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Newcastle shocked many when Rough Guides voted the northern city the best place to visit in 2018, beating the likes of this year’s capital of culture Valetta in Malta and exotic destinations like Malawi, Cuba and Chile. Best known to UK natives as a party city, with streets in the centre lined with clubs and bars, this city and the surrounding areas have so much more than a wild night out to offer.

In order to find out what all the fuss is about, we spoke to Love Home Swap member and North East native Laraine about her home in Tynemouth, a small seaside town on the North East coast of England just a 25 minute drive from Newcastle.

Tynemouth has also been in the press lately, with top publishers commenting on the quality of life this small town offers, “Tynemouth was voted number four amongst the ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’ by The Sunday Times. This exquisite village is located in the borough of Tyne and Wear, England. Tynemouth is the host for elegant architecture, blissful scenery and many a places to dine. With stunning beaches and sea views that will take your breath away this is the perfect place to visit all throughout the year.”

Larraine has an apartment on Front street, an iconic street in the town with views of 17th and 18th century cottages and town houses.

Larraine’s home in Tynemouth is located on the famous Front Street, which overlooks the beautiful village green.

 

Places to eat

“Fancy some fabulous fish that is locally caught for breakfast? Then the place you are looking for is Riley’s Fish Shack, located right on the beach at King Edward’s Bay, this is the ideal place to visit all year round. During the summer months you can find yourself relaxing in a deckchair and during the cooler evenings huddled around little fires eating fresh unique tasting food. Rayner, from the Guardian decaled that he had “found the eating experience of the year”.

Riley's Fishack is famous throughout Tyne and Wear for its amazing food and seaside views

 

“Only a short walk across the road is the Restaurant that won the AA rosette for culinary excellence. The Buddha Lounge host beautiful décor, recreating a temple with its Asian themed interior. Specialising in Asian cuisine and serving a leading choice of cocktails this is a place you are able to stay all night long as later on they feature upbeat DJ’s. Wanting a cake and coffee? Then take a visit to Dil & the Bear, a lovely place with a homely feel where you can stop off for a little cake. They have a great choice on offer and will always greet you with a friendly welcome.

“Another place that comes highly recommended is Ora. Most famously known for the tapas dishes that they serve alongside the great cocktails. This place screams sophisticated glamour with the glass spiralling staircase and cosy drinking booths. For a drink or two Coast Kitchen & Bar is the perfect place to sit and have a glass of wine. With a gorgeous marble bar and pendant glass lamps this is the place to have an intimate drink or two. The family-run establishment well and truly makes you feel like you are at home. Serving bistro meals that are nutritious and locally sourced this is also doubles up as an ideal place to grab a bite to eat. If you want to party a little harder, then Newcastle will be the place for you. With direct metro link to the town, Tynemouth is the place to say.

 

Things to do

"The metro only takes twenty minutes taking you right into the Centre of Newcastle where the famous Nightclubs Florita’s and Madame Koo are homed. These nightclubs ranked number one according to Newcastle Nightclubs news and it is obvious why with their tropical interiors, sultry décor and cheeky cocktail list.

"If you are seeking some culture then look no further than the beautiful sites that Tynemouth has to offer. Home to the historic castle and Priory, this ruined medieval priory and fortress stands tall on the hill. Or take a walk down to St. Mary’s Lighthouse this 19th century lighthouse offers tidal views and allows you to watch the waves hitting up against the cliffs. Also if you check out what is on at Tynemouth before you plan on visiting you will find seasonal events that take place such as the Mouth of Tyne Festival. You will be able to find seasonal events such as the bonfire display and the annual switch on of the Christmas tree depending on what time of year you plan to visit.

Views of Tynemouth Castle and priory upclose and from Tynemouth promenade

 

With the kids

"Planning on bringing the Kids to Tynemouth? Don’t worry we have some great activities covered. Most of the time the kids love playing on the Longsands beach with golden sand and lifeguard cover from May to September it is a perfect day at the beach!

"Tynemouth is also home to the Blue Reef Aquarium, it may be raining out but this is still a perfect activity as this is an underwater adventure. The kids will get to marvel at reef sharks, loggerhead turtles and colourful fish as they walk through the ocean tunnel. If you have a nice sunny day you could always go on the Tynemouth Treasure Trail, this is a self guided tour and can be downloaded prior to arrival. If that still isn’t enough to keep them busy then why not in the later evenings take a trip to King Edwards Bay to see if you can spot any seals.

 

In Newcastle

"As previously mentioned the direct metro link from Tynemouth to Newcastle only takes twenty minutes, making this the perfect day trip out. Newcastle is the home to the famous quayside where you are able to view the Tyne Bridge and take a walk across the Millennium Bridge to go and visit The Sage. Home to some of the best shops there will be something for everyone. Another great trip is a visit to Lindisfarne. This is a holy tidal island off the Northeast coast of England in Northumberland. If you visit here you will be able to see the small castle that was built on the island in 1550 and the priory. This makes for a stunning day out.

Views from the river Tyne of the Millenium Bridge and the Concert Hall the Sage

Interested in visiting Tynemouth? You can get in touch with Larraine and view her home here.

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