Diane and Michael Spencer
About Diane and Michael Spencer
Our family are from South Shields and we purchased this property to use for both ourselves and Marine Engineers studying at the Marine College nearby. We have had a wonderful relationship with Shipping Companies, Captains, Engineers and Teachers over the years! After having moved to Durham and then further south to Warwickshire with work, we decided to renovate and refurbish our apartment for both our own use and anyone wishing to visit the North East of England - it is a great place!
Diane and Michael Spencer purchased this Apartment in 2002
Why Diane and Michael Spencer chose South Shields
We loved this property the minute we saw it. My grandparents and parents watched this apartment being built and most of my family went to the local school! It is a fairly quiet, residential area but extremely convenient for public transport and not too far to walk to the coastal road.
What makes this Apartment unique
This apartment has been completely renovated, refurbished and updated to an extremely high standard but, we have tried to keep most of the original features, coving and original larder etc. It has a wonderful cosy feeling to it and we have just spent most of the winter living in it so we know exactly what was needed! It may be over 100 years old but, it has style and all the modern day requirements for a great holiday.
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South Shields is a perfect location for a holiday any time of the year for any age group. There are many summer events taking place down in the Marine Park areas - Party In The Park Music Festival is very popular indeed.
A car is not really necessary as public transport is excellent for getting around the surrounding areas, towns and shopping centres. However, a trip up the Northumberland Coast is a must! The castles, the beaches and the National Trust houses are simply stunning. Getting up to Edinburgh for the day is easy and taking the train is definitely recommended because it takes about an hour and 20 mins from Newcastle Train Station.
A coastal walk is also recommended - head along the stunning cliff tops on The Leas and walk towards Whitburn and Seaburn. Souter Lighthouse is amazing and the coffee shops along the way are delightful! Whitburn has a great little authentic Italian restaurant called Mama Mia's - excellent fresh fish dishes and great pasta/pizza's and early evening Happy Hour!
Beamish Museum, Durham City and Newcastle City Centre are also well worth a visit - things to do and see for all age groups.
South Shields has some beautiful parks - one of the Marine Parks is currently being renovated and some of the original Victorian ideas/ironwork and plans are being put into action - new planting and new structures. The North Marine Park is a stunning place to take the views which overlook the River Tyne across towards North Shields Fish Quay and Tynemouth.
A day on the other side of the river is also a must! Take the South Shields Ferry to North Shields and walk along the riverside towards the Fish Quay - great restaurants for fresh fish and chips. Continue walking towards Tynemouth - the scenery is amazing.
If the weather is a little wet and rainy (!), why not visit the Metro Centre - this is one of Europe's largest shopping centres and also has an entertainment area with multi screen cinema etc.
The coastal towns and villages up the Northumberland coast are well worth a visit but, you will need an entire day - head towards Holy Island/Lindisfarne and try to keep to the coastal route as much as possible. Druridge Bay, Warkworth, Alnmouth Bay, Craster, Dunstanburgh and many more little hamlets and villages lead the way to a very unusual and fascinating island.