Tynemouth Priory and Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Attraction Currently Closed

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

  • Tynemouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Castles and Palaces, Tourist Attractions

Attraction Currently Closed

Some English Heritage gardens and historic sites have begun a phased reopening following the Coronavirus pandemic, allowing families to visit in line with the latest government guidelines. Visits MUST be booked in advance for a specific time slot to help manage visitor numbers. For more information about which locations are open, and to book tickets, please visit the English Heritage website.

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Attraction Information

Tynemouth Priory and Castle on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out including a delightful picnic spot with views of the river.

The interactive 'Life in the Stronghold' exhibition takes you on an exciting journey. It tells the story of the site from its original beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, an Anglican monastery, a royal castle, artillery fort and a coastal defence. Ideal for boosting the kids' schooling if they're on forts, or forming the basis for a secret schooling interest.

The newly refurbished battery gun was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars and can be explored. Kids can also dress up in Monks' robes so take the camera!

There's an adventure playground for the kids to run off their fizz on and this attraction overlooks King Edward's Bay by Longsands Beach, so it's worth seeing our listing on that too!

It's worth noting that visitors who are parking in the village (with only disabled parking at the site itself) face a bracing 150m uphill walk and then 70m of cobbles at gatehouse, so plan ahead with mobility issues or little legs.

Opening hours

25 March - 30 September: Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm October Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm November - February: Weekend 10.00am - 4.00pm


Adult: £5.20 Child (5 to 15 years): £3.10 Concession: £4.70 Family (2 adults, 3 children): £13.50

Travel & Contact Information


Pier Road, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4BZ, England

Phone number

0870 333 1181



Click here to visit Tynemouth Priory and Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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