Travelling around North Shields
North Shields is situated in the county of Northumberland, just a few miles from the city of Newcastle. Sitting on the north bank of the River Tyne, this old fishing port is brimming with character and charm. With beautiful Georgian architecture, stunning waterfront vistas and a number of unmissable historic landmarks, this is a destination you won’t forget in a hurry.
North Shields is easily accessible by road and rail. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes in and around the town centre, as well as services to nearby destinations, such as Whitley Bay and Ashington.
North Shields has a rich and colourful history. It first appeared in the historical records in 1225 when the Prior of Tynemouth transformed the area into a fishing port to serve his Priory. It soon developed into a thriving harbour, importing leather, wine and wool. Following an ongoing dispute over shipping rights, the harbour was forced to close in the middle of the 16th century and attempts to revitalise the town were cruelly curtailed when it was ravaged by plague. The town’s prospects improved after the Industrial Revolution, however, and North Shields is now a leader in industry and commerce. True to its heritage, it still enjoys a thriving fishing trade.