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 eat, 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, petanque and pitch & putt.
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.
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 here.
South Marine Park app
Download our app for your iPhone or iPad which will guide you around the park, explore its heritage and art installations.
You can use the app to follow an interactive park map to learn more about the art and heritage sites within the park. You can also listen to the voices of local people and find out how the park looked when it was opened back in 1890s.
Find about more about the South Marine Park app
Facilities within the parks
- Car and coach parking nearby
- Catering establishments
- Picnic site
- All areas accessible to disabled visitors
- Accessible toilets
Gates to South Marine Park close at dusk.
North Marine Park gates open at all times.
Free admission. Small charge for miniature railway, boat hire and mini-golf.
How to get here
North & South Marine Parks
Tyne and Wear
For more information contact the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on 0191 424 7788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.