For inter-city travel by air, rail or bus see Newcastle upon Tyne. Change in city centre for the Metro or bus out to Wallsend, details below.
1 Wallsend Metro and bus station is south side of town centre on Station Rd A186.
By road, use A19 which bypasses Newcastle to the east via the Tyne Tunnel, the north end of which is two miles east of Wallsend. The tunnel toll for a car is £1.90. It has long tailbacks during rush hour, but trying to use A1(M) in rush hour instead (which bypasses to the west) incurs just as much grief.
Metro trains run every 10-15 min from St James / Monument (change for main railway station, airport and Sunderland) via Manors, Byker, Chillingham Rd and Walkergate, taking 12 min to Wallsend. They continue east to North Shields and Whitley Bay before looping back to Jesmond and city centre; they then head back out along the south river bank to Gateshead, Jarrow and South Shields. Wallsend is in Zone B on the North Tyne Metro loop, yellow line, so a single fare from city centre (as of May 2021) is £2.55 and from the airport is £3.65.
Stagecoach Bus 22 runs every 10 min from Monument in city centre, and Bus 40 every 30 min, taking 25 min to Wallsend.
The main taxi operator is Blue Line, +44 191 262 6666. Uber also operate here. A ride from the airport might be £20-25.
- Wallsend has a famous skyline with the now redundant cranes of Swan Hunters shipyard. The town is modern but has several old churches - St Peter's has fine stained-glass windows.
- 1 Segedunum Roman Fort, Buddle St NE28 6HR, ☏ . Daily 10:00-17:00. Museum and foundations of a Roman fort, and reconstruction of a bath house. The visitors centre has an elevated viewing platform. Segedunum means "victory fort" or "strong fort" and was the start of Hadrian's Wall, built from 122 AD westwards towards the Solway Firth. A fragment of wall just west of the fort was Mile Zero. Free, donation.
- 2 Stephenson Railway Museum, Middle Engine Lane (on the North Shields/Wallsend border). This houses a collection of locomotives from the early days of the railways (the 1826 Billy) to some early electric locomotives. The museum is on part of the old Metro test track, and so the museum will often have trains running between the museum and Percy Main Metro station.
- Wallsend Sports Centre, about ten minutes walk west of the town centre, has an 18-hole golf course.
- Rising Sun Country Park, behind the ASDA on the Whitley Road, has a Visitors Centre and acres of countryside to explore, including Swallow Pond, a haven for local birds. The country park has many hides for those of you interested in getting a closer look at, or taking photographs of, the birds.
- Hadrian's Wall footpath starts at Segedunum and heads west along the river bank - use OS Landranger Map 88. The route is entirely modern for its first 14 miles, with a cycleway, until Heddon-on-the-Wall. The wall followed the line of A187 into Newcastle then A186 / A69 west but is completely obliterated by the city. No point hiking east of Segedunum as the lower riverbank is all industrial and dockland, until you reach Tynemouth and the North Sea coast.
Wallsend town centre has a shopping centre, although this isn't really driven by tourist business. Elsewhere in the town centre are chain shops, and many grocers, butchers, and fishmongers. Again, not particularly touristy.
The Metrocentre (Europe's largest shopping centre) is served directly from Wallsend by bus. Also, easily reached by public transport are Newcastle upon Tyne and the Royal Quays outlet centre.
Wallsend has many food outlets. The Co-op store in the Forum shopping centre has a cafe upstairs, which is generally classified as quite expensive for the area. If you are happy with the decor, then cafes such as Neptune Cafe (Station Road, opposite the Anson) and Metro Cafe (next to Wallsend Metro station) may offer better value for money.
Likewise, many pubs serve bar meals.
- 1 Modern Tandoori, 174 High Street West, ☏ . Daily 6PM-midnight. An Indian restaurant on the High Street, which is a reputable family run business, known for its quality and service.
The Anson pub is easily spotted in its prime location next to the Forum shopping Centre. There are a number of pubs as you head out of Wallsend towards Newcastle on High Street West. Members of CIU affiliates are well catered for by a number of CIU working mens clubs
There are few hotels in Wallsend. Further afield you have hotels at Cobalt Park, Royal Quays, and on the A19 corridor. There are also the large number of hotels in nearby Newcastle upon Tyne
As of May 2021, Wallsend has 5G from EE, and 4G from O2, Three and (patchily) from Vodafone.
- All the sights and sounds of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and Sunderland are easily reached on the Metro.
- Tyne Valley and Northumberland have glorious scenery but you need a car. Most tourists miss these areas as they hurry on to Scotland.
- Hadrian's Wall marches away west, sinister-dexter many thousands of paces; the best section is between Hexham and Greenhead.
- Durham is an attractive well-preserved old city, just 40 minutes away by train.
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