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St Mary's Heritage Centre

Gateshead Heritage Centre at St Marys
St Mary's Heritage Centre

Bringing the Past Alive!

St. Mary's Heritage Centre is a unique and innovative visitor attraction incorporating libraries, arts and heritage in one venue.  Sitting high above the River Tyne close to The Sage Gateshead, the centre opened on the 16th December 2008 following a £1.2m transformation, funded by Gateshead Council, the European Regional Development fund and the heritage lottery fund.

The interior of the Grade 1-listed church has been completely stripped out to return it as far as possible to its former state, and is open to the public with a programme of exhibitions and activities including a family history section focusing on the church and the nearby area.

St. Mary's Heritage Centre welcomes visitors to learn the history of Gateshead, and provides a spectacular venue for events, family history research and educational activities.

  • A series of display panels tells the fascinating story of Gateshead from its early days as a Roman settlement to modern times.
  • With historical records and documents, photographs and maps the Heritage Centre is the perfect place to explore your family history.  Experienced and knowledgeable staff are available to help with all your enquiries.
  • The education space for learners of all ages has a large range of resource materials and regular local and family history classes are held throughout the year.
  • A wide range of activities are offered regularly, ranging from local history talks and guided heritage walks to unique concert event.

Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am 4pm
Sunday & Monday Closed  


The car park and interior of the Heritage Centre is fully accessible for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs.

The graveyard is not fully accessible.

Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are available.


To find out more about regular activities and forthcoming events and to book tickets online please go to our Box Office at

Contact Us

St Mary's Church
Tel: 0191 433 4699