South Shields is a port town on the south side of the mouth of the River Tyne. Its heritage lies in that of shipbuilding and seafaring. It has a bustling town centre with an excellent selection of shops and a popular open-air market held four times a week in its traditional town square.
At the mouth of the River Tyne is Littlehaven Beach which offers excellent water sports and fishing facilities, whilst the South Shields sea front of Sandhaven Beach is a long golden sandy beach backed by rolling dunes. The Ocean Beach Amusement Park is a popular family day out with fair ground rides for all ages.