Owned by the Duke of Northumberland, and initially built as a summer residence in 1872 for the Duchess, it was converted to a hotel in 1877. Throughout its chequered past the Grand Hotel has always been regarded as the most luxurious hotel in the area with one of its` main attractions being the opulent sweeping staircase reminiscent of the Victorian period when such grand buildings officiated balls for the aristocracy.
Of all its Managers, of which there have been quite a selection, by far the best known was Thomas Tickle who came to the Grand Hotel in the late 1890`s and on one occasion was responsible for running both the Grand and the Bath Hotel in nearby Tynemouth Village. He was a highly respected manager, the customers liked him and it was obvious he enjoyed his job because he died whilst playing billiards in the hotel with one of the locals.
The Victorian period helped make Tynemouth village popular, with tourists flocking to this small seaside resort, keen to indulge in its delightful climate and explore its natural beauty. Tynemouth was, for a time, a spa town. When In 1912 it was recorded that the death rate in Tynemouth was the lowest in the kingdom as a result of its spa waters, such news was greeted with an influx of visitors.