Last Sunday, whilst Boy 1, Boy 2 and I were in Tynemouth reviewing the Spirit of the Bay Land train we took the opportunity to look round Tynemouth Priory and Castle… Dad has a family English Heritage membership with work. We’ve driven past many times in the car but I’ve never been in. The first thing the boys did before we got to the entrance was check out the huge moat – naturally 🙂
On signing in they were given free lanyards and badges. There are nine different badges to collect that pop on. I’ve not seen this advertised but Mamma had told us about it.
Boy 1 had recently been to the Priory with Mamma and Grandad so he proudly gave us a tour. We saw the priory and castle ruins, and a very big gun. We also went in a small visitor centre where you could read about the history (over the past 2000 years its been an Anglo-Saxon settlement, an Anglican monastery, a royal castle, artillery fort and a coastal defence) and hold different sized cannon balls.
It was a flying visit, but I’m glad to have visited. On route back to the car, the boys loved seeing a big boat setting sail. Despite the weather not being great, the sea air was great, and next time I’d like to bring a picnic, spend longer in Tynemouth, and perhaps walk along the coast to Whitley Bay (approx three miles).
Have you been to Tynemouth? What do you like to do when you are there?
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