The Brigade Watch House Museum is packed full of fascinating and unique artefacts of the Brigade's history ranging from the Ship's bell from one of the Shipwrecks that led to the creation of the Brigade in 1864 to a picture of Her Majesty The Queen visiting the Brigade in October 2005. Furthermore behind every picture and relic is a captivating story about how it links into both the Brigade's past and present role as a Voluntary Life Brigade on the North Tyneside Coastline. The Watch House is manned by Billy, the caretaker, and his wife Kath, who help keep the Museum in pristine condition and are on hand to ensure your visit to the Museum is interesting and informative. Guided tours and talks about the Brigade can be arranged and held at the Museum by either e-mailing the web site (see address on Contact Us page) or by speaking to Billy. The Museum is free to enter and is open at the following times:
Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00h to 15.00h
Sunday - 10.00h to 12.00h
How To Find The Musuem
Tyne & Wear Metro : leave Tynemouth Station by the East door, turn left and make your way down Front Street to Tynemouth Priory. Turn right down Pier Road, over the bridge, then bear left up the hill; the Watch House is on your right.
Bus : Last updated 15th August 2010
Service 306 (Newcastle to Tynemouth) - stops by the War Memorial in Tynemouth. If you alight here, head East towards Tynemouth Front Street, and continue until you reach Tynemouth Priory. After this head down Pier Road, go over the bridge and then bear left up the hill; the Watch House is on your right at the top of the hill. For further information on this route please click HERE.
Follow road sings for Tynemouth. If approaching from the North, follow the road on the coast until you reach Tynemouth priory, then turn left down Pier Road, follow the road as it takes you up the hill towards Spanish Battery and then the Museum is on the left. If approaching from the West drive through Tynemouth, along Front Street, until you reach Tynemouth Priory and then follow the above instructions. Public car parks are located within a few hundred metres, on the Spanish Battery headland and in the Blockyard, on the right immediately after the bridge at the bottom of Pier Bank.
Click HERE for a multimap route showing the location of the Watch House in relation to Tynemouth and its surrounding roads. For those of you with satellite navigation, the postcode of the Watch House is NE30 4DD.
We have in-house toilet facilities, including disabled toilet, for visitors. A public automated toilet is located by the Gibraltar Rock public house at the top of Pier Bank.
Several cafes and restaurants are to be found in Tynemouth village, at the top of Pier Road. Including various pubs, sandwich shops and a fish and chip shop.
Lloyds Bank and Barclays Bank both have branches in Tynemouth. Barclays, on the North side of Front Street, has a free to use cash dispenser. Lloyds Bank has no cash dispensing facility. The Co-op supermarket on the South side of Front Street also has a free to use cash dispenser.
The full address of the Brigade Watch House is as follows:
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tyne & Wear
The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade. Registered Charity Number 1093237
© T.V.L.B. 2013