The Old Low Light

The Old Low Light, Clifford’s Fort North Shields Fish Quay,
Tyne and Wear, NE30 1JE, United Kingdom

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Admission Fee

Admission £4.00 per adult
Children under 16 years of age free

(Become an Old Low Light member and you can visit the galleries free all year round!)

How to get here


There are many routes available to walkers.

From North Shields you can walk down to the Fish Quay via Borough Road or Lower Bedford Street. You can also walk down Howard Street and along the bank top to enjoy panoramic views as you head towards the river mouth, reaching the Fish Quay via one of the many steep staircases or via Brewhouse Bank.

From Tynemouth, the main route is via Tanners Bank, or you can take the scenic route along the promenade beneath Collingwood’s Monument which brings you to Clifford’s Fort.

The Fish Quay lies beneath steep river banks so there is no easy route but wherever you are headed from, there are signposts directing you there. When you arrive, look out for the Old Low Light, the large old building with its distinctive three chimney stacks standing within Clifford’s Fort.


There are regular bus services to North Shields Fish Quay. For more information go to


The nearest Metro stations to North Shields Fish Quay are in North Shields town centre and Tynemouth. Both are about 15 minutes walking distance from the Old Low Light Heritage Centre and are quite steep. The Fish Quay is well signposted from both North Shields town centre and Tynemouth.

If you are coming from south of the Tyne, intending to travel by ferry, South Shields Metro Station is about a five-minute walk from the South Shields ferry landing.

For further information on Metro trains and timetables, go to


If you are coming from across the river, you can travel by ferry from South Shields. The service is frequent and takes only seven minutes from South Shields to North Shields Fish Quay. For more information about the ferry service go to

When you leave the ferry landing at North Shields walk, turn right, following the walk along the quayside for about ten minutes past restaurants, pubs, cafes and a fresh fish shop. When you reach The Staith House restaurant on the right hand side of the road and the Waterfront fish and chip shop and restaurant on the left hand side, look to the right and there is a walkway to Clifford’s Fort, which takes you to the Old Low Light.


From the A19 (Tyne Tunnel road) follow the A193 towards North Shields. At the first roundabout turn right and at the second turn left onto the A187 past Royal Quays and the Parks Leisure Centre to continue into the western end of North Shields.

At the traffic lights turn right down Borough Bank and left at the bottom of the hill to follow the riverside. Continue until you see the Staith House on your right, where a right turn will take you to a large and free car park facing the river mouth.

For other directions, please refer to the walking routes above.

Parking is restricted all along the Fish Quay. There are parking areas but at busy times these can quickly become full.

Access Guide

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