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South Shields (Sandhaven) Beach

South Shields, South Tyneside

Sandhaven in South Shields is a sandy beach with dunes backed by cliffs. It is good for bird watching and, due to the high number of sea birds present in the area, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Beach Type



First aid station
Caravan site
Toilets (incl disabled)
Lost child centre
Slip way
Camp site
Caravan site
Amusement Park
Tourist information


Jet skiing
Surf board hire
Wind surfing
Water sports centre
Kite surfing

Nature and Wildlife

Local coastal walks. South tyneside heritage trail. Guided Walks. The beach is good for bird watching; in particular sanderlings which over winter at the beach. Seals and dolphins occasionally sighted.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Cleaned daily from May to September by dedicated Foreshore Cleansing squad. Litter and Dog bins present.


Seasonal dog ban on nothern half of the beach 1st May to 30th September.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Foreshore TIC. Elevated Walkway. Sea Road. South Shields.NE33 2LD Tel 0191 4557411


Nearest town: South Shields
County: South Tyneside
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9997, -1.40746
Postcode: NE33 2LD
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


A1M and A19 link up to the A194 for an easy route into South Shields

Public Transport

Local rapid transport system Metro with easy links to Newcastle and Sunderland. Links to Newcastle Airport and Central Station. South Shields Ferry provides links to North Shields and International North Sea Ferrys.

Nearest Railway Stations

Sunderland (Approx. 6 miles away)
Heworth (Approx. 7 miles away)
Manors (Approx. 8 miles away)
Newcastle (Approx. 9 miles away)
Cramlington (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is pay parking by the beach with spaces for disabled visitors. approx 2500 spaces.

Nearby Car Parks

South Promenade - South, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Marsden Rattler, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
South Promenade - North, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Trow Quarry, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Pierhead, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Pier Parade, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Harbour Drive - South, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Harbour Drive - North, South Shields (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Winchester Street, South Shields (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Library, South Shields (Short stay).
About 0.9 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in South Shields