Blyth is a vibrant coastal town in Northumberland, in the north-east of England. It is located to the south of the river Blyth and is rich in history and industrial heritage.
Since the 1990s, it has reinvented itself as a bustling shopping destination and a tourist attraction, thanks to the presence of the stunning golden sands of South Beach and the economic driver of a thriving port which still handles 1.5 million tonnes of cargo every year.
There are strong road links to Blyth via the A189 and visitors can use Arriva buses to explore Blyth itself or venture further afield to places, such as Morpeth, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Whitley Bay.
If you want to make the most of a trip to Blyth then pay a visit to South Beach and rent one of the 20 multi-coloured beach huts that are stretched out along the sand. Kids will spend hours building sandcastles and playing in the nearby playground, and if the sea air makes you hungry, rest assured the local fish and chip shop is on hand to provide a delicious traditional seaside supper.
If retail therapy is your idea of fun, then head to the Keel Row Shopping Centre. This opened in 1991 and is home to a selection of the most well-known high street traders. If you’d rather pick up a unique souvenir, then visit the marketplace next door instead, as the local traders stock the kind of quirky items you won’t find in the shops.
For a glimpse into the history of Blyth explore the “High Light". This is a 61ft tall lighthouse that was completed in 1900 and has been designated a Grade II listed building.