South Marine Park

0191 427 7000
2 Bents Park Road
South Shields
NE33 2NL
Located on the seafront in South Shields, South Marine Park holds a special place in the heart of local residents and visitors alike.

The park includes:

Art trail
Boating lake
Friends of group
Miniature steam railway
Open space
Play areas

For over 100 years it has been a place for walking, dancing, relaxing, playing and socialising. The park is a popular destination for tourists, day trippers, schools and community groups alike.

The park was designed by Matthew Hall, the Borough's surveyor and Engineer. John Peebles was appointed head gardener in 1886 and immediately set about creating the park that we know today out of the old waste spoil tips, or 'ballast hills'. Remarkably, his diary, in which he reported on progress in the park every month to the Parks Committee, has survived. This diary proved to be an invaluable resource when planning the park's restoration. The Park construction cost £20,000 and was opened by Sir John Mowbray, an Ecclesiastical Commissioner and formerly MP for Durham on 25 June 1890.

South Marine Park is registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage for its special historic interest. A chain of three municipal seaside parks (including North Marine and Bents Park) developed from the 1870s and into the early 20th Century on reclaimed land.