South & North Marine Parks

South Marine Park train

South Tyneside boasts a variety of beautiful parks for adults and families of all ages to enjoy.

South Marine Park

South Marine Park is the crown jewel at the heart of South Shields seafront and is a must to visit!

It's been hugely popular for many years, and it's not hard to see why. Wave to the passengers on the miniature steam train as it circles the park, hire a pedalo on the boating lake or watch the kids have lots of fun playing on the two great soft play areas.

There is loads of green space to play football and games, along with lovely trails throughout the park where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll with gorgeous seaside views. There's plenty of grassy areas, picnic tables and seating to enjoy a picnic, and a lovely cafe in the park too - a great place to enjoy a bite to Couple at South Marine Parkeat, coffee or ice-cream and watch the world go by.

The Friends of North and South Marine Park organise regular events throughout the year, many of which take place in the beautiful restored Victorian bandstand. In particular during the summer there's free live music from talented local bands on a Saturday and the fantastic Proms in the Park in July.

North Marine Park

Next door, North Marine Park is a haven of peace and quiet offering great views and gentle pastimes such as bowls and petanque.

There are a number of walking trails throughout the park too, many of which lead to an elevated point from where you can see for miles along the coastline.

To find out more about future plans to develop North Marine Park, see North Marine Park.

The Friends of North and South Marine Park

The Friends of the North and South Marine Parks were formed in 2007 as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of the South Marine Park. They are a very active group of volunteers who work closely with the Council and partners to protect and develop our seafront parks. They organise a number of events, from litter picks to petanque, walks to live music.

Find out more about the Friends of North and South Marine Park at Friends of North and South Marine Parks.

Facilities within the parks

  • South Marine Park bandstandToilets
  • Car and coach parking nearby
  • Catering establishments
  • Picnic site


  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • Accessible toilets

Opening times

  • Gates to South Marine Park close at dusk
  • North Marine Park gates open at all times
  • For operation times of the miniature steam railway see


Free admission.

Small charge for miniature railway, boat hire and mini-golf.

How to get here

North & South Marine Parks
Sea Road
South Shields
Tyne and Wear

For more information contact the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on 0191 424 7788 or email