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Things to see and do

A podcast about Saltwell Park

A group of our Art Diamonds recorded a podcast about Saltwell Park. During the podcast, they shared funny and touching written pieces about various parts of the park that were written by writer Susan Mulholland.

Listen to the Saltwell Park podcast on SoundCloud (opens new window)

Saltwell Park covers 55 acres and has everything visitors would expect and more.

Saltwell Towers exterior
 Saltwell Towers

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 Japanese garden
 For gardeners

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.

Saltwell Park dene
 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.

a hive being held by a bee keeper
 For beekeepers and enthusiasts 

Tyneside Beekeepers Association (TBKA) offer advice and training on beekeeping, gardening for honeybees and pollinators and much more! 

Saltwell Park sculpture
 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 Towers cafe

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.

Saltwell boating lake
 Boating lake

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 (opens new window)

Opening times

Open daily. 

Park: Dawn to dusk

Towers and tearoom: 9am to 3pm. Open to sit in or take away. Dogs are welcome inside the Towers café.

Prism Coffee in the Almond Pavillion is open Tuesday to Sunday, 8am to 4pm.

Visit us

East Park Road

Free entry. Free parking.