Photo: Jon Oakley

Mounted on a headland that overlooks both the North Sea and the Tyne River is a colossal coastal defence, Tynemouth Castle. The caslte and adjoined Benedictine Priory, dominate the area of Britain that was once the most heavily fortified region in England.

This is a destination of enchanting beauty scattered with the remains of nearly 2,000 years of history. The ruins overlook Tynemouth pier and the site is the burial ground of three early kings of Northumbria; Oswin, Osred, and Malcolm III.

Venture down beneath the castle ruins to the ancient chapel. The chapel is adorned with ornamentation fit for both religious and military use. Take time to admire the painted ceilings, stained glass windows, and numerous coats of arms.

Even with the many years of damage, this fortress was still in use as a coastal defence, standing guard over Tyne during WWI and WWII after the restoration of the magazine and battery gun in 1936. The refurbished magazine, battle gun and chapel are all open to visitors and the castle runs regular exhibitions, such as ‘Life in the Stronghold.’

Whether your interests are religious, military or history based, you will be inspired by this enchanting piece of the past.


Pier Road, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4BZ
Tel: 0191 257 1090
Times: April – September, daily, 10.00 – 17.00
October, Thursday – Monday, 10.00 – 16.00
November – March, Saturday & Sunday, 10.00 – 16.00