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Visit Littlehaven Beach and Promenade

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If you are visiting South Tyneside please strictly follow government guidelines on social distancing and stay safe.

Car parks

Coastal car parks in South Tyneside have now reopened. Please use PayByPhone where possible. More about visiting the car parks.

Public toilets

Council operated toilets have now reopened. They are open daily 10am to 5pm, and have new measures in place to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. More about public toilets.

Lifeguards

Visit the RNLI website for information about lifeguards on Sandhaven Beach, and advice on staying safe at the seaside.

Littlehaven Beach is a must-see on any visit to the area. Located to the north of the funfair and Sandhaven Beach it's a great spot to watch the world go by, have a walk or a play on the beach.

State of the art experience

The award-winning Littlehaven Promenade has been revamped, and not only boasts fantastic coastal views but features a number of original artwork and state-of-the-art decorative lighting.

At one end of the promenade is the unique figures of the Conversation Piece and The Eye, while at the other (about a ten minute walk away) is The Sail. Find out more about public art in South Tyneside.

Take in the view

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and take in the views at the mouth of the Tyne as boats make their way into or out of the busy river. Take a seat and just simply watch the world go by.

There's also nearby fish and chip kiosks and ice cream parlours where you can grab something to eat. 

Due to the shelter of the pier alongside the beach it makes it perfect for the more adventurous explorer, as its home to many different water sports including kayaking, canoeing and boating. Find out about water sports in South Tyneside.

It's steeped in history too, and was once used as a World War 1 RAF airbase.

On a nice day if you're lucky you can still see the faint traces of the old landing strip near the Groyne lighthouse at the north end of the beach. The airbase catered for sea planes, land planes and airships which kept a watchful eye on our coastal defences and reporting enemy movements.

Across the road from Littlehaven is North Marine Park and South Marine Park, perfect to extend your walk into, and Haven Point, our state of the art leisure complex. And all of the resort's attractions, restaurants and accommodation are just on its doorstep.

How to get here

  • Littlehaven Beach
  • Sea Road
    South Shields
    NE33 2LA