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  • Nautica, Port of Tyne
    Nautica, Port of Tyne
  • Hadrian's Wall. Credit: Roger Clegg
    Hadrian's Wall. Credit: Roger Clegg
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral
    Durham Castle and Cathedral
  • Angel of the North
    Angel of the North
  • Alnwick Gardens. Credit: Kevin Radcliffe
    Alnwick Gardens. Credit: Kevin Radcliffe
  • Alnwick Castle
    Alnwick Castle

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 makes an ideal stop-off or starting point for any cruise itinerary.

Top Five Facts About Port of Tyne

  1. Newcastle was voted the best UK city by readers of the Guardian in 2014
  2. 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’.
  3. Alnwick Castle was featured in the Harry Potter films as well as in the popular period drama Downton Abbey.
  4. The North East has topped a survey for the friendliest region in England (Government research)
  5. The Angel of the North voted one of the seven wonders of the world (The Sunday Times)
Port Info
Contacts & Info
Time Zone:


Operational Hours:

Cruise Ships  – 24hr operation; there are No Restrictions for cruise ships

Latitude & Longitude:

North Side; River Tyne (Chart BA 1934) 54° 59.6’N 001°26.8’W Distance to Sea 2.2 miles

Prevailing Weather:

Spring tide range 4.3m, neap 2.1m
Current at mid tide generally 1-1.5knots

Berth Information:

Length 335 metres, Depth 9.0 metres, Quay Height 6.7 m (at Chart Datum)

Vessel Length:

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.

Vessel Width:

No restrictions

Air Draft Restrictions:

No restrictions

Vessel Draft:

Minumum of 9m up to 13.5m (depending on tides)

Depth on Berth:


Largest ship to call:

MSC Magnifica

VTS - Channel:

24hrs per day / 365 days per year

Max Ship Dimension:

Up to 300m




3 tugs (70,42, 43 tonnes pull)
Additonal tugs can be arranged with reasonable notice

Security Facilities:

Fully compliant with ISPS regulations.


20m, 14.5m and 12m gangways are available

Fresh Water:

Water meters are located along the berth face

Power Supply:


Fuel Supply:

Must be arranged directly with relevant local supplier in advance

Hot works / painting/ lifeboats:

Repairs from light engineering up to dry-docking for 250m plus vessels

Waste Handling:

1 x 12m3 skip included in standard call charges and sewage collection

Cruise Terminal Building:

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.

Currency Exchange:

Numerous outlets are located in the city centre which is just 20mins away by metro

Internet Access:

Free Wifi is available in the café located in the International Passenger Terminal.


There is a public telephone box directly inside the Passenger Terminal

Taxi Rank:

A Taxi rank is located directly outside the International Passenger Terminal. Private Hire taxis can also be booked.

Distance to Railway Station:

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.

Distance to Airport:

Newcastle International Airport offers flights to and from regional airports around the UK and is around 14 miles/15mins by car.

Banks / ATM Machines:

A Travelex cash machine is available inside the passenger lounge.


There is a café located inside the terminal.

Port Contacts

Tracey Younger


0044 (0)191 455 2671


Port of Tyne Authority
Coble Dene, Albert Edward Dock, North Shields NE29 6EE

Berth Enquiries / Reservation:
Visitor Information

Experience Tyne