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St Mary's Heritage Centre

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


A wide range of activities are offered regularly, including: 

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

If you would like to book tickets for an event at St Mary's, please go to or call 0191 433 8420.

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 Go North East 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

December 2022

Sunday/Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 4pm

Friday 23 November: CLOSED

Saturday 24 November: CLOSED

Tuesday 27 December: CLOSED

Wednesday 28 December: CLOSED

Thursday 29 December: CLOSED

Friday 30 December: CLOSED

Saturday 31 December: CLOSED

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