It is almost at the mouth of the River Tyne, and is the terminus for ferries to Denmark and Norway.
The steam trawler, which revolutionised deep sea fishing, was developed here.
There is an early morning fish market at Fish Quay.
Ferries run from here to South Shields.
In Northumberland Square is a life size figure of a fishwife known as Wooden Dolly.
John Dobson, the Newcastle architect, was born at North Shields in 1787.