The coast meets the countryside in Whitley Bay, a charming seaside town in north-east England. Along with rock pooling, swimming and surfing, Whitley Bay is home to some of the United Kingdom’s best fish and chips, traditional British pubs and classy cocktail lounges.
Things to do in Whitley Bay
Admire the glorious central dome of the Spanish City, a historic seaside funfair that first opened in 1910. Sit down for traditional afternoon tea in Valerie’s Tearoom, pop a bottle of bubbly at the Champagne Bar or indulge in a sumptuous seafood feast on the mezzanine.
Walk across the sandbank at low tide to reach the iconic St Mary’s Lighthouse. Discover over 100 years of history at the lighthouse museum before climbing 137 steps to admire a panoramic view of North Yorkshire and the Cheviot Hills. On some evenings you can even catch glimpses of the Northern Lights.
Do you enjoy keeping active? Explore the waters of Whitley Bay on a paddleboard or kayaking adventure. Tour the rocky caves and coves to see seals swimming or cycle along the promenade to stop at enticing beaches for a refreshing swim.
Find traditional and retro treats at Bay Sweets & Gifts, one of England’s few remaining traditional candy shops. You’ll find giant gobstoppers, sherbet fountains and Britain’s favorite seaside rock candy. For more family fun, immerse yourself in virtual reality at Pirate Escape Rooms.
Getting around Whitley Bay
Whitley Bay is serviced by Newcastle Airport, a one-hour bus or 30-minute taxi ride away. The seaside town is easily explored on foot, while buses, trains and taxis are available for accessing the coast or Newcastle.