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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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  • Very please to say that after 3 months, the Grotto has now re-opened under new management. The place has been refreshed inside and looks inviting. Menu concentrates on seafood but with traditional mai...  more »
  • Popped in on Sunday with the kids after a day on the beach, ended up Staying for dinner & glad we did, the food was amazing, really delicious. Although the pub was busy our food came quickly. The new ...  more »
  • Been a few times Last year(2016) can't wait for it to open again this Easter. Lovely spot for a meal or a drink  more »