Cullercoats Beach (Tynemouth)

Cullercoats Beach (Tynemouth) - Tyne and Wear
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Cullercoats is a small, sandy, crescent-shaped beach, taking up most of Cullercoats Bay, which is enclosed at each end by small piers. At high tide the bay divides into two distinct North and South beaches.

The bay has had a thriving fishing industry for hundreds of years, and the southern end is still used for launching fishing boats today. Thanks to the sheltering effect of the piers, the bay is a good place for bathing.

The beach is backed by small cliffs, and is also home to an active lifeboat station, built in Victorian times as well as Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science. Cullercoats Watch House, a popular location for artists, including the American artist Winslow Homer, whose works portray the bay and surrounding coastline, overlooks the bay and beach. 

Searching for marine wildlife in the rockpools which can be found here at low tide, can be a popular pastime, and the beach is also used for a variety of watersports. The beach also has a selection of caves to explore at low tide times, above which is the Promenade running the whole length of Cullercoats from St. George\‘s church to Cliffe House (the oldest local property)  and the promontory.

Parking can be found in the centre of Cullercoats, behind the northern end of the beach, as can a range of facilities such as pubs, shops, places to eat, and a station along the yellow line of the Tyne and Wear metro, with frequent services to Newcastle Central.

The beach can be accessed down a sloping road. The south of the beach is overlooked by a grassy area with many park benches, a large children’s play area, and public toilets. Another road descends the cliffside between here and the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 1st to September 30th

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  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Rock pooling
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire
  • Slipway

Nearest town



NE30 4PZ

OS grid ref.

NZ 3644 7123


Parking is free.

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Cullercoats Beach (Tynemouth) Reviews

Not quite perfect

Dec 19th 2022

Cullercoats Bay could be really lovely, but it has two problems.

Firstly the water quality is consistently rated ‘Poor’, with no bathing advised, which is probably caused by seepage of polluted ground water from a disused culvert a short distance away.

Secondly, on sunny summer days, groups of idiots travel to the beach on the Metro system, get drunk and make trouble, with a knife fight between a group of youths breaking out last summer for example.

But sort out these problems, and its pretty much perfect!

Lovely Beah

Aug 12th 2022

This beach is amazing it is perfect for everything:jetski,kayak,paddleboats U name it! And its good for just sunbathing

Jul 08th 2020

Nice and clean, golden sands with lifeguards in attendance.