Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

We took a little break to the North East of England for the Bank Holiday weekend. We drove up late on Saturday so that we could have two full days there. On Sunday we visited Tynemouth Castle and Priory, high on a rocky headland on the North East Coast, overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne. The remains of the castle, keep and Benedictine Priory are all that are left of nearly 2000 years of history. The priory was originally founded in the seventh century, but was destroyed by the Danes in 875. The priory was then re-founded in the eleventh century and it these remains that can be seen today. It has a fascinating history and the ruins are quite breathtaking and well worth a visit. The Podlings had a wonderful time here and were very reluctant to leave..We treated them to ice creams from the gift shop, so everyone left happy It was, in short, a lovely family day out!

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