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St Mary's Heritage Centre

SMHC LogoSt. 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 16 December 2008 following a £1.2m transformation, funded by Gateshead Council, the European Regional Development fund and the heritage lottery fund.

StMarysmain spaceThe 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.

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With historical records and documents relating to St Mary’s Church, and a selection of photographs and maps of Gateshead, the Heritage Centre is the perfect place to explore your family history. Experienced and knowledgeable staff are available to help with all your enquiries.

A wide range of activities are offered regularly, including children’s activities, concerts and performances, local history talks and coffee mornings. 

To find out more about forthcoming events and to book tickets online please go to

Opening hours

As opening hours are subject to change due to private venue hire we recommend that you contact us prior to your visit.

Christmas and New Year opening hours

  • Tuesday 19 – Wednesday 20 December open as normal 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday 21 December open to the public 10am – 4pm
    Please note, due to ongoing set up for our Winter Festival performance, some areas of the building will be inaccessible and some displays not on show.
  • Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December open to the public 10am – 4pm
    Entry from 1 – 2pm is for ticket holders only for the afternoon performance. Doors open at 5.45pm for ticket holders for the evening performance.
  • Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 December closed
  • Wednesday 27 – Sat 30 December open as normal 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 31 December and Monday 1 January closed
  • Tuesday 2 January resume normal opening hours

Normal opening hours

 DaysOpens Closes 
Tuesday - Saturday 10am  4pm 
 Sunday and Monday Closed  

Access and parking


St Mary’s Heritage Centre is approximately a 10 minute walk from Gateshead Transport Interchange.

Public Transport

Quaylink buses run up to every 10 minutes during the day and stop directly outside the gates of St Mary’s. Visit for details.


A small number of parking spaces are available for building users with further parking available at other sites nearby.


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 are available

Contact us

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Phone: 0191 433 4699

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