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Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Tynemouth
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Tynemouth Castle is located on a rocky headland, overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. The coat of arms of the town of Tynemouth still includes three crowns commemorating the tradition that the Priory had been the burial place for three kings.Origins of the PrioryLittle is known of the early history of the site. Some Roman stones have been found there, but there is no definite evidence that it was occupied by the Romans. The Priory was founded early in the 7th century, perhaps by Edwin of Northumbria. In 651 Oswin, king of Deira was murdered by the soldiers of King Oswiu of Bernicia, and subsequently his body was brought to Tynemouth for burial. He became St Oswin and his burial place became a shrine visited by pilgrims. He was the first of the three kings buried at Tynemouth.In 792 Osred II, who had been king of Northumbria from 789 to 790 and then deposed, was murdered. He also was buried at Tynemouth Priory. Osred was the second of the three kings buried at Tynemouth. The third king to be buried at Tynemouth was Malcolm III, king of Scotland, who was killed at the Battle of Alnwick in 1093. (This is the same Malcolm who appears in Shakespeare's Macbeth.) The king's body was sent north for reburial, in the reign of his son Alexander I, at Dunfermline Abbey, or possibly Iona.
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  • Lived in Tynemouth all my early life and on a recent visit found that since English Heritage have taken over that gates to the grounds, outside of the Priory, are locked when the Priory is closed. As ...  more »
  • Me and my husband visited the priory, whilst we were on holiday. We were so impressed with the history offered and the amazing views. There is no guide but the information points are very informative. 
  • Blessed with a perfect Sunday evening' weather at the end of October this was idyllic . Dramatic , atmospheric and beautiful . Fabulous views . And they do a lot of interesting things here e.g a scary...  more »
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  • Beautiful views to be had of the bay each side and a great walk along pier. Unfortunately to get into the actual ruins you have to pay. I would just walk around the outsides looking at the great views then to see the ruins just go on Google maps and look at the 360 degree photos of the inside. Saves money and you miss absolutely nothing. Spend the money you saved on some great food on Tynemouth main Street in one of the great places to eat.
  • As castles go this is a place you need to visit at least once. I would recommend.
  • This place is great! You've got an ancient priory, a very old castle and a WWI era artillery fort all in one place.
  • A 25-minute drive or Metro hop from central Newcastle, Tynemouth lies exactly where its name suggests. Of its beaches, surf-hub Longsands gets most of the accolades. But clamber down the stairs from the clifftop to King Edward’s Bay, and you’re in for a real treat. This is where Geordie foodies flock, in fine weather or otherwise, to enjoy superb seafood and real ales at Riley’s Fish Shack, a simple hut-kitchen that is the beach’s lone structure. Tynemouth also has a ruined priory and castle to enjoy, plus a Sunday flea market.
  • Great place. Lovely views. Little shops and places to eat.