With its outstanding beach stretching from St. Marys Island in the north to culler coats in the south Whitley Bay is an extremely popular seaside town which appeals to a wide range of people.
Originally named Whitley, the 'Bay' was added to the name after much confusion with Whitby. The area was first held by the Prior of Tynemouth, Whitley came into the Crowns ownership after the dissolution of the monasteries until 1539 when the Crown granted ownership to the Percy family. The main sources of employment in the area were farming, coal and ironstone mining, limestone quarrying and lime burning.
More recently, Whitley Bay is popular for its local shops and cafes as well as its thriving night life. With a range of excellent Primary, middle and high schools in the area Whitley Bay is sought after by both families looking for the best education for their children, and young couples looking to 'settle down'.
Being situated approx. 10 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne the area benefits from a village-like atmosphere without being remote making it perfect for professionals who don't want to live in the city centre.
There are many different styles of properties in Whitley Bay and the surrounding areas, from large Victorian terraces to Tyneside flats meaning there is literally something for everyone. Currently undergoing multi-million pound regeneration, the centrepieces of which are The Spanish City a Grade II listed building and the Whitley Bay Playhouse which has recently been refurbished this coastal town is once again to become the holiday destination of choice in the North East.
There are many 'suburbs' of Whitley Bay each of which has its own personality from Monkseaton offering quiet town life set back slightly from the coast to Cullercoats with staggering sea views. Seaton Delaval is notorious for the famous 'Delaval Ices' where some of the UKs best ice cream can be found, Seaton Sluice with direct access to beach walks, Shiremoor an up and coming area of Whitley Bay brings affordable housing in a desirable postcode and finally Tynemouth, where some of the area’s most expensive properties can be found, epitomises the idyllic village lifestyle of the area.