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Top 5 Beaches in the North East

There’s nothing better than a trip to the beach. Whatever the weather it’s always a great day out.

Fortunately here in Newcastle getting there isn’t an issue thanks to the Metro, which can take you from the city centre to the coast in less than 30 minutes. And being in the North East we’re also close to some of the best beaches in the country.

However, having beaches in abundance makes it difficult to find the best one – so here’s a guide to help you plan your seaside adventure.

1. Seaside rides and amusement at South Shields

Ocean Beach pleasure park. Image by Sam Leighton (Link via Flickr: http://bit.ly/2azWJmM )

Ocean Beach pleasure park. Image by Sam Leighton (Link via Flickr: http://bit.ly/2azWJmM)

As well as a sandy beach, South Shields has its own pleasure park and amusements featuring rides you’ll remember from childhood. Waltzers, dodgems and ghost trains are lined along the sea front alongside pirate crazy golf and indoor arcades.

Walking along the promenade takes you past many fish and chip restaurants and ice cream parlours so you can stop off for a compulsory bag of chips! But the beach is the true draw for those who fancy a wander or a game of volleyball in summer.

2. Boutique shops at Tynemouth Longsands

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Just a 25 minute Metro journey from Newcastle city centre, Tynemouth is perfect for heading out for a nice lunch, a spot of window shopping or a walk along the pier.

A lovely seaside town, it’s full of quirky pubs and restaurants serving a variety of food – including the seaside essential, fish and chips. You’ll also find small boutique shops filled with trinkets, ice cream parlours and the old ruins of a priory that looks out to sea.

Longsands beach is popular for surfers, but for those that don’t fancy getting in the water there is also a pier so that you can wander out to sea.

3. Cullercoats

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Five minutes away from Tynemouth is Cullercoats Bay, a lovely sandy beach with a pier and small caves full of geological features. It’s a more relaxing, beach – perfect for picnics with friends.

Just a short walk between Cullercoats and Tynemouth is a dinosaur-themed crazy golf and the Bluereef Aquarium with all kinds of sea life.

4. The Farne Islands and Seahouses beach

Puffins at the Farne Islands. Image by Keith Loaf (Link via Flickr: http://bit.ly/2a1F75s)

Puffins at the Farne Islands. Image by Keith Loaf (Link via Flickr: http://bit.ly/2a1F75s)

If you’re lucky enough to have access to a car, you’ll find Seahouses about 40 minutes up the coast from Newcastle. There is lots to see and do here, which makes it worth the slightly longer journey.

Seahouses has it all: several fish and chip restaurants, crazy golf, a huge souvenir shop, a great beach and a lovely long pier next to the marina. You’ll also find stalls offering ferry journeys to the Farne Islands  – one of England’s greatest seabird colonies.

If you don’t have access to a car you can still take a bus, which is about a two hour journey. However it’s definitely worth it for a visit the Farne Islands alone.

5. The Quayside Seaside

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Finally another one of the best beaches around happens to be right on your doorstep!

The Quayside Seaside is a lovely artificial beach area just along from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge that brings you all the fun of the seaside without even having to leave the city.

Featuring bright beach huts and beach volleyball, it’s the perfect city space when the sun is shining. Another new addition for this year is Riley’s Fish Shack, a pop-up restaurant ran by the team from the original located in Tynemouth.

With a wonderful iconic view of the Quayside including many restaurants, cafes and the art gallery across the bridge, why go anywhere else?

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