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Tynemouth Priory & Castle, Tynemouth

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Tynemouth Castle is located on a rocky headland (known as Pen Bal Crag), overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. The coat of arms of the town of Tynemouth still includes three crowns commemorating the tradition that the Priory had been the burial place for three kings.
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  • Tynemouth priory is a lovely, interesting place to visit and definitely worth it if you're in the area. There's some amazing views from the priory too.  more »
  • Excellent views. Ruins of a monastery. An ancient site. Battery and guns from the world wars. There's something here for everyone. (Note that the battery buildings and some of the interior places are....  more »
  • Lovely to visit when the weather is good, otherwise one is exposed to the extremes of the North Sea Coast weather. Although most of the buildings are ruins enough of them exists to make a mental picture as to how they would have looked, both priory and castle. The architecture and carvings are still evident and the priory must have been glorious during its peak. Inside the church proper is an empty tomb once housing kings, and in the floor is a Templar cross, maybe a grave slab. Outside, the outer building foundations can still be seen. There is a tiny chapel in the ground with stained glass windows and a dark blue ceiling with round decorative studs on the crossribs. It's eerie and has an atmosphere. I didn't want to stay the tiny room for long. In the grounds is a large graveyard. The gravestones are very old, but much younger than the priory, and they are many types, such as Celtic crosses and table shaped gravestones. I have been several times. On a sunny day take a picnic and sit on the large green. On a winter's day only the most hardy would eat there.
  • Great event and fabulous setting. This is one of the best events with some great acts. Entry is really simple and quick. Facilities very good. My only complaint is that every year people who are sitting end up arguing when people come in late and stand around them. A separate section at the front for people who only want to stand and have no chairs or picnics etc may be a good idea so they can stand without upsetting those who arrived early and are sitting.
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