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.
Blyth existed as long ago as the 12th century when it was an undeveloped coastal village, but it was transformed in the 1700s by the arrival of industries, like coal mining, shipbuilding and fishing, which led to the town growing into an important port and trading hub. By the 1960s, the port of Blyth was exporting more than 6 million tonnes of coal. Modern Blyth adapted to the decline in these traditional industries by reinventing itself, attracting investment in the form of retail outlets and turning the quayside into a tranquil and welcoming public space.