The late eleventh century Benedict Abbey are some of the most scenic ruins this part of the UK. The abbey is found on cliffs and it was encompassed by the walls of a castle. However, recent excavations have revealed that the location of the abbey was a place of worship much earlier. The oldest remains are two thousand years old and are from the Iron Age. Due to the height of the area and its orientation to the sun. The proximity of the Roman camp Albeia connects the two sites, and there are also Roman remains in the vicinity of the abbey. The English king Henry VIII put and end to the monastic life of this institution in 1539 with his reform, though the records show that there were religious activity until the seventeenth century. The remains are impressive, including Percy choir, which is perfectly preserved, considering all the wars suffered this site. From the abbey there are amazing views of the village, the sea and Edward bay, one of the beaches of Tynemouth. Admission includes the castle, priory and the Second World War bunker. It's one of the most recommended places as admission includes different sites.
The separation between South and North Shields is due to the entrance of river Tyne, navigable until just over to Newcastle, and it there becomes the port of Tyne, which is convenient for business (as most important English port are in the north) and tourists, even though there are two daily ferries between this port and the port of Amsterdam. The areas surrounding the harbor have lovely beaches, dunes, monuments, but I wanted to highlight the connection between the two countries, and I've come to see that it is not all that known and I think it's interesting to plan trips that are a bit different, such as this one. Newcastle, Sunderland and the Tyne are a different option to the norm in the North of England.
Near the ruins of the Castle and Priory Tynemouth this place cabe found among the rocks and cliffs of that small beach, which is part of a bay that opens up to the north sea, known as King Edward Bay. The name comes after King Edward II came to stay here, he was the king that settled in this area to control the development of the war against the Scots (led by King Robert I or Robert the Bruce), which would lead to defeat England in the fields of Bannockburn in 1314. The royal apartments have views and access to the beach, where it is said that the king used to walk. To get to the beach there is a set of stairs. Among the highest point and the beach itself, there is a path. However we will have the best views from the castle or priory (like an abbey but smaller). The beach is small but very picturesque and cold, as one would expect. But it is very clean and well maintained, giving it a very scenic image in the coastal zone. Also it is a place of escape for walking or to disconnect a bit, although you should go covered up as it is cold on the beach.
The Tynemouth Castle and Priory is the attraction par excellence of the area, with two very different historical pieces together. First there's the medieval castle located high on the cliff. And elsewhere, closer to the sea, there's the bunker and camp dating back to the Second World War, with the guns still on display. We went first to the castle, a strategic point with sweeping views that would have been very difficult to access during an invasion. At present, some of the outer walls and the main entrance tower remain, dating back to 1390. There is no clear evidence as to who was the lord of this castle, but of course in the Middle Ages not all castles were built for an owner, so it may have just been a strategic development. It was uninhabited until around 1705, and later there was a monastic priory built here and a military barracks. It's interesting to see the contrast of the medieval ruins with the bunkers and cannons of the Second World War. The bunker is well-preserved, providing a curious view of the way that this area was used for war in different ways, nearly 600 years apart.