North Shields



North Shields dates back to the 13th Century and has a fascinating history. In 1225 a village of shielings (fisherman's huts) developed where the Fish Quay stands today. North Shields took its name from the shielings and the fact it stands on the north bank of the River Tyne. Significant investment and regeneration has rejuvenated the Fish Quay in recent years. Whilst still a working Quay it benefits from a variety of housing and boasts a vibrant social scene with a wide range bars and restaurants, from traditional fish restaurants to stylish brasseries.

From the Quay you can stroll along the promenade towards the Mouth of the River Tyne and take in the breath-taking views of the river entrance, the piers and Collingwood Monument. The walk eventually brings you to a headland known as the Spanish Battery and the magnificent Tynemouth Priory and Castle which overlooks King Edwards Bay and the golden long sands of Tynemouth. Our North Shields branch is located on the edge of the newly renovated Northumberland Square in central North Shields, in a historicaly noted building of Northumberland Place.

The west of North Shields town has also undergone an extensive regeneration programme, which has seen the revitalisation of the redundant Albert Edward docks. The Inflata Nation bounce dome, an outlet shopping centre boasting a pethora of shops and cafes, a bowling alley and roller disco, and a marina form the centrepiece to the Royal Quays development.

North Shields benefits from excellent transport links with the Tyne and Wear Metro providing access to Newcastle, Sunderland, Newcastle Airport and many other destinations. There are also various bus routes, a half hourly ferry service to South Shields and even an international ferry terminal to The Netherlands and other parts of nothern Scandinavia!