium. Not only can you see exotic fish here but also sea lions, seals, otters and even monkeys!