This is our handy guide to visiting South Tyneside.
South Tyneside is a really special area and we hope you enjoy your visit. Before you travel though please check details of restrictions currently in place.
For the latest operational information and for more details of Covid-19 safety measures in place please click on the link to each individual venue.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park- The park is now fully open. There are a number of health & safety measures in place, including a handy new tap and play payment card that can be either purchased in the park or in advance using their app or website.
Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort - You can now explore the museum as well as the outdoor space, Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 4pm & Sunday 1 - 4pm. Entry remains free, booking in advance is advised which you can do via their website.
Jarrow Hall - The farm, Anglo-Saxon inspired village and the Bede Museum is currently open Thursdays - Saturdays, with additional hours during the South Tyneside school holidays. Pre-booking is required. Special offer: Once you have purchased your ticket you can now go back again free of charge, as many times as you would like, until December 2021.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - The museum, at the heart of South Shields, is now back open and has a new exhibition too, celebrating the inspirational art and animation of Sheila Graber. Free entry. Booking is advised.
Souter Lighthouse - The National Trust team can now welcome you back inside the lighthouse. Head over to their website to pre-book a visit. The car park, grounds, cafe and toilets are open every day and do not require booking.
South Marine Park & North Marine Park - The pedalos and miniature steam railway are operating at weekends and school holidays (weather dependent). The play areas and toilets are open. Just across the road is Bents Park, which offers big green open space for a picnic or a place to play a little game of football with the kids, and North Marine Park, which has just undergone major development and offers lovely open space, walks and play area.
Haven Point Leisure Complex- Booking in advance is essential, call 0191 424 7800. If you are not a member you can book from the day before your planned visit. Toilets will only be available to centre users, and the cafe is now offering table service.
The Customs House - This popular venue's cinema and theatre is now welcoming visitors back through its doors.
The Dunes - Hours of fun can now be enjoyed at The Dunes' soft play, bowling alley and arcades. Pre-booking is advised for their soft play and bowling due to restricted numbers.
St Paul's Church and Monastic Site - The church can now welcome back visitors as well as carry out services. The exterior English Heritage managed monastic site can be explored at any time. There's no need to book a visit to go into the church, but check opening times in advance.
All the Council managed public toilets have re-opened. The toilets are open everyday (except the Market Place and Queen St toilets in South Shields Town Centre which are closed on a Sunday, and Haven Point & other leisure centre toilets which are just open for centre users). They are all being monitored and cleaned regularly. For more information see Public Toilets.
Council car parks are now open too. Please use the cashless PayByPhone method of payment wherever possible to pay for parking. You can park for free in South Shields town centre council-owned car parks and on street parking spaces all day on Saturdays and Sunday - Friday after 12noon, until 31 August 2021. More details can be found at South Tyneside Council Car Parks.
Places to stay
We have a great choice of places to stay, so why not make a trip of it? You deserve the break!
Look out for businesses who have signed up to the 'We're Good to Go' Scheme.
This is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
Find out more about this scheme and which businesses in South Tyneside have already received this: We're Good to Go Scheme
Our Visitor Information Centres are currently open Wednesdays to Fridays (10am - 5pm) and Saturdays (10am - 4pm). They can provide you with information on places to visit, things to do and where to stay. They also have a lovely selection of South Tyneside gifts. Find out more about South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre.