Nestled in the heart of Gateshead, Saltwell Park is one of Britain’s finest examples of a Victorian park and a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy.
Its historical and peaceful grounds have earned many awards such as Green Flag and Britain’s Best Park. Relax and unwind in the beautiful green space; bring the family to enjoy facilities including play areas, a maze and pets’ corner; get active with our walking and jogging routes as well as bowling greens, tennis and basketball facilities or simply enjoy lunch and a hot drink in the stunning surroundings of Saltwell Towers.
Saltwell Park was declared as ‘The People’s Choice’ in 2018 for the second year in a row. The award by Keep Britain Tidy followed a public vote and makes Saltwell Park among the top 10 in the country – and the only park in the north of England to hold this award.
There are lots of things to see and do for the family. As well as the magical dene and large picnic area, the park is also home to two play areas (suitable for toddlers upwards), Pet’s Corner with its two aviaries and rabbits and guinea pigs and the William Wailes maze.
From jogging and walking routes through to three bowling greens and tennis and basketball courts, there are lots of ways to get active in the park all year round. Walkers are spoilt for choice with many different routes around the park and a free health walk every Tuesday. There’s also a dedicated dog walking enclosure.
Saltwell Park is a great spot for horticulture lovers with flowers for every season. Blossoming French Marigolds, Roses and Phlomis in spring and summer, charming Sedum in autumn, and magical Silverdust in winter. Both the rose garden and the dene offer peaceful havens at the heart of the park.
Birds have always been important to Saltwell Park. For generations, families have gathered at the lake for the enjoyment of feeding the ducks. Over 70 species of birds have been recorded in the Park – ranging from wildfowl like large mute swans, Canada and barnacle geese to resident birds include blackbirds, blue tits and robins. The lake is a refuge for wildlife. In the summer, the lake comes alive with pedalos, rowing boats and inflatables available to hire. The park also has its own model boat club which meets every Saturday and Sunday mornings as well as Wednesday from noon in the summer
Park: 07:00 – 19:30
Towers & Tearooms: 09:00 – 17:00