Tynemouth village is a popular place for people from far and wide to come for a variety of reasons. It is steeped in history, has some fabulous attractions, great shopping and a vibrant nightlife. A perfect destination for a day trip, the charming village has something to offer everyone. The dramatic Tynemouth Priory & Castle dominates the headland. The site dates back centuries and is the burial place of Saints and Kings of the old Kingdom of Northumbria. The village has strong maritime history connections, the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade was the first of its kind in the world and its unique story is told in a small museum. The magnificent monument to Lord Collingwood looking across the river is in honour of the local born Admiral who took over from Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. There are some truly breathtaking walks to take round Tynemouth, the walk along the seafront is stunning and is rewarded with views of golden sandy beaches. The promenade takes you to the historic North Shields Fish Quay. A short stroll in and around the village reveals some interesting buildings, many with Blue Plaques. Tynemouth Longsands is a mile long beach of golden sands popular for walking, relaxing, games and is a nationally recognised watersports hub. Blue Reef Aquarium provides fun for all the family with some fantastic exhibits on display of marine life of all different shapes, colours and sizes including otters, seals and even a colony of monkeys! Tynemouth Park has a dinosaur themed mini golf course and has pedalo boats to hire on its boating lake. Front Street and Percy Park Road both have a mix of shops well worth browsing as well as traditional pubs, cafes and bistros offering anything from a cup of coffee to a la carte dining. The village's Metro Station has recently been restored to its Victorian splendour and has been called the Covent Garden of the North. It has weekend markets and is also used as an events space. Each year, Tynemouth is home to events including the Mouth of the Tyne Festival and the Tynemouth Food Festival.