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How to have a day out using The Shields Ferry

We recently had a great day out in South Shields.

(ad) The Shields Ferry gives you access to loads of attractions in South Shields and plenty more north of the Tyne, using connecting bus and Metro services. Better still, up to 3 kids aged 11 or under, travel free, with a fare paying adult. Adult tickets start from £1.65

There's a handy indoor waiting area on both sides while you wait. Onboard, there's indoor seating and outdoor seating to choose from. It is super simple to use. It is such a gem to have in the North East.



We started our day onboard Pride of the Tyne, which celebrates it's 30th birthday this year. There is a service every half hour between North and South Shields. It's only a 7 minute journey, but Elliot would happily stay onboard all day. You really do get some amazing views along the river. There's a free bus service that runs from the Metro station to the ferry terminal.



If you are travelling on the ferry, you may be able to get your hands on some goodies.

Come and see the ferry staff, on board, between 10am-2pm on the below dates:

Tuesday 1 August

Wednesday 9 August

Monday 14 August

Friday 18 August

Thursday 24 August




During our trip we boarded at North Shields Side and had a day out in South Shields. There is parking right next to the Ferry terminal.

On our visit we: Visited The Word, which is a great library with hands on kids activities, a café and some fab views. Had a browse around the market Headed down to the seafront and had some tasty food from The Sanddancer Checked out Dunes Adventure Island and Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Had a stroll around South Marine Park, which features pedalos and miniature railway. Finally, we headed to one of our regular spots, Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

That was all we had time for today, but the free entry South Shields Museum & Art Gallery is also worth checking out, as well as the beautiful beaches.

For more ideas on things to do in South Shields click HERE


If you are travelling from South Shields and heading to Tynemouth/Whitley Bay Ideas for things to do include

Tynemouth Aquarium (Ticket is valid all day)

Tynemouth Priory

St Mary's Lighthouse

Whitley Bay Ice Rink

Get an Ice Cream and walk on the beach

Seaton Delaval Hall NT


Stagecoach North East Service 317 from Wallsend to Whitley Bay, stops at the North Shields terminal, while the free bus to the local Metro station gives plenty of options further afield.


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