Tynemouth Priory and Castle, on the headland. are very impressive. The original priory foundation was in the 7th century, but this was destroyed by Vikings and refounded in the Norman period. The remains today date from the 12th to 15th centuries.
Rocks near the mouth of the River Tyne, were regarded as treacherous for centuries.
On the hill above the rocks is a statue of Lord Collingwood, hero at the Battle of Trafalgar.