About South Tyneside
South Tyneside is another area with some of the best beaches in Europe, in an area of rich history and proud heritage. From Roman times to the Venerable Bede, through the latter day Engineering and Shipbuilding Era, the landscape has changed. Nowhere more so than the riverside, where past present and future are all linked.
Visit the Roman Fort of Arbeia including reconstructed buildings such as the Commanding Officers Villa, Barrack Blocks and Western Gateway. Also, Bede’s World at Jarrow tells the story of life in the times of the Venerable Bede, and visit the Anglo Saxon Village. St.Paul’s Church is the site of Bede’s Monastery where he lived all his life. The chancel of the Church dates from the time of Bede. Also, Britains most popular author, Catherine Cookson was born here and the Catherine Cookson trail is still a popular attraction, and a visit to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery will help to understand her life story. The coastline from South Shields to Sunderland is also a special location for its geology and cliff top walks. The nature reserve of Marsden Rock and grotto is a popular location just along the coast from the historic Souter Lighthouse.
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