Tynemouth Metro 10 things you may have missed 

If you haven’t seen Tynemouth Metro at first light, you really should, the lamps play funny tricks with the light, giving the impression of flying saucer shadows on the ground. Market days, normally Saturday and Sunday, are a big event, trying coming early before the traders have set up, see their heavily loaded vehicles queueing up outside and the rows of empty tables awaiting their arrival.

The Metro is home to a number of art works, temporary exhibits which occupy the central part of the bridge, and more permanent exhibits, there is a mosaic on one side of the metro and mural of Palestine on the other. There is also a tiled panel showing the once extensive Great North East Railway network.

On the far side of the bridge as you leave the metro, there are the remanants of an intricate hydraulic system which once operated a lift to hoist passengers luggage in to a storage area on the bridge, not a lot of people notice that. The bridge itself is a beautiful curved marvel as is the restored glass roof.

Tynemouth Metro

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Tynemouth Attractions – Shops

In many ways Tynemouth is the perfect english village with an ancient castle and priory at one end in which three kings of England are buried, at the other, a statue of Queen Victoria whose replica can be found in New Delhi. In between sit 800 metres of shops, cafe’s, restaurants and bars. There is only two big chains represented on Front Street, a Co-op and as ‘Subway’, apart from that all the retail outlets tend to the local and the unique, a bit like Newcastle’s Grainger Market. At night and at weekends the area is transformed by visitors, during weekdays it tends to be quiet. Once a year it hosts the Mouth of the Tyne Festival

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In recent years a number of beach based cafe’s have opened, adding a touch of glamour to the area, particularly Riley’s Fish Shack, located in the spectacular King Edward’s Bay.

Riley’s Fish Shack

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Cycling between Newcastle and Tynemouth

For 175 Years people have been commuting between Newcastle and the Coast.  Now there is a new way

Cycling between Newcastle and Tynemouth is safe and easy.  A fascinating route, with a myriad of way markers that make the journey very easy to follow.  Along the route you will see: North Shields Fish Quay, Low Light Heritage Centre, the Royal Quays, Willington Quay Viaduct, Neptune Yard, Segedunum Roman Fort, St Peters Marina, Ouseburn and the magnificent Newcastle Quayside.

 

Cycling Between Newcastle And Tynemouth

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