World heritage sites, stunning coastline, dramatic castles and cathedrals, sumptuous stately homes and gardens, plus some of Europe’s most culturally exciting cities – at the Port of Tyne they’re all within easy reach.
The Port’s location in North Shields is just eight miles away from the bustling city centre of Newcastle, renowned for the quality of its culture and shopping and being voted UK Best City 2014 by readers of The Guardian.
For culture and heritage lovers, North East England is steeped in history. The region is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Hadrian’s Roman Wall and the City of Durham, as well as Alnwick Castle, known as the ‘Windsor of the North’, but most recognised for its role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films as well as being featured in the popular period drama Downton Abbey.
But it’s not just a sense of history that makes the places so special; as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the North East is home to beautiful coastlines and gardens.
With a wide-range of world-famous visitor attractions only an hour’s journey from our International Passenger Terminal, the Port of Tyne, which was named as UK’s Port of the Year 2014 at the National Transport Awards, makes an ideal stop-off or starting point for any cruise itinerary.
Top Five Facts About Port of Tyne
- Newcastle was voted the best UK city by readers of the Guardian in 2014
- The region is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Hadrian’s Roman Wall and the City of Durham. Hadrian’s wall is Britain’s oldest and best preserved ancient monuments and is part of the World Heritage Site ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’.
- Alnwick Castle was featured in the Harry Potter films as well as in the popular period drama Downton Abbey.
- The North East has topped a survey for the friendliest region in England (Government research)
- The Angel of the North voted one of the seven wonders of the world (The Sunday Times)
Cruise Ships – 24hr operation; there are No Restrictions for cruise ships
North Side; River Tyne (Chart BA 1934) 54° 59.6’N 001°26.8’W Distance to Sea 2.2 miles
Spring tide range 4.3m, neap 2.1m
Current at mid tide generally 1-1.5knots
Length 335 metres, Depth 9.0 metres, Quay Height 6.7 m (at Chart Datum)
Vessels over 350m have been handled previously but the practical limit is the 360m diameter turning at Jarrow which allows vessels up to 300m to be swung by tug.
Minumum of 9m up to 13.5m (depending on tides)
24hrs per day / 365 days per year
Up to 300m
3 tugs (70,42, 43 tonnes pull)
Additonal tugs can be arranged with reasonable notice
Fully compliant with ISPS regulations.
20m, 14.5m and 12m gangways are available
Water meters are located along the berth face
Must be arranged directly with relevant local supplier in advance
Repairs from light engineering up to dry-docking for 250m plus vessels
1 x 12m3 skip included in standard call charges and sewage collection
The passenger lounge provides seating for 800 with 9 cruise and 6 ferry check-in desks and has capacity for 2,000 passengers in a turnaround call.
Washrooms, a cafe, telephones and tourist information can be found in the International Passenger Terminal.
Numerous outlets are located in the city centre which is just 20mins away by metro
Free Wifi is available in the café located in the International Passenger Terminal.
There is a public telephone box directly inside the Passenger Terminal
A Taxi rank is located directly outside the International Passenger Terminal. Private Hire taxis can also be booked.
The Terminal is approx 9 miles (14 ½ km) east of Newcastle. Percy Main is the closest Metro station (20 minutes walk), although it is better to take the bus if travelling with luggage . The 19 bus timetable and route map can be viewed here.
Newcastle International Airport offers flights to and from regional airports around the UK and is around 14 miles/15mins by car.
A Travelex cash machine is available inside the passenger lounge.
There is a café located inside the terminal.
Kate O’Hara, Commercial Director
0044 (0)191 455 2671
Port of Tyne Authority
Coble Dene, Albert Edward Dock, North Shields NE29 6EE
By email only to Kate O’Hara