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The Way of the Sea – Bitesize Walk One

Tynemouth Priory

Monks, Admirals and Fish & Chips

Distance: 1 -2 miles

Start: Clifford’s Fort, North Shields Fish Quay (public bus, train, car or bike)

Route: North Shields Fish Quay – The Flatts – The Collingwood Monument – Tynemouth  

Finish: Tynemouth Priory and Castle

In a nutshell:

A “shieling” was originally a fisherman’s hut and several were built on both banks of the River Tyne giving rise to the place names North and South Shields.

North Shields Fish Quay is home to historic buildings but commercial fishing remains at its heart and the Quay is proud to be rated as England’s largest prawn port. Fans of seafood can buy wet fish to take home or relax in one of the Quay’s many restaurants.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle offers up a centuries-old story of monks, kings and coastal defence.      

The Collingwood Monument honours Lord Nelson’s second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.  On shore leave, Admiral Lord Collingwood carried acorns in his pocket planting them randomly in the hope that oak trees would grow to supply the navy’s needs for timber to build mighty warships.

Why not visit: 

  • Christ Church - the Mariners’ Chapel, North Shields 
  • Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields Fish Quay 

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

    Tynemouth Priory and Castle
    Nr North Pier
    Tyne And Wear
    NE30 4BZ


    +44 191 257 1090
  2. Contact Details:

    Fish Quay
    North Shields
    Tyne & Wear
    NE30 1HF


    +44 0191 200 5164

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Tynemouth Priory and Castle (55.01767,-1.41972)North Shields Fish Quay (55.00944,-1.43518)1.21
Total Distance *1.21 miles
Estimated Journey Time2 minutes

* Approximate distance by road