The fascinating North Shields Fish Quay dates back to the 13th Century. Amongst its many historical components is Clifford’s Fort, a Scheduled Ancient Monument located in the heart of the Quay, built in the 17th Century as part of a network of coastal defences.
Todays quay balances the working fishing industry along with a number of eateries and drinking establishments, an eclectic mix of small to medium sized businesses and an ever increasing number of local residents, which all makes the area the perfect place for a day out. Sample fresh fish and chips, fine dining in one of the many restaurants or simply sit back and take in a colourful slice of modern, Quay life.
The Fish Quay is a genuine rugged, hardworking area with commercial activity in the setting of a number of historic structures. It has its own character, as well as a personality that is conveyed not only by the sights but by the smells of the sea, the fish frier and the many restaurants, and the sounds of the boats’ engines throbbing and gulls crying overhead. Positive changes to the street-scene and an increase in the number and variety of new food and drink businesses has facilitated al fresco dining, when the weather permits, which all adds to the atmosphere.
The Fishermen’s Mission, along with an array of wet fish shops and processors, is a powerful reminder that the Fish Quay is still a working environment. Whilst the fishing industry in general may have declined across the region, the Fish Quay now has the bragging rights as being the largest prawn port in England.
Fish Quay, North Shields NE30 1JA