Visitor Information

We're here to help

*Our award winning Visitor Information Centre (VIC) team are here to help make your visit extra special. They know everything there is to know about our local attractions and resort and love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the local area.

Contact the VIC for inspiration on:

  • Where to stay
  • What to see and do
  • What's on
  • Where to eat and drink
  • Where to shop
  • How to travel around by road, public transport or on foot

The Visitor Information Centre is also the place to go for souvenirs and gifts, maps and visitor guides and they can even book theatre tickets for local productions and accommodation.

We've moved!

The Visitor Information Centre is now located at the Shop @ The Word.

Contact details

Visitor Information Centre
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word
45 Market Place
South Shields
NE33 1JF

Tel: 0191 424 7788

Normal opening hours

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 6pm

Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Christmas opening hours

27 December - 3 January: 10am - 4pm
Closed 25 & 26 December and 1 January 


Find out more about The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, at