Five ways to spend a day by the coast (that don’t include going to the beach) | Living North

Five ways to spend a day by the coast (that don’t involve going to the beach)


Living North
Don’t let wet weather forecasts for the week ahead stop you from making the most of the coast this summer – here’s where to head (indoors) by the seaside when the storms roll in

Tynemouth Aquarium
Wander through the aquarium and meet species from all over the world, including the tropical waters of the Caribbean and the UK’s native shores. From rays and coral reef fish to harbour seals, there are oceans of amazing marine creatures to see. Don’t forget to pop in the Bay & Laurel – its new sea-view restaurant, an ideal spot from which to look for wild bottlenose dolphins.
Tynemouth NE30 4JF
0191 258 1031

Souter Lighthouse
This iconic, red and white hooped beacon opened in 1871 and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. A picture-perfect sight, it sits just south of The Leas – a stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs populated by kittiwakes, cormorants and guillemots.
Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland SR6 7NH
0191 529 3161

Rotunda Museum
Full of fossils found on Yorkshire’s Dinosaur Coast, objects from Star Carr and the skeleton and coffin of a Bronze Age man, this curved, 19th century, Grade-II listed museum is a real treasure trove. 
Vernon Road, Scarborough 
YO11 2PS
01723 374753

Sewerby Hall, Gardens & Zoo
Restored to its Edwardian glory, this Grade-I listed house is well worth exploring before you head out into the walled garden, pleasure garden, picnic areas and the zoo. Among the many animals you’ll encounter are alpacas, llamas and a colony of Humboldt penguins. The house was reopened to the public in 2014 and now visitors can view impressive pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum in the luxurious rooms. Don’t miss the Amy Johnson collection where you can see memorabilia of Hull-born aviatrix Amy who was invited to open the Hall to the public in 1936.
Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED
01262 673769

The Deep
The dramatic building of The Deep overlooks the Humber estuary and was designed by world-class architects. Inside you’ll find yourself face-to-face with fearsome sharks and stingrays, as well as less scary creatures including penguins and small fish. There are so many ways to explore the seas at The Deep and more than 4 billion years of ocean history awaits you – from giant fossils to Megalodon shark teeth.
Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP
01482 381000

You’ll find plenty more coastal inspiration – from where to eat and what to do, to where to stay – in our North East and Yorkshire September editions! Out now in most major supermarkets and local independents – or, subscribe here to recieve our next edition.

Published in: August 2020

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