Whitley Bay Beach is an expanse of golden sand that stretches from Whitley Bay North towards St Mary's Lighthouse. This Blue Flag beach is pristine and primed for recreation of all kinds.
This gorgeous beach boasts a magnificent backdrop and charming wide promenade, that’s accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and bikes. Plus, there are enough facilities and attractions to make it worth staying for the day. St Mary’s Lighthouse at the far end, is accessible between the tides via a short causeway. Once a beacon of safety for the hazardous coast’s shipping, it’s been run as a visitor centre since 1984. The lighthouse is surrounded by a nature reserve – home to rockpools, clifftop grassland and wetland habitats.
When beachside, take a stroll, fly a kite or why not take part in the annual sandcastle competition which is held here every summer? In the winter the beach is perfect for a bracing walk accompanied by picturesque views. And when the seas are rough you’re sure see surfers take to the waves.
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How to get here
Nearest train station: Whitley Bay Station Square
Distance from train station: 0.3 miles, 6 min walk
The Links, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE26 1EJ
What to know before you go
Dogs are accepted at the north end of beach only. There may be some improvement work going on.
Lifeguards operate during summer months, there are toilets in the Links carpark, a café, restaurants, amusement arcades and shops close by.