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Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay is a seaside town on the North East coast.

Whitley Bay Beach, a golden sand Blue Flag-award-winning beach, stretches north towards St Mary's Lighthouse. It’s a popular place for recreation and is regularly used by walkers.

The promenade and The Links have wonderful walks with the beach as a magnificent backdrop. An annual sandcastle competition is held on the beach every summer, which is popular with locals and visitors – especially children. There are plenty of places to get refreshments including a range of café’s.

Whitley Bay became a popular coastal destination in the late Victorian period and its seafront still boasts plenty of classic Victorian touches, including a promenade. Key to its popularity is its position in the Tyne and Wear area – in less than half an hour, you can be in the centre of Newcastle, making it an attractive base if you’re a commuter.

Whitley Bay beach overview

On a clear day, enjoy wide views over the River Tyne and the North Sea. Cross the short causeway to St Mary’s Island to see the late Victorian lighthouse, which was completed in 1898 and remained operational until 1984. Admire views from the top of the lighthouse or discover rock pools filled with fish and crabs in the surrounding nature reserve.