Things to see and do
Saltwell Park covers 55 acres and has everything visitors would expect and more.
In the heart of the park is the superb Gothic mansion sympathetically restored to its former Victorian glory to provide a well-equipped visitor centre, tearoom and public toilets. Find out more about what Saltwell Towers has to offer.
For the family
There's lots of things to see and do for the family. As well as our magical dene and large picnic area, the park is also home to two play areas (suitable for toddlers upwards), Pet's Corner with its two aviaries and rabbits and guinea pigs and the William Wailes maze.
For the active
From jogging and walking routes through to three bowling greens and tennis and basketball courts, there's lots of ways to get active in the park all year round. Walkers are spoilt for choice with many different routes around the park and a free health walk every Tuesday. There's also a dedicated dog walking enclosure.
Saltwell Park is a great spot for horticulture lovers with flowers for every season. Blossoming French Marigolds, Roses and Phlomis in spring and summer, charming Sedum in autumn, and magical Silverdust in winter. Both the rose garden and the dene offer peaceful havens at the heart of the park.
For nature lovers
Birds have always been important to Saltwell Park. For generations families have gathered at the lake for the enjoyment of feeding the ducks. Over 70 species of birds have been recorded in the Park - ranging from wildfowl like large mute swans, Canada and barnacle geese to resident birds include blackbirds, blue tits and robins.
For art lovers
Saltwell Park is also home to a number of sculptures placed around the park. You can read more about each of our sculptures on our Public Art page.
Saltwell Tower has its very own tearoom for you to enjoy. Serving hot and cold drinks plus delicious snacks, such as sandwiches, homemade cakes, pastries and biscuits, it's a great place to relax on the terrace.
The lake is a refuge for wildlife. In the summer, the lake comes alive with pedalos, rowing boats and inflatables available to hire. The park also has its own model boat club which meets every Saturday and Sunday mornings as well as Wednesday from noon in the summer. Saltwell Park Model Boat Club
Tyne Bridge replica
Our award winning Chelsea Flower show exhibit of 2010 was installed in the park to leave a lasting legacy. Sponsored by Nova and Northumbrian Water in 2010, the exhibit was designed by Alan J Smith of Redbox Design Group to celebrate the town's involvement in the Great North Run.
Park: 7am to 9pm
Towers and tearoom: 9am to 5pm
East Park Road
Free entry. Free parking.