Local Amenities

Elmswood Guest House is located in South Shields whilst close to public transport links, is accessible to every top attraction the town has to offer without the need of transport at all. The recently upgraded and extended shopping centre has all the top shops you’d expect to find, and the guest house is only a ten minute walk to two parks, one of which has been re-designed as it was in Victorian times and after 3 million pounds worth of renovation work has taken place, the view is breath taking. Also there’s the Fairground and beaches. It is in an area favoured by both business men and women, but also with leisure travelers.

On Our Doorstep


ocean roadEven closer than the parks and the beaches are the great restaurants, which South Shields has in abundance. On Ocean Road itself visitors are treated to a delight of aromas coming from the selection of restaurants, cafes and takeaways. They cater for every taste, traditional fish and chips, Mediterranean, Chinese, Italian and last but not least Indian Curry Houses right on our doorstep. With so much competition prices stay cheap so it’s not a drain on your wallet to indulge in this cuisine.


The Nightlife


king streetThere’s nightlife, nightlife and even more nightlife. Pubs and clubs galore – thankfully not right on our doorstep but just 5 minutes away.

Guests who want to, can enjoy the revelry until the early hours while others who enjoy a more sedate recreation will not be disturbed by any noise from the lively town centre hostelries.




beach imageWith a wonderful coastline, graced by some of the best beaches in the region, South Shields offers a unique blend of natural splendour with all the ingredients of a traditional seaside resort. Littlehaven beach offers excellent water sport opportunities, whilst the golden stretch of Sandhaven, with its backdrop of dunes, is especially popular. Deck chairs, tents and windbreaks are available for hire and lifeguards patrol during the summer season.


Arbeia Roman Fort


arbeia gate house imageThe Roman Fort of Arbeia offers an insight into one of the most exciting periods of history. Visitors can walk around the excavated ruins of the Fort, see the reconstruction of the West Gate, visit the museum with its display of finds which include weapons, jewellery and coins then visitors can enter Time Quest to experience working on a real archaeological dig.


The Customs House


customs house image2The recently renovated Mill Dam was once the heart of maritime activities. Now restored, the cobbled streets house an elegant Customs House with its cinema, theatre, gallery and stylish restaurant. A Maritime Festival is now a popular summer feature giving Mill Dam a unique character and ambience attracting both locals and visitors.


Bluereef Aquarium


bluereef aqurium imageUsing the ferry service between North and South Shields 5 mins from guest house.
You open up another frontier of interesting places to visit. The Bluereef Aquarium is something very special and is the home to some of the worlds most exotic and exciting creatures of the oceans….


Beamish Museum


Beamish Museum image2010 marked a milestone in the story of Beamish, the North East’s very own living museum – its 40th birthday. Way back in 1970, the first two members of staff took up their duties and Beamish came into being.

In August that year, founder Director Frank Atkinson took up his full-time post and the three staff, along with many of the social history and industrial collections moved into Beamish Hall and Beamish was born.

From the very first exhibition ‘Museum in the Making’ in 1971 to the Beamish we all know and love today, millions of visitors from throughout the world have passed through the gates.


Jarrow Hall


Bedes World imageDiscover the incredible world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and the extraordinary life of Bede – the father of English history – at our historic and environmental oasis in the heart of South Tyneside. Set across 11 acres, Jarrow Hall features a museum dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Bede, alongside an extensive Anglo-Saxon farm and reconstructed Anglo-Saxon dwellings.


National Glass Centre


National Glass Centre imageWe want to share our knowledge and interest in contemporary glass by welcoming people to our iconic building on the North Shore of the River Wear in Sunderland. Here, they can learn how to make glass, watch glass being made, view exhibitions inspired by glass and find out about Sunderland’s links with this extraordinary material. Our teaching and research programmes also include ceramics and our exhibitions explore the potential of ceramics alongside glass. We use our expertise and specialist facilities to provide support for emerging and established artists to learn about and make glass to further their own practice. Part of the University of Sunderland, we are at the forefront of glass research and our academic staff and facilities are internationally recognised…..