Days Out Attractions & Buildings
St Hilda's Pit Head
South Shields, Tyne and Wear
St Hilda’s Pit Head is a community, culture & heritage space at the heart of South Shields. We host events, performances, training & community groups. Co-managed by Community Arts Project North East and Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust.
St Mary's Heritage Centre
St Peter's Church Of Monkwearmouth
Call Parish office for opening times. One of Britain’s most important early Christian buildings, St. Peter’s was built in 674 AD. It was also the home of the Venerable Bede, the first English historian.
St Thomas Church
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
St Thomas' is one of the most fascinating churches in Newcastle, and we hope this short guide will help you to appreciate some of the main points in its history. The first church (a pilgrim's chapel on the old bridge over the Tyne) was built soon after Thomas a Becket was murdered, which was in A.D. 1170. It may have been built as an act of penance by Hugh de Melville (one of the knights who killed St Thomas). The Pope made Thomas a saint three years later. On the current site of the church, there used to be a hospital for lepers. The hospital was dedicated to Mary Magdalen, the first person to meet Jesus after he rose from the dead. You will find Mary in two of the windows, and also Jesus healing lepers.
St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrews Church
Usually Open: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm or by arrangement. Often called the Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts movement, this fine church contains work by Pre-Raphaelite's Eric Gill, Burne-Jones, Gimson and William Morris.
St. George's Church
Newcastle upon Tyne
The original Anglo-Saxon monastery on the present site of St Hilda’s was founded in 640 AD by St Aiden, though it was destroyed by the Danes in the 9th Century. Cheers guys. The current church tells the story of the original monastery and life at St Hilda’s after the Danes — of how the church was initially built as a burial place for the DeBrus family and how it has now reverted back to its medieval purpose of serving the community. Tours are available, but if you want to guide yourself freestyle, there are display panels, sound wands and interactive screens to aid you. So, move your buttresses and go to see some lovely buttresses.
St. Mary’s Lighthouse and Wetland
St. Mary’s Lighthouse attracts many visitors as it is one of the few lighthouses to allow the public full access. The views from the top are pretty impressive too. Surrounding the building is a nature reserve – perfect for soggy ankles and happy kids who will be fascinated by the rock-pool inhabitants. Opening times vary according to tides and weather conditions. Call for details. Adults £2.30. Conc. £1.20, family £5 (2 adults and 2 children)
St. Paul’s Church and Monastic Site
Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
Open: Mon – Sat 10am-4pm. Sun 2.00pm-4pm. St.Paul's monastic site dates back to AD681. The church chancel is the original Saxon church built with stones taken from the Roman Wall.
St. Peter's Church of Monkwearmouth
Call Parish office for opening times. One of Britain's most important early Christian buildings, St. Peter's was built in 674 AD. It was also the home of the Venerable Bede, the first English historian.
Stephenson Railway Museum
Open: April-October weekends. Daily during school holidays. 11am-4pm. Museum admission is free. Train rides: Adult £2.45, Conc. £1.20, family £6.10. Explore the history of railways from steam to coal to electricity through interactive media and 'hands-on' exhibits. There's also the chance to re-live the days of the steam railway and take a ride on a real steam train.
Sunderland International Air Show
Usually held in August there are numerous displays of RAF fighter and frontline aircraft along with vintage aircraft. The highlight is the aerobatics display teams that will take your breath away. The show is free.