South Shields Travel Guide

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South Shields Overview

South Shields is a coastal town in Tyne and Wear, England, located at the mouth of the River Tyne, and about 10 miles (16 km) downstream from Newcastle upon Tyne. The town has a population of 82,854,and is part of the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside, which includes the riverside towns of Jarrow and Hebburn and the villages of Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn.

As well as being the oldest and largest town in South Tyneside, South Shields is also one of the region's most popular seaside resorts. The area markets itself as Catherine Cookson Country, which attracts many visitors. Further improvements and developments to the seafront are planned.

The town and region include:

the reconstructed Roman Fort and excavations at Arbeia, which form part of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site
the town's museum & art gallery, including a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and times of Catherine Cookson
the Customs House theatre and arts venue and the historic Mill Dam riverside
traditional, continental and farmers' markets and high street shopping
seafront complete with promenade, parks, fairground and amusement arcades, crazy golf, skate complex, quasar laser, miniature steam railway and boating lake and live entertainment
coastal scenery, beaches and dunes at Littlehaven, Sandhaven and Marsden Bay
the National Trust-owned Souter Lighthouse and The Leas cliff tops
Temple Park Leisure Centre, and
an extensive network of cycle paths and trails
a newly refurbished multi-purpose family friendly complex at the seafront called Dunes Adventure Island, including a bowling alley, a soft play area, a fully licensed bar, Italian restaurant and an arcade.

There is a good choice of restaurants, cafes, public houses and nightlife as well as hotels, guest houses and caravan parks. South Shields plays host to an annual free summer festival and each autumn the town is the seaside finish to the world-famous Great North Run. Colmans Fish and Chip Restaurant has won several awards in recent years

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