Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out. The interactive 'Life in the Stronghold' exhibition takes you on an exciting journey. It tells the story of the site from its original beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, an Anglican monastery, a royal castle, artillery fort and a coastal defence. The newly refurbished battery gun was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars and can be explored. The site features the "Life in the Stronghold" exhibition, the beautiful and tranquil 13th Century Chapel and the newly restored gun battery. There are fantastic views overlooking the North Sea and the mouth of the River Tyne. Check website for details of seasonal opening times and prices. English Heritage members free.