Saltwell Park

Opening hours
Park: From dawn until dusk throughout the year including all public holidays.

Saltwell Towers:
Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm and Sun 10am-5pm until 31 October.
Then from 1 November until Good Friday, Mon-Sun 11am-3pm.

Saltwell ParkSaltwell Park
East Park Road
Tyne and Wear

Tel: 0191 4335900
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The award winning Victorian park located  just off Durham road in Gateshead covers 55 acres and attracts over 2 million people a year. The park features landscaped gardens, woodlands, boating lake, ornamental gardens, children's pay areas, rose garden, a maze, Saltwell towers and a small selection of animals including chipmunks, a variety of birds including Peacocks and rabbits in the animal corner.

The park has been restored to its former Victorian glory thanks to £10 million from the Heritage lottery fund and Gateshead Council. It was 1st opened in 1876 and named the peoples park a place where people could take there families for an day out and relax. The park even supplied clean drinking water reflecting the concerns with health of the people within the borough.

The estate original belonged to William Wailes the owner one of the largest stained glass workshops in the UK. William  purchased Saltwell Estate in 1860 and built an impressive mansion and completed extensive landscaping on the grounds within the estate. Business slowed down for William and in 1876 he had to sell the estate to Gateshead Corporation for £35,000 due to debts.  He was still allowed to live in his home until he died in 1881.

The park plays host to a range of events throughout the year including a great fireworks display on the 5th November, model boat club events, and the City of Sunderland Band are playing this year

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