Saltwell Park, Gateshead

Saltwell Park, Gateshead

Saltwell Park is in Gateshead, it’s about a 20 minute car ride from where we live. Until today it’d been a long time since I’d been so I wasn’t sure about what to expect. I’d also forgotten how big the grounds actually are! It’s an astounding 55 acres.

Saltwell Park opened in 1876 and is sometimes known as The People’s Park. It’s run by Gateshead Council and has won Britain’s best park in the past.
There’s plenty of free parking close by and even if you can’t get parked in the car park itself there are plenty of roadsides in close walking distance with my double yellow lines or permit signs.

We went for what was supposed to be a quick visit and a walk but because the park is so vast we were there for three hours without even realising.
There are so many things to see and do in the park including –

ornamental and woodland gardens

ride on train

a boating lake

a café and plenty of refreshment vans

pets corner

bowling greens

play areas

a maze

educational centre

dog exercise park

Saltwell Park is also home to Saltwell Towers, a stunning Gothic Mansion surrounded with gorgeous gardens. There’s a café in the building and you can sit outside on the terrace.
Although the park was busy when we visited it wasn’t rammed, we could get round with a pushchair easily and there was plenty of space to sit both on seats and grassed areas.
The landscape across the whole of the park is stunning. There’s an array of beautiful flowers and greenery and if you look carefully you can see the wildlife.
How stunning is the squirrel?! I can’t believe I was able to get such a clear shot.
I absolutely love Saltwell Park and our visit was lovely. The gardens and grounds are beautiful and surprisingly peaceful even when it’s busy.
I’m also impressed that the car parking is completely free and you don’t have to pay anything to get into any parts of the park.
We’ll definitely be returning to the park when the Little Man is older, I think it’s the perfect place for learning to ride a bike, and running away from Mammy and Daddy.


  1. 27th May 2014 / 10:43 pm

    lovley blog hunny keep up the good work x love how sharp the photos are x you look like you had a wonderful time xx
    heres my blog x

  2. 28th May 2014 / 11:09 pm

    that is a pretty park! wouldnt mind visiting it

  3. 4th November 2014 / 4:54 pm

    I can't believe I've never been to Saltwell park – I keep reading amazing reviews. We did set off to go once but ended up getting lost 🙁 I really do need to make to the effort to visit again though. Your photograph's are lovely! Thanks for linking #LoveNorthEast

  4. 6th November 2014 / 9:44 pm

    We took our little one in the summer and it was beautiful. It's not somewhere we go often, although their firework displays are normally fab – a day too late now though!

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