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Whitley Bay Beach – the Ultimate Guide

A hugely popular seaside town in the North of England is Whitley Bay. Home to all you would expect from a UK staycation with all the family friendly features you could hope for. Whitley Bay Beach is one of our favourites in the area. Here’s all you need to know before your visit.

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girl and her dog dancing near the waves at whitley bay

The sand on Whitley Bay beach is soft and yellow. Perfect for throwing off your shoes and burying in your feet. The combination of wet and dry sand makes it perfect for sandcastle building and moat digging.

It’s a good bay for swimming, kayaking and paddle-boarding and there are life guards on duty over the summer months.

red and yellow lifeguard flag and yellow surfboard on whitley bay beach

Just be warned, the North Sea can be freezing, we always pop Piper in a wetsuit if she wants to get in the water.

piper quinn with long curly hair at the beach. She is wearing a turquoise swimsuit with a pelican on and a wetsuit on her bottom half

The promenade wall offers plenty of shelter so find a quiet spot along the edge and lay out your kit for the day.

turquiose railing on the paved walkway down to Whitley Bay beach

The further you head North towards St Marys lighthouse, the rockier it gets. This is the area to head to if you have rockpool obsessed kids like I do! If you’re very lucky you may even spot some grey seals sunbathing on the rocks around the lighthouse.

st marys lighthouse in whitby bay seen across the sand and water

If you don’t fancy walking along the sand there’s a lovely promenade you can follow the whole length of the beach.

What about after your beach trip?

Whitley Bay has heaps to entertain the whole family. If you have active kids then the skate park should be high on your list of places to visit. It’s located right next to the beach and you’re likely to pass it on your walk from the carpark.

kids skating at whitley bay skate park

The iconic Spanish City is a great place to visit for dinner. Home to some brilliant heigh end restaurants and bars. Opened in 1910 it was once a theatre and its white dome stands proud over the beach to this day. The Spanish City is also home to Trenchers Restaurant which was voted the best fish and chip restaurant in the UK in 2020.

white domed building of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay

Over the summer months on the grassy area behind the beach you’ll often find a funfair with kid friendly stalls and rides.

ghost house and small yellow rollercoaster at whitley bay funfair

Facilities at Whitley Bay Beach

Rendezvous cafe is located on the promenade¬† near the main entrance to the beach. It’s a great place to warm up with a hot drink on a cold day or treat the kids to a cooling ice cream. The takeout window makes it easy to queue and collect safely but you can go inside if you’d prefer.

old style takeaway window rendezvous cafe on the beach promenade at whitley bat

On the Spanish City side of the beach theres a small kiosk, again serving great drinks and ice cream.

You’ll find toilets behind the Rendezvous Cafe which a accessible and have baby change facilities.

girl in big green hoody walking along the beach across yellow sand in front of shallow wave

Parking for Whitley Bay Beach

We parked at Whitley Bay Beach Car Park just across the main road from the grass links, almost opposite the skate park. We chose this one as it has EV charging points and we needed to juice up our electric vehicle. There was a high speed one here which was a huge relief. The postcode for this car park is NE26 1QE.

car charging in a carpark at whitley bay

You’ll find plenty of other car parking options as you drive into town. just keep an eye out for the signs. Most of them will be pay and display.

Whitley Bay accommodation

Being a hugely popular tourist destination, Whitley Bay has heaps of hotels, B and Bs and holiday parks.

For great value and somewhere the kids are guaranteed to love you could try Whitley Bay Holiday Park. Located just a short walk from St Marys lighthouse, you’ll probably see this huge caravan park on your way into town. It has a great outdoor play area and heated pool. Plus a variety of different sized, well maintained static caravans.

If hotels are more your thing the I recommend checking out the Metropolitan Guest House. Just a few minutes walk to the beach this modern B & B is a lovely base for exploring town.

man in striped jumper and shorts walking a dog along whitley bay beach

Is Whitley Bay Beach Dog Friendly?

Dogs are welcome on the beach from the skatepark up to the lighthouse area. We saw loads running around enjoying the sand. Our Hungarian Vizsla, Holly loved splashing in the waves with Piper and happily lay on a towel next to us when she was tired out. Please make sure you clean up if you bring your dog. There are bins dotted around and at the carparks.

big brown short haired dog and young girl dancning into the waves on whitley bay beach

What else can I do in the area?

Another great town close by is Blyth. With a fabulous beach and heaps of play parks. This is where to head if Whitley Bay feels too busy and is just 15 minutes down the road. Read about my trip to Blyth to discover more.

dog on blyth beach

A little further South is the wonderful town of Seaham. Located on the Durham Heritage coast this is another great spot for a day by the seaside. A trip to the Seaham Beaches is only half an hours drive from Whitley Bay.

How to get to Whitley Bay Beach

Whitley Bay is located in the North East of England. It’s just to the East of Newcastle Upon Time on a stunning stretch of coastline.

From the South of the Country its the long drive all the way up the M1, then the A1(M) eventually joining the A19 near Newcastle. You’ll then pick up the signs to Whitley Bay.

The nearest airport to Whitley Bay is Newcastle International, you can then hire a car and drive the half hour into town.

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