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Tynemouth Haven – Priory & Castle

Tynemouth Haven can found at the mouth of the River Tyne and can be easily accessed from Tynemouth Village. Tynemouth Priory towers above. The steep rocky slopes are home to Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warbers in the spring/autumn and are a popular stopping off point for migrants, which can include Firecrest, Ring Ouzel, Brambling, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher and Yellow-browed Warbler.

There is a small bay with a selection of small boats. A good selection of waders can usually be found on the sandy beach and rocky coastline, especially during low tides.

Close to the North Tyne Pier, there is a short flight of steps to the left, which provide good views of the coastal cliffs. This is often a good location to view visiting Black Redstarts during the autumn/winter months. Other key species include Fulmar, Kittiwake, and Grey Wagtail.

A Black Redstart

Visitors are also recommended to visit the adjacent Tyne Estuary and North Shields Fish Quay.

County

Tyne & Wear, North Tyneside.

Habitats

  • Coastal

Access

There is free access to North Shields Fish Quay, the Tyne Estuary and Tynemouth Haven.

There is suitable for wheelchairs users, however access to certain areas is limited or restricted.

Facilities

There are toilets, shops and cafes available at both North Shields Fish Quay and Tynemouth Village.

Parking

There are various car parks available, which include free parking or pay and display.