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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Tynemouth Priory

When we were staying at Martineau Guest house in Tynemouth last December, our room offered spectacular views of Tynemouth Priory. It was then that I realised I had never actually paid the priory a visit so when we started planning our Mother's Day weekend in Tynemouth, a trip to the priory was top of our list.


We hadn't read anything about the priory before and just thought it would be a nice place to walk around for a few hours and re-live history. It turns out there is lots more to discover and enjoy than we imagined including:-
  • A Life in the stronghold exhibition
  • A beautiful 13th Century chapel
  • A newly restored gun battery
  • Fantastic views across the North Sea 

The Priory and Castle

The Priory and Castle are the perfect place for families to explore. Our children loved running around, reading the signs and climbing over walls. You can climb right to the top of the castle where the views from around are spectacular.





A Life in the stronghold exhibition

There is a lovely small interactive exhibition in the Warrant Officer's house which allows visitors to discover Tynemouth from it's Anglo Saxon routes right up to it's importance in World War II. Children can dress up as monk, listen to recordings, play games, complete fact sheets and borrow a book from the book box (Heidi loved the 'How to be a Princess' guide). For such a small space, there is lots to do and discover.



13th Century Chapel

The Chapel may have been my favourite part of our visit. It was peaceful, tranquil and full of history. The stained glass windows were gorgeous.






Gun Battery

Our children adored the Gun battery and accompanying underground exhibition. History was really brought to life as we walked through the underground bunkers. I had no idea this was here but there is lots to learn about WWI and WWII.







Fantastic views across the North sea

There are plenty of spots to stop for a picnic and enjoy the stunning Coastal views. We will definitely be returning in the Summer to do just that.



Family Fun and educational

We spent almost three hours at the priory. This was the first time our five year old daughter has been able to perfectly read information signs that were dotted around places of interest and it really did capture her imagination. We enjoyed learning about the World War's and the history of Tynemouth.






All you need to know

  • Tynemouth Priory is open 10am to 4pm on weekends only until 27th March. 
  • From 28th March - 30th September it is open daily from 10am-6pm.
  • Entry is £4.90 per adult and £2.90 for children. Under 5's are free. 
  • Tynemouth Priory is managed by English Heritage, if you are a member, entry is free!
  • The Priory is dog friendly (on leads)
There is no on-site catering but picnics are welcome and you are just two minutes away from a huge selection of restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars on Tynemouth Front street. 



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  1. I love the look of this place and your photos are truly beautiful. Well worth a visit and a bargain too, the battlements and guns would be right up my boys street! I do love an old castle with a view and one where you can still see enough to imagine how it would once have been. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

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    1. It is a lovely place - I can't believe it is only a few miles from my home and we have only just now visited!

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  2. I've never actually been to the priory, but the beach is always lovely there, especially the summer! these photos are gorgeous, and it seems like a lot of fun :) x
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    1. It was lots of fun - just another thing to add to my list of things I love about Tynemouth x

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  3. I love the look of this, reminds me so much of Tintern Abbey in Wales. Would love to visit this one too :) Amazing isn't it? How something so ancient is still standing, well at least parts of it ;) #countrykids.

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    1. Truly amazing! To think we were standing in a 13th Century chapel boggles the mind a little!

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  4. Gorgeous! Amazing how much there is to do there as well. #countrykids

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    1. It is a fantastic day out - offers so much more than meets the eye x

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  5. I do love tynemouth but I've actually never walked round the priory either. Looking forwards to a trip soon it's so close to where I live! X

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    1. It's definitely worth a trip - there was lots to see and do. We'll be back in the Summer x

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  6. This looks fantastic! My eldest would love the gun and the priory in general :-)

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    1. It was a fab place - so much better than we expected x

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  7. This looks like a great place for kids to run around and explore. Amazing place, I love a bit of a ruin! x

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    1. It was lovely - definitely lots to explore x

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  8. The views look stunning and the chapel is beautiful- I love the stories behind stained glass windows. It looks like you had a lovely family day out! x

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    1. The Chapel was definitely my favourite part - gorgeous!

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  9. That looks a great place to visit. I love historical sites

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    1. My children and hubby love history too so we are really lucky in that respect x

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  10. That view is stunning! I think this is near us! I wish we can go and visit too =) #countrykids

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  11. Brilliant post and fantastic photos! I really need to put this on my list now. I had no idea there was so much to see. The Chapel looks beautiful and is in a great place for spring/summer walks on the beach. Thanks for the inspiration!

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