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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

Events

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 Gatesheadlibraries.eventbrite.com or call 0191 433 8420.

Access and parking

Walking

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.

Parking

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

Accessibility

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

August opening hours

Tuesday to Friday - Open 10am to 4pm
Sunday to Monday - Closed

Saturday 6 August - 10am to 1pm
Friday 12 August - 10am to 3pm
Saturday 13 August - 10am to 1pm
Saturday 20 August - 10am to 1pm
Saturday 27 August - Closed

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