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Spanish City, Whitley Bay

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The Spanish City is a dining-and-leisure centre in Whitley Bay, a seaside town in North Tyneside, Tyne & Wear, England. Erected as a smaller version of Blackpool's Pleasure Beach, it opened in 1910 as a concert hall, restaurant, roof garden and tearoom. A ballroom was added in 1920 and later a permanent funfair.
Located near the seafront, the Spanish City has a 180 ft-long (54.8 m) Renaissance-style frontage and became known for its distinctive dome, now a Grade II listed building. There are towers on either side of the entrance, each of which carries a half-life-size female bacchanalian figure in copper, one holding cymbals, the other a tambourine. The building's architects were Robert Burns Dick, Charles T. Marshall and James Cackett.
The band Dire Straits immortalized the Spanish City in their 1980 hit single, "Tunnel of Love", which from then on was played every morning when it opened. By the late 1990s the building had fallen into disrepair, and in the early 2000s it was closed to the public. A regeneration project was announced in 2011. The building re-opened as a dining-and-leisure centre at the end of July 2018.
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  • Went on holiday to Whitley Bay and had a lovely lunch at Spanish city and very reasonably priced for lunch for two people  more »
  • Came to Whitley Bay to get something repaired and decided to drop in for lunch whilst we were here. What a beautiful place this is. I remember it from when it was derelict and now it's a lovely lunch....  more »
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  • Fabulous refurbishment. The whole building has been brought back in a contemporary style with sympathetic acknowledgments to its history and original features. The diverse range of hospitality options lends itself to catering for most tastes and budget. Well done
  • It's Whitley Bay - of course it gets five stars! They have done a fantastic renovation job on the Spanish City and it now houses restaurants and tea rooms to suit different budgets. Worth going in to wander around the upstairs gallery even if you don't want to have some food or drink
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