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Important update

St Mary's Heritage Centre is no longer taking private hire bookings including wedding receptions, meetings and conferences. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment this may cause.

All existing bookings are taking place, and those hire clients have been informed. All events currently advertised on Eventbrite and in the Gateshead Live programme are also going ahead.

There will be further announcements in due course regarding the centre's opening hours and activities.

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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 4699.

Access and parking


St Mary's Heritage Centre is approximately a 10 minute walk from Gateshead Transport Interchange.

Public transport

 Go North East website (opens new window)


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

Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm

Saturday 6 May 10am – 1pm
Saturday 13 May 10am – 4pm
Saturday 20 May 10am – 4pm
Saturday 27 May CLOSED

Sunday/Monday CLOSED

Opening hours are subject to change due to private events. Please check for updates before travelling.