Local Services and Activities in South Shields

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The coastal town of South Shields is located at the mouth of the River Tyne and is famous for its beaches, sand dunes, coves and limestone cliffs. It has been a popular tourist destination since Victorian times and South Shields also markets itself as ‘Catherine Cookson Country’. Dame Catherine Cookson, one of the 20th century's most well-known and successful writers was born in South Tyneside and the town of her birth and early years influenced many of her literary works. Further information of the famous author can be found in South Shields Museum. As well as the spectacular coastal scenery to be found around the town, South Shields offers visitors a promenade, family friendly entertainment complex at the sea front local parks, museums and a recently built National Centre for the Written Word, state-of-the-art cultural venue housing various multimedia exhibitions and activities with over 70 000 books to browse and borrow.

The town itself has undergone many changes and the focus of industry has changed due to the decline in traditional industries such as ship building and coal mining to be replaced by port related freight and passenger commerce, ship repair and servicing the growing offshore industry. The growth of tourism and retail has also had a very positive impact on the local economy.

In South Shields you will find a good selection of local shops, restaurants, supermarkets, pubs and clubs and places to stay. Local Metro and bus services give convenient access to the nearby City of Newcastle upon Tyne and beyond. The town offers its visitors a fine selection of hotels, guest houses, holiday parks and activities and attractions that run year round. In addition to these the town also offers an annual free summer festival as well as hosting the South Tyneside Magic Festival, which finishes with the Magic Convention - 3 days of lectures and shows by the world's best magicians. South Shields is also the location of the finishing line of the world famous Great North Run.

On this website you will find listings for everything from local tradesmen, shops, places to eat drink and stay, to a comprehensive list of South Shields health care and local administration resources. There are also listings and links to sports clubs and local charities.

Take a while to browse the South Shields website and discover the wealth of resources the town has to offer. Looking for something in South Shields? The chances are you’ll find it listed here on SouthShields.co.uk.