Tynemouth Priory & Castle, Tynemouth

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Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out.

The interactive 'Life in the Stronghold' exhibition takes you on an exciting journey. It tells the story of the site from its original beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, an Anglican monastery, a royal castle, artillery fort and a coastal defence. The newly refurbished battery gun was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars and can be explored.

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  • Looks nice from the outside, but unfortunately this place was closed for a festival when I visited, with no prior warning. This is pretty annoying given I could have been visiting somewhere else in th...  more »
  • This English Heritage property stands high & prominent above the coast. During our visit, a wedding was happening within the ruined chapel & it was easy to see why it was chosen as a venue, with its h...  more »
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  • 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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