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Living in Whitley Bay: The Local Area Guide

Whitley Bay is a quintessential Northern England seaside town, with a long promenade and windswept beaches. Its golden sandy beach was awarded the Blue Flag designation for its cleanliness and amenities, and becomes a hive of activity during the summer months, when sandcastle competitions and other recreational activities keep the town busy. The picturesque promenade is lined with an array of restaurants, allowing visitors to take in the views all the way to St. Mary’s lighthouse. Whitley Bay is in the process of regeneration, with an injection of £36 million in investment to give it a modern upgrade. This includes new community facilities like a skate park and children’s play parks. The opulent Spanish City dome is also being restored and returned to its Edwardian splendour.

Residents enjoy good schools and extremely convenient transport links. The town is connected by metro to Newcastle upon Tyne and other regional destinations. Its bustling high street offers a range of facilities, including clothing boutiques and friendly cafes. With a strong sense of community, this is a seaside town on the upswing.


In the summer months, Whitley Bay’s beaches swell with visitors from Newcastle and the surrounding Tyneside region. Tourism plays an important role in the economy, with residents working in the local cafes, restaurants, and gift shops. Yet many also have professional occupations, and commute into nearby Gateshead or Newcastle city centres for work.

Combined with Whitley Lodge, Whitley Sands, and Monkseaton, Whitley Bay is part of the larger Whitley Bay Ward. The total ward’s population was 9,416 in 2011. With an average age of 39, there’s a diverse blend of residents. Nearly 90% of residents were born in England, but other countries of birth include Scotland, Ireland, Bangladesh, the United States, and South Africa.


Like other towns in the region, there’s a three-tiered education system in Whitley Bay. The schools are classified as first, middle, or high schools. At the first or primary level, students can attend highly rated schools like Marine Park, Whitley Lodge, and Southridge First Schools. Marine Park was rated “outstanding” by Ofsted in their most recent report.

Another outstanding school is Whitley Bay High, recognized for its high quality sporting facilities and standard of education. This secondary school serves pupils between the ages of 13-18, with an enrolment of 1600 students. Monkseaton High is another good school in town, and middle schools include Star of the Sea and Valley Gardens.


One of the easiest ways to get into Whitley Bay is via the Tyne and Wear Metro. There’s a centrally located metro station in the town centre, and the beaches are just a short walk from here. From the metro station, residents will find it an easy commute into Newcastle upon Tyne, just 25 minutes away. Seaside buses travel up and down the length of the coast, offering close access to towns like Tyneside.

The town is also well linked by motorway. The A1058 coast road is on hand for travelling up and down the coastal pathways, while the A19 and A1 motorways link the town to Newcastle, Gateshead, and beyond. Railway stations are located in nearby towns including Monkseaton, Cullercoats, and Brockley Whins.

Amenities and Shopping

Seaside restaurants, gift shops, and beauty salons all populate the town centre of the ever-changing Whitley Bay. The town is not far from all of the major shopping centres of central Newcastle, yet it offers its own distinct retail personality. The town’s centre was recognized in 2015 as the most improved shopping district in the country, with a 12.5% drop in vacant retail spaces.

As Whitley Bay continues to be revitalized, new businesses are moving in to sit next to old-timers. The high street is lined with souvenir shops, pharmacies, and fashion boutiques for both men and women. Whitley Bay’s Park View shopping centre hosts big brand names, and the promenade offers a dining and entertainment district. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood or Italian cuisine, you can enjoy a meal with the dramatic North Sea as a backdrop.

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