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Visitor Centres


Thornley Woodlands Centre

Thornley Woods Inside

Lockhaugh Road, Rowlands Gill, NE39 1AU. 

Phone: 01207 545 212

2017 Opening times:
10am-3pm Monday to Friday
10am-3.30pm Saturday and Sunday

Volunteer Countryside Rangers at the visitor centre will be able to provide information on the Derwent Walk and Gateshead's countryside, as well as drinks when the cafe is not open.

The Cafe in Thornley Woods

The cafe serves delicious local produce and seasonal food, including healthy homemade soups, toasties, and hot and cold drinks.


Swalwell Visitor Centre

Hexham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 3BN.

Phone: 0191 414 2106

Located on the B6317 beside Blaydon Rugby Club. 
There is a bus stop at the start of the access road to the Centre.

Opening times:
Daily 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday, or dusk if earlier.

Please be aware that from 29 April the visitor centre will no longer open on weekends.

Closed between Christmas and New Year and Bank Holidays.

The Centre is not manned during opening hours. Facilities includes visitor information, some leaflets, toilets and parking.