Tynemouth Castle and Priory
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The entire priory complex is surrounded by defensive walls. The first defenses at Tynemouth were probaby begun by Edward I around 1296. Edward's wallls were strengthened in the 15th century. Then, asfter the dissolution of the priory in 1539, the site was transformed into a royal castle, and gun emplacements built to counter the threat of Spanish invasion.
Tynemouth Castle was a major part of England's coastal defenses for the next several centuries, and visitors can still see the restored gun battery built during the Napoleonic Wars.
It is rare to see a site that has been put to so many purposes over the centuries, and Tynemouth Priory is well worth a visit for its historic interest.
About Tynemouth Castle and Priory
Address: Pier Road, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, England, NE30 4BZ
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Parking in Tynemouth village, at Spanish Battery, or on the coast road.
Website: Tynemouth Castle and Priory
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
Photo Credit: Steve McShane, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.
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