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Family Friendly Things To Do in South Shields

Updated: Jul 30, 2023

We love a visit to South Shields and its only a short drive from where we live, so it makes a perfect stop to spend some family time together and enjoy the local attractions on offer. Most of the attractions in South Shields are also budget friendly which makes it a perfect option for a day out.

We recently visited South Shields with Elliot for a day out using The Shields Ferry. During the summer holidays up to three kids under 11 go free with a paying adult. Ferry staff are running promotional giveaways on various dates over the summer holidays. Find out More HERE

*We have not been paid to mention any of the below attractions. We visited on our own time and paid for our own day out.

Here are some ideas for things to do on a visit to South Shields:

Arbeia Roman Fort

Free Entry

Usually have activities on selected dates, especially during Summer


Gift Shop

Picnic benches

Parking is on the street

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

Free to enter but you need to get a card to top up so you can go on the rides




The Dunes Adventure Island

Lots of fun to be had in the dunes. You will find:


Soft Play




Car park

Haven Point

Ideal for Swimming

Fees apply

North & South Marine Park

South Marine Park is perfect for family fun such as Boat rides, Mini train rides, Play areas and more.

You can also find toilets and a café here too

North Marine park is more of a formal Garden with a play area. Still worth a visit though.

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

A fantastic Free entry Museum with a pets corner and art galleries

There's also a gorgeous café


Gift Shop

The Word, National Centre for written word

Free entry

Lots of interactive fun and a gorgeous Library.



Gift shop


Located in The amusements in Ocean Beach

Smugglers cove adventure golf

This one looks fantastic!

South Shields Surf School

Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Rock pooling, Body boarding, Swimming, Snorkelling, Beach games and lots more.

Souter Lighthouse NT

Free to walk around outside but there is a small charge to climb to the top and look around the museum

Coastal Walks

There's lots of coast that you can wander along here, you will also get some amazing views!

Walks are all Free!

Go on a beach walk

South shields has a gorgeous stretch of beach for everyone to enjoy.

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Spring walk ideas (Also nice during summer)



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