Best beaches in Tyne And Wear

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Tyne And Wear as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Tyne And Wear is Whitley Bay. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Tyne And Wear just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

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    1. Whitley Bay

    Whitley Bay is at the southern end of an expanse of golden sand with rocky outcrops that stretches for two miles from St Mary's Island to Cullercoats. Surfing, mini golf, shops, restaurants and a thriving nightlife in the town.

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    2. Cullercoats Beach (Tynemouth)

    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…

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    3. Seaburn Beach (Whitburn North)

    This wide, flat, sandy beach, backed by grass, lies just under a mile north of Sunderland City Beach. The sands here are generally kept clean, although occasionally the sea deposits seaweed here in stormy weather. The beach is popular…

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    4. Roker (Whitburn South) Beach

    Also known as Whitburn South, Roker Beach is the closest northern beach to Sunderland. Wide and sandy, with rocks to the north and south, a boating lake, display gardens and a model railway.

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    5. Marsden Beach

    Marsden Beach is a hidden gem located just on the outskirts of South Shields, north-west of Lizard Point. The golden, sandy beach is backed by tall cliffs and is best known for its breath-taking rock formations, which include a number…

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    6. King Edwards Bay (Tynemouth)

    King Edward's Bay is a small, sandy beach sheltered by cliffs and grassy banks. Popular with families, the beach is overlooked by the historic Tynemouth Priory and Castle, managed by English Heritage.

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    7. Sandhaven Beach

    Sandhaven is a long sandy beach lined with impressive sand dunes, located in South Shields, just south of the South Pier. The South Tyneside Heritage Trail crosses the beach. Birdwatching, surfing and windsurfing.

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    8. Hendon South Beach (Sunderland)

    This urban beach is a strip of sand and shingle to the south of Sunderland Docks. The sloping beach is interspersed by wooden groynes and rocky sea defences and is backed by a sea wall above which is a promenade. From the beach there are…

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    9. Ryhope South Beach

    The land around the coastal village of Ryhope, south of Sunderland, is known to have been farmed for around a thousand years. Today the village has a number of pubs and is home to the Ryhope Engine Museum. The small beach here was once…

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    10. Long Sands South Beach (Tynemouth)

    Half a mile of golden sand in an urban setting, Long Sands South offers a range of activities, including surfing and swimming. Accessible at both ends via an access road and steps from the seafront. A ten minute walk from both Cullercoats…

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