History & Heritage

Christian heritage

The area has a rich Christian heritage and was once home to the Venerable Bede.

Roman heritage

Discover our links with the Roman Empire at Arbeia, once a key fort in the mighty Hadrian's Wall.

Maritime heritage

Find out more about shipwrecks, smugglers and the landmark icon of Souter Lighthouse.

Industrial heritage

Learn more about South Tyneside's rich industrial history.


Find out more about some of the famous people who have links with South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Heritage Trail

Follow this walking trail around South Tyneside and discover the area's rich history on the way.

Catherine Cookson

The world famous author, Dame Catherine Cookson, was born and bred in South Tyneside.

Blue Plaques

View a list of the current Blue Plaques in South Tyneside or nominate a person or building that you think deserves to be recognised.