Tynemouth Castle and Priory stand on a rocky called Pen Ball Crag, at the mouth of the River Tyne. It's got battlements , a moat (never water-filled, so technically a ditch, I guess), spooky ruined bits and terrific views. The Priory, the burial place of three kings, is a stately ruin with a beautifully preserved medieval chapel within it. There is an old WWI naval gun battery, recently turned into a small but interesting museum, and, if you search for it, in the graveyard is the grave of Sergeant Rollo, whose claim to fame is that he held the lantern at the burial of Sir John Moore at Corruna, a fact he was so proud of, that it takes pride of place on his headstone. There are grassy slopes for the children to roll on, Cliffs to peer over the edge of, and, just opposite the main gate is Tynemouth Front Street, elegant and full of good eateries, antique shops, and boutique-y shops for Mum to browse in while Dad sits outside one of the pubs with a beer, and watches life go by. What's not to like? (But bring your coat, if you're not a Geordie).
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