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The Marsden Grotto, South Shields

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Marsden Rock is a rock formation in Tyne and Wear, North East England, situated in Marsden, South Shields. It is owned by the National Trust and overlooked by the Marsden Grotto. It is reachable on foot during low tide, but is completely surrounded by water at high tide.The rock is a 100ft sea stack of periclase and Magnesian Limestone which lies approximately 100yd off the main cliff face. In 1803 a flight of steps was constructed up the side of the rock. In 1903 several choirs climbed onto the rock to perform a choral service. A juggling show was also performed by a group of trainee clowns who worked for Marsden Quarry.In 1911 a large section of the rock collapsed into the sea leaving it as an arch. Continued tidal erosion caused the arch to collapse in 1998, splitting the rock into two separate stacks. Prior to this it had featured on many local postcards and photographs. In 1997 the smaller stack was declared unsafe and was demolished in the interests of public safety.The rock is home to seabird colonies, with thousands of pairs of black-legged kittiwakes, fulmars, gulls and cormorants.
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  • Second Visit to the Grotto for an evening meal .Like the first time Venue was excellent and the food was superb we had Mussels in Garlic and White wine Sauce for our starter and my wife had half a lob...  more »
  • Oh dear this place could be so good, it has so many different proprieties none of which seem to be able to make it sing. I could see the place had a little money spent on it but still a bit shabby and...  more »
  • The cave is still good but this place had been updated to a tapas restaurant. The old pub was much better, although it's worth traveling down to see the beach and rock  more »