Bank Holiday closures
Council-run libraries (Birtley, Blaydon, Central, Chopwell, Crawcrook, Leam Lane, Pelaw and Wrekenton) will close on Saturday 24 August and Monday 26 August for the August Bank Holiday and open as usual otherwise. For information on volunteer-run library closing, please contact your library directly.

St Mary's Heritage Centre

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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

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

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.

Change to opening hours

Due to private hire and events, there are some changes to our opening hours this month.

The Centre is closing to the public at 1pm on:

Saturday 3 August

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, closed

Free entry

Please note the centre may close at times for special events. Please check before travelling. 

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