South Shields (NE33, NE34) is a coastal town at the mouth of the River Tyne, about 5 miles downstream from Newcastle, the third largest in Tyneside (after Newcastle and Gateshead). South Shields is a vibrant and bustling town, home to a great choice of cafes, public houses and nightlife. Every summer South Shields plays host to a free festival, and every autumn the town is the seaside finish to the world-famous Great North Run. The town boasts a museum and art gallery, traditional, continental and farmer markets, a leisure centre with gym and a newly refurbished multi-purpose family friendly complex at the seafront, including a bowling alley, a soft play area, a fully licensed bar, Italian restaurant and an arcade. In addition, South Shields is home to South Tyneside College, one of the two leading maritime training centres in the UK, with facilities including a marine safety training centre and a simulated ship’s bridge for the training of deck officers.
South Shields’ amenities, coastal location and local events make it perfect for students, young professionals and families alike. A Typical Average asking price for a residential property in the area is £137,598, with an average rental price of £608 pcm
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South Shields is bounded by the A19 trunk road to the West and situated close to the Tyne Tunnel at Jarrow. The town is well connected to other areas of Tyne & Wear and to the strategic road network – the A194(M) motorway provides a direct link between the Borough and the A1/A1(M).
South Shields is primarily serviced by South shields Metro Station, the platform is situated on a bridge directly above King Street – the town’s main shopping area. There are other Metro stations at Tyne Dock and Brockley Whins, while a new station at Simonside opened in early 2008.
There is a frequent pedestrian ferry service to North Shields on the opposite bank of the Tyne.
The nearest major airport is Newcastle Airport, about 17 miles away.
Schools in South Shields fall under the South Tyneside Local Education Authority. For a full list of local schools, locations and ofstead reports please click below:
South Shield is served by South Tyneside District Hospital, which is responsible for acute hospital services in South Tyneside and a wide range of community health services in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
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