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Excursions on the River Tyne
This page shows images of the excursion ships on the River Tyne. River Escapes run cruises from Newcastle Quays. For many years the various Tyne ferry companies offered excursion sailings in addition to their scheduled services. As the ferries were closed down the excursions disappeared. Such trips are still available occasionally on the sole remaining Tyne ferry route, the Shields Ferry between South Shields (Market Place) and North Shields (North Quay). The south terminal is situated just 5 minutes from South Shields Metro station. The north terminal is a steep 10 minute walk up to North shields Metro station, but ferries are met by bus number 333 which is free for ferry passengers. For more details see: www.nexus.org.uk/ferry. Mid-Tyne Ferries was the last ferry route to close in 1986 and they had run some excursions. The vessels were all sold to operators elsewhere. There is a brief history of the Tyne ferries at:- Tyne Ferries
The first new company to run excursions on the Tyne appears to be River Tyne Cruises which was using the 1947 Bridlington vessel Bridlington Queen from the Newcastle Quayside in 1990. This company later became River Escapes.
In 1991 the Duchess M, originally thePortsmouth-Gosport ferry Vesta, was on the River Tyne running charter cruises for Rolls Royce Limousine Hire. She passed to Tyne River Cruises in 1995 but was sold in 1997.
In 1989 the Tilbury-Gravesend ferry Catherine was acquired by River Tyne Cruises. In 2000 River Tyne Cruises became Tyne Leisure Line and subsequently River Escapes in 2007.
The 'Quayside to Countryside' 2 hour cruise sails from Newcastle's Quayside upriver as far as Ryton Willows Nature Reserve and Newburn Countryside Park. The cruise take you under eleven of the Tyne's bridges, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge as well as passing places associated with the world famous Blaydon Races.
The 'Quay to Sea' 3 hour cruise is a fantastic way to see the changing face of the River Tyne from the best vantage point in town. The cruise takes you under the magical Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which opens especially for the cruise to enjoy the panorama of the Tyne Gorge before returning downriver as far as the river mouth. On your cruise you will see the legendary shipyards of Tyneside, the International Ferry Terminals, the Port of Tyne, the Fish Quay and the great views of the river mouth, including Tynemouth Castle and Priory, the memorial to Admiral Lord Collingwood and the beautiful sandy beaches of South Shields. The cruise turns at the piers, where seals and dolphins are regularly seen and returns to Newcastle's Quayside.
The sole remaining Tyne ferry route is the Shields Ferry between South Shields (Market Place) and North Shields (North Quay). The south terminal is situated just 5 minutes from South Shields Metro station. the north terminal is a steep 10 minute walk to North shields Metro station, but ferries are me by bus number 333 which is free for ferry passengers. For more details see: www.nexus.org.uk/ferry
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Sections on this Page
River Escapes Vessels
Tyne River Cruise - City-to-Sea
Tyne River Cruise - Quayside -to-Countryside - to be added
Other UK North East Pages
Bridlington Excursion Vessels
Scarborough Excursion Vessels - Page 1: Steam
Scarborough Excursion Vessels - Page 2: Diesel
UK Excursion Vessels
World Ferry Fleets
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trip-out.co.uk - Trip Out Guides - Various Editions 1985-2016 by Geoffrey Hamer
Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk - Website on Tyne Bridges and Ferries
www.nexus.org.uk/ferry - current Shields Ferry operator
2010 Shields ferry Timetable (3.7 MB PDF file)
2010 Shields Ferry Timetable (3.7 MB PDF file)
2008 Shields Ferry Timetable (1 MB PDF file)
2006 Shields Ferry Timetable (1.2 MB PDF file)
2006 Shields Ferry Trips (1.2 MB PDF file)
2005 Shields Ferry Timetable (1 MB PDF file)
1999 Shields Ferry Hire (1.9 MB PDF file)
Shields Ferry Information Sheet - pre-1993 (1.7 MB PDF file)
Shields Ferry Information Sheet - pre-1993 revised (2.7 MB PDF file)
Shields Ferry Information Sheet - 2007 (1.3 MB PDF file)