Blyth’s brightly coloured beach huts, bustling port and abundance of heritage give it an irresistible charm (not to mention its mouth-watering fish and chips...). The historical port is still a working port today, and you can watch sailing boats drifting in and out from the town’s quayside.
On the quayside you’ll find The Commissioner’s Quay Inn, which takes full advantage of its waterside location and offers unrivalled views of the port and beyond. Admire the low sun
shimmering across the North Sea from the waterfront terrace, or head inside for the inn’s cosy alcoves, rudders used as wall hangings and overall industrial heritage-inspired decor. A focal point of the quayside is ‘Spirit of the Staithes’, a sculpture designed by artist Simon Packard. Whilst at first glance it appears to be abstract artwork, comprised of tangled steel arms and gold panels, when viewed from a specific angle you will see the shape of a train pulling a coal truck in commemoration of the areas coal mining heritage.
Sitting on the promenade close to South Beach, Blyth Bandstand built in around 1929 is an iconic coastal landmark that regularly plays host to live music and events.
Head to Coastline Restaurant and ta
ke away some of the most delicious fish and chips in the county, or grab a gelato-to-go and savour it on the golden sands of South Beach. Rent one of the 20 huts that sit along the beach and use it to store your seaside essentials and stop the seagulls from stealing your scran.
For the history buff amongst you, Blyth also has its own lighthouse, The High Light Lighthouse. Built in 1888 and deactivated in 1985, it is now preserved for the nation. Blyth Battery, a coastal defence artillery battery, built in 1916 to protect the Port of Blyth is now open as a Military and Local Heritage museum.