North Shields is on the north bank of the River Tyne and is a working fishing port. A visit is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours. The Fish Quay has an array of culinary delights with lots of good restaurants to choose from. There is also the option to eat al fresco with fresh fish and chips, while sitting and overlooking the Tyne, watching the vessels pass by. The Old Low Light, once used as a means for navigating ships back into the Tyne, is now a facility run by volunteers celebrating the history and heritage of the area. It features a museum, shop, café, event space and viewing platform. Royal Quays is built on the site of former docks, home to the North Shields International Ferry Terminal, outlet shopping, bowling and family activity centre.