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Visiting our beaches

We have so many beautiful beaches to visit in South Tyneside to suit any visitors need.

Below are details of some practical bits of information to help you plan your visit!

Getting here and parking

Along our seafront there are numerous pay and display car parks. There is also a public pay and display car park at Marsden Bay, next to the lift and stairs that provide access to the beach.

Parking charges at South Shields seafront Council owned pay and display car parks:

  • 1p per minute for the first hour
  • £1 per hour thereafter
  • £5 all day

A 12 month parking permit is also available. This costs £100 and can be ordered online at South Tyneside Council: Forshore (seafront) parking permit or in person at South Shields Visitor Information Centre.

For more information on car parks and charges, and to purchase a parking permit online, go to South Tyneside Council: Parking.

South Shields seafront is only about a ten minute walk along Ocean Road from South Shields town centre, main bus station and car parks. Find out more about parking in South Shields Town Centre.

The seafront is also served by a number of bus routes.

Dogs on beaches

Dogs are not allowed on Sandhaven Beach between 1 May and 30 September between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

They are however allowed on Littlehaven Beach (next to Sandhaven) and Marsden Beach throughout the year.

Dog litter bins are provided at various points throughout the area.


Disposable BBQs only are allowed on resort beaches.

Please dispose of your waste sensibly in the bins provided.

Launch permits

Fancy taking to the high seas or enjoy a trip along the river on your own boat?

The Council operates a launching ramp on the River Tyne adjacent to South Shields Sailing Club off Harbour Drive. You will need a licence and appropriate insurance. 

The cost is as follows:

  • 1 day licence for £29.05
  • Yearly licence for £96.65 or £71.30 if you are a member of a club

There is also an administration fee for first time purchasers of £20.

Launch permits are valid for a year from when you purchase it. Proof of ID and public liability insurance are required.

The permits are available from South Shields Visitor Information Centre, which is located at The Word. For more information contact 0191 424 7788.

For more information

South Shields Visitor Information Centre can provide you with lots of ideas on making the most of your visit, sell foreshore parking permits, launch ramps and a number of event tickets.

They also sell a wonderful range of souvenirs including art, jewellery, books, coasters and postcards.

They make lovely gifts for family and friends, or simply just as a reminder of a great visit to the seaside!