British Beaches

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Marsden Beach

South Shields, South Tyneside

A sandy bay sheltered by limestone cliffs and overlooked by the 139ft high Marsden rock which is renowned for it's seabird colonies. Photo shows a pub at the base of cliffs in Marsden Bay, accessed via a lift and with several bars within caves.

Beach Type



Public toilets
A pub and a campsite are all next to the beach
Further facilities available close-by


Exploring the rock pools and the caves
Visiting the nearby lighthouse and museum

Nature and Wildlife

Sumpters Lighthouse is within walking distance on the cliffs to the south. The area is known for it's seabird colonies. especially Marsden Rock.

Water Quality




Tourist Information

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery Ocean Road South Shields NE33 2HZ Telephone: 0191 454 6612 Email: [email protected]


Nearest town: South Shields
County: South Tyneside
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9779, -1.37498
Postcode: NE34 7BS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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just off the A1083 South Shields to Sunderland road.

Nearest Railway Stations

Sunderland (Approx. 5 miles away)
Heworth (Approx. 7 miles away)
Manors (Approx. 9 miles away)
Seaham (Approx. 10 miles away)
Newcastle (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


National trust car parks (a charge applies to non-members).

Nearby Car Parks

Marsden Lea, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
The Leas, Whitburn (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Souter Lighthouse, Whitburn (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Horsley Hill Square, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Trow Quarry, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Temple Park, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
South Promenade - South, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Barnes Institute, Whitburn (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Marsden Rattler, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Imeary Street, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in South Shields