Tynemouth Metro Station is architecturally stunning and has recently undergone an award-winning restoration to its Victorian splendour. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of Victorian railway architecture in Britain. The grade II* Listed structure underwent an extensive restoration and was completed in 2012, its 130th anniversary year and opened by HRH The Princess Royal. The work has included the restoration of its distinctive glazed canopies which radiate out from its gently curving track and platforms; by extending the canopies, the amount of useable space has been considerably increased. Due to the faceted, curved nature of the canopy structure, each pane of glass was individually sized and measured and over 4600 panes have been installed above the 18 restored bays. Overall, the scheme has given a brand new lease of life to this stunning and distinctive example of Victorian architecture. The station is a memorable welcome to any first-time visitor arriving by train to Tynemouth. The station bustles with thousands of people every weekend as it hosts markets selling books, antiques, collectables and militaria. It is also used as a performance art space for events including music, dance and theatre.