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Tuck into fresh seafood by the Tyne

Lying on the north bank of the River Tyne, this bustling town to the east of Newcastle has long been associated with the fishing industry. The Fish Quay is an atmospheric place to enjoy a stroll and eat fresh fish and chips out of the wrapper as you watch the ships go by. The waterfront is lined with a string of seafood restaurants.

Take a selfie with Stan Laurel

One of North Shields' most famous residents was Stan Laurel, who lived here as a boy before he met a certain Oliver Hardy. You can pose next to the statue of him in Dockwray Square. For a further look at North Tyneside's history, relive the golden age of steam at the Stephenson Railway Museum. See George Stephenson's 'Billy', an ancestor of the legendary Rocket.

Find Nemo at the Blue Reef Aquarium

Stay dry while exploring the ocean at this great-value family attraction in Nearby Tynemouth. Come face to face with clownfish, seahorses, stingrays and sharks. See cute sea lions playing in the Seal Cove and watch loggerhead turtles swim above your head as you walk through the ocean tunnel. Looking for a cheap hotel Near North Shields? Travelodge Newcastle Whitemare Pool is less than 5 miles from the town. If you want to base yourself in a city, Travelodge Newcastle Central is a good option.