Travelling around Whitley Bay
Whitley Bay is a coastal town in the north-east of England. Since the 19th century, it has been a seaside resort attracting visitors from the surrounding areas who are drawn by the dramatic coastline and long sandy beach.
The fact that Newcastle upon Tyne is just 10 miles away makes Whitley Bay the ideal destination for anyone seeking a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
In the last decade or so, the local council have invested in regenerating Whitley Bay, in particular, the iconic Spanish City leisure centre which was reopened as a place to eat and drink, and the building of a new skate park and a refurbished swimming pool.
Arriva bus services in the area run to Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields and Cramlington.
One of the most intriguing landmarks in Whitley Bay is the lighthouse, which was opened in 1898. Interestingly, it is located on a small island known as St Mary’s Island, which can only be accessed at low tide. As well as the lighthouse itself, the island is home to the keeper’s cottages. All of the buildings have now been transformed into a visitors centre.
Perhaps the most pleasant way of passing the time in Whitley Bay is simply to take a stroll along The Links. This is the grassy area which runs parallel to the beach and offers stunning views out to sea, as well as a bracing blast of sea air.
In the town itself, you can visit the Playhouse, the recently refurbished theatre that showcases drama, comedy, live music and dance in an impressive auditorium with 630 luxury seats.