Tynemouth priory and castle guide.

Pier Rd, Tynemouth, North Shields NE30 4BZ

We visited tynemouth castle and priory as part of our weekend stay at Whitley bay.

Tynemouth Castle and Priory is on the coast of North East England and was once seen as one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland.

With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out. A popular spot to enjoy the view and a great location to have a picnic, lie back and enjoy the sea air, whilst the kids run around the green areas using their imaginations.

We parked on the Main Street up from the castle, this is charged per minute, you must pay by cash or download the app to pay.

On arrival, we walked in and paid on the day. English heritage state “you don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you’ll always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit”.

Prices were different to the poster outside the castle, however they do say, they have introduced peak, standard and off-peak tickets to help manage visitor numbers at the most popular times of year, and on the most popular days of the week.

We entered via the shop and once paid entry, you exit via their door onto the grounds. You are welcome to stay as long as you like once you’ve entered the grounds.

The girls loved running around the grounds and feeling the story behind, they really enjoyed climbing up and down the castle stairs and looking out.

They enjoyed heading into the church area and spoke about religion. This was a great educational day out for the girls, even though they are only young, they are still very curious.

As we walked around we experienced and could feel the Tynemouth’s story from its original beginnings as an Iron Age settlement, an Anglo-Saxon monastery, a royal castle and a coastal defence. The gun battery was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars.

The education behind the scenes is great for both adults and children. Especially teenagers who may be studying history at school, this will really help give them a feel of what they are studying.

They also had some beautiful views overlooking the river Tyne and the North Sea.

The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried.

There is a visitors centre which has an information section, as-well as toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Masks are asked to be worn in crowded and indoor spaces but we just took turns of waiting for other bubbles to come out of the indoor areas.


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