Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park, Witney W
Boldon, EN NE35 9PE
Phone: (44) 191 5191999
Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Outlet shopping located just outside the International Ferry Terminal at North Shields and two minutes drive from the Tyne Tunnel. Created to cater for the increasingly busy tourist routes into the UK from Scandinavia, Holland, and Germany, as well as for locals, Royal Quays is a well-planned shopping environment with 40 or so shops, family restaurant, French style cafe and children's play area. Clothing and household wares shops are prominent. All outlets promise significant reductions on branded goods, and good bargains can be found especially in designer clothing. Despite apparently ample, free car parking, Royal Quays can be exceptionally busy at Ferry arrival/departure times. Make a day of it by also visiting the Wet n Wild water park which is just opposite the shops.
Pop Recs Ltd is the brainchild of Frankie & the Heartstrings, a local band. Opened in 2013 in the former Sunderland Tourist Office, it is a record shop, music venue, coffee shop and gallery. Decked up with black and white posters, it has an inviting look where you can browse for records or enjoy a cuppa. Their concerts are reasonably priced as well. Some of their previous listings are Emperor Yes, Losers, Blossoms and Gulp.
In a converted church in the busy Front Street area of Tynemouth Village, The Land of Green Ginger is a warren of small shop units, huddling together on two floors to make best use of the limited available space. There are antique and curio shops, a clothes shop, an aroma therapy and candle store, a stained glass maker, whom you can watch making her wares before you buy them, a very good second hand book shop, which carries a remarkable range of hard and paperback books on a variety of subjects, and a cafe. If you like quaint old shopping centers, with rickety wooden stairs you will be right at home here. Note that the steep stairs make access difficult for those with limited mobility.
The Quayside Market a centuries old market (no-one seems quite sure exactly when it first started) held on the historical Quayside, beneath the Tyne Bridge, is a popular Sunday destination for locals and tourists alike. Some simply come to browse or stroll by the riverfront but there is many a bargain to be found amongst the Quayside market's 200 diverse stalls selling clothes, books, pictures, CDs and much more. There are plenty of food stalls if you are peckish and plenty of pubs if you are thirsty some of which open early to serve breakfast.
Opened in 1907, this small but very high quality book shop deals in vintage, first-run, and rare books. Robert D. Steedman's is not the place to look for the new Michael Crichton or Jackie Collins novel, but is a great place of pilgrimage for ardent bibliophiles and serious collectors. Prices can range from under GBP10 up to several thousand pounds.
Bargain hunters and funky soul divas alike will love this store. Tastefully decorated with the heart logo, Miss Selfridge sells everything for the girl who likes to keep up with the fashions on the catwalks at a fraction of haute couture prices. Sizes generally range from 8 to 16 and there is also a petite range that has size 6 clothes. The store also sells shoes, bags, jewelery, make up, hats, cushions, and even pencil cases. Any girl who knows where she is at - is at Miss Selfridge. There is another branch of this store at the Metro Centre.
Leaf is a compact but friendly shop which stocks a few basic and classic pieces for men and women-mainly coats, jumpers, trousers, and shoes. It also has a denim range and a selection of hand-made jewelery and ladies scarves. Offering an excellent choice of good quality outerwear, this shop has prices which are reasonable-by no means the cheapest in the High Street, but not the most expensive either.
Maplin Electronics stocks a large range of electrical and electronic goods, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications products, security and surveillance devices, audio and video gear, satellite navigation equipment, and much more. As well as the hardware there is also a range of tools, meters, components, cables and wires for those who feel capable of making or mending their own equipment. Specialist staff are always on hand to offer good advice and guidance.
Breeze is an exclusive shoe shop selling only the best quality leather goods such as hand crafted shoes and boots for men and women, belts, wallets, purses, and bags. Such well-known names as Portside, Jimmy Bee, Rockport, and Red Goose are represented. Window shopping is fine, but you should only bother going into this shop if you are prepared to spend a lot, as the prices are quite steep, but you pay for quality and that is what you get from Breeze.
This elegant shop dealing in designer clothing for men is in a little sidestreet not far from the main shopping thoroughfares, but if names like Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabana, and Replay make you lick your lips, then the place is worth looking for. Once through the door you climb straight up a flight of stairs to the shop itself. It is not particularly large, but it concentrates on quality rather than quantity. Clothes are mostly at the casual end of the spectrum. Prices reflect the kind of designer labels sold. The stairs make access difficult for anyone with mobility problems.
Tucked away down the alley between Grey Street and the Bigg Market, Ride is a generously proportioned store, stocked up with everything beach and wave based. Whether you are an active surfer, or someone who just appreciates the fashions, this shop will have something to whet your appetite. Being one of the biggest shops of its kind in the city, you are spoiled for choice. All of the well known names in the field are stocked: Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Reef, and many more besides. Men's and women's clothing, shoes, hats, wallets, and watches (waterproof, of course) are all here for the picking.
This is an up to the minute clothing store for young men and women. If you are a person who knows what Duffer, Hard Yakka, and Diesel labels represent then get yourself to Union fast. The shop sells fashionable casual wear and clubbing gear at good prices. The range available is fairly small, but high quality, and definitely worth a look for teenagers and early 20s. If your thing is surfing gear, logo t-shirts, baggy trousers, or hooded sweaters, then look no further. You can also accessories with sunglasses, hats, and more. There is another Union shop in nearby High Bridge.