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St Mary's Heritage Centre reopening

St Mary's Heritage Centre is reopening to the public from Wednesday 9 September, with reduced services and opening hours.

Temporary opening hours
Wednesday to Friday: 10am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Sunday to Tuesday: Closed

Read more about the centre's opening and visitor information.

St Mary's Heritage Centre logoThings to see and do

St Mary's Heritage Centre is a unique visitor attraction. You are free to wander and take in the historic surroundings of our medieval, grade one-listed building, formerly the parish church for Gateshead.

Highlights of the building include:

  • displays about the history of Gateshead from its early days as a Roman settlement to modern times
  • family history records for St Mary's Heritage Centre. Local history resources including historic maps and images
  • a heritage bookshop selling hundreds of local history books about Gateshead and the North East
  • tea, coffee and soft drinks are available to purchase

St Mary's Heritage Centre
The historic St Mary's Heritage Centre

A wide range of activities are offered regularly, including: 

  • local history talks, tours and workshops
  • concerts and performances
  • exhibitions  
  • children's activities

You find out more about forthcoming events and book tickets at

Opening Hours

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm

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 Heritage Centre. You can find more details at the Simply Go website.


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 St Mary's Heritage Centre is fully accessible for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs.

The graveyard is not fully accessible.

Disabled toilets and baby changing are available.

Opening hours
Wednesday to Friday: 10am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Sunday to Tuesday: Closed

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