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. The building underwent a major restoration during 2014 which was funded by a partnership with North Tyneside Council and a major grant from the Heritage lottery Fund.

The Museum is free to visit. Visitors are invited to come to the Watch House between the hours of Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00h to 15.00h (last admittance 2.30pm) & Sunday - 10.00h to 12.00h when our volunteer Cath will be on hand. If the museum is closed on your arrival, please follow the instructions outside the door to gain entry.

Group visits and tours can be arranged via contacting the Brigade's Education Officer, Ms Sam Levy - Please e-mail for further details.

How To Find The Museum

Public Transport
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.

Go North East
Services 1, 2 (provided by 'Coaster'), 75, 76, 85 and 86 (provided by 'Centurion')all stop by King's School, Tynemouth, when coast-bound. Once leaving the bus head East onto Tynemouth Front Street and walk towards the Priory. Once at the Priory go down Pier Road, over the bridge and then bear left up the hill; the Watch House is on your right. The same Go-Ahead services stop opposite Priory Primary School when heading into North Shields. If you get off hear, head south towards Tynemouth Front Street, and then follow the same instructions as above. For further information on Go-Ahead routes, please click HERE.

By Car:
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 (pay and display at certain times) and in the Blockyard (free to use), 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.

Toilet Facilities:
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 has a branch in Tynemouth situated opposite the Land of Green Ginger. Lloyds Bank has no cash dispensing facility but, the Co-op supermarket on the South side of Front Street also has a free to use cash dispenser and there is also one opposite Priory School outside Priory Newsagents.

The full address of the Brigade Watch House is as follows:

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Spanish Battery
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE30 4DD

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade. Registered Charity Number 1093237

T.V.L.B. 2015