Only a 45 minute drive away, South Shields is a great place to visit with something for everyone.
There is no comfort stop en route to or from South Shields and after leaving Aycliffe, you will be taken straight to the Little Haven Hotel right on the sea front for lunch (provided at no cost to you).
Leek & Potato Soup
Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding with Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Apple Pie with Custard
Just a five minutes walk from South Shields seafront is Arbeia Roman Fort, the most extensively excavated Roman military supply base in the Empire.
Built in AD160, this UNESCO World Heritage Site stood guard at the mouth of the River Tyne and once controlled the main port of entry to the Roman Empire in Britain. It holds one of the finest collections of Roman finds along Hadrian’s Wall and nearly all were discovered in and around the Fort from excavations that have taken place over the years.
If you want to walk off your lunch, you can take a leisurely stroll along the modern promenade or though the South or North Marine parks and of course there is always shopping. If shopping is your thing, there is a small market (at the end of King Street) each Monday and hidden behind King Street are Debenhams, Next and River Island.
A new attraction in South Shields is ‘The Word’, a new state-of-the-art cultural venue, situated in the heart of South Shields, brimming with exciting new experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to enjoy. One of its exhibitions celebrates ‘lost words of the North East Dialect’ – words that are slowly disappearing from everyday conversations. Wey haway hinnie, get yasel there like!
The South Shields Museum can be found on Ocean Road. The story of South Tyneside is told through some sensational displays, hands on exhibits and stunning art.