Marsden Beach

Visit Marsden Beach

Marsden Beach in South Shields is a sandy bay backed by cliffs reached by either a lift or a long set of wooden steps down a cliff side. Here you can find Marsden Rock, natural landmark and at low tide it is possible to walk out to the rock and explore the caves.

Visit the Marsden Grotto a bar and restaurant built into the limestone cliffs of the bay, known locally for its colourful history of smugglers, wrecks and famous ghost John the Jibber who is said to haunt the Grotto!

Nature lovers can see kittiwakes, cormorants, gulls, fulmars and razorbills making up the largest seabird colony in the North East of England.

Another local landmark is Souter Lighthouse- the first electric lighthouse in the world, just a 15 minute walk along the coast.

This beach is dog friendly all year round

This beach is …

  • Great for long walks

What to see and do

  • Explore the Cliffs

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Places to stay

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Header Photo by Matt Chambers on Unsplash

Getting To Marsden Beach

Beach Location

Coast Rd, South Shields NE34 7BS


There is a carpark close to the beach

Nearest Train

Getting to the beach

Map of Marsden Beach

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