South Shields Tips
Marsden Grotto is the most stunning pub to have lunch or a drink with friends. Built on a sandy beach with ancient rock formations, caves and rock pools, the back half of the pub itself is a cave in the cliff. Often flooded by high tides in Winter, it is best visited in the Summer months though itís a long way down steep stairs if the lift isnít working, which frequently happens. Really nice to just sit on the raised patio watching the waves whilst having a quiet drink, and sometimes there are even sea lions playing in the sea! -
Jane S, visitor.
The docks area of South Shields has been completely renovated in recent years, as has the rest of South Tyneside with slum clearances and whole streets of buildings demolished, boatyards closed and new apartment blocks built where old shipyards once stood. For a spectacular view of the Tyne and the riversides of both North and South Shields, drive up to the Lawe Top in South Shields. There are a few parking bays on the road where you can stop, walk up to the bridge and look back across the river. From there you can see the river as it snakes around where the Mill Dam and Seamanís Mission used to be and see the new apartments which now stand in their place. Look beyond and you can see Jarrow and Hebburn in the distance on the south side and North Shields and Wallsend on the north side. All the shipping is now virtually gone from the Tyne but there are still a few small craft left Ė even the QE2 recently made a trip up the Tyne to Newcastle. - Denise
You canít quite see the two piers at the mouth of the river from the previous viewpoint. For that you need to continue on the same road and down towards the beach. Park up in the sailing club car park if space permits, and walk along to the river Ė from there you can see both piers and get a good view of any ships coming in or leaving the Tyne.