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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. 

Other beaches to explore in the North

Sandsend Beach - Whitby

Formby Beach - Liverpool 

Other activities in this area

River Escapes - Newcastle 

Afternoon Tea at The Vermont - Newcastle 


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.

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