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St Mary's Heritage Centre

Welcome to St Mary's Heritage Centre
Welcome to St Mary's Heritage Centre

Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
FREE entry
T: 0191 433 4699

St Mary's is a unique visitor attraction welcoming adults, families and children, right next door to the Sage Gateshead on Gateshead’s Quayside. With the majestic Tyne Bridge as its backdrop, the centre is well served by public transport. There is a small car park for visitors with ample pay parking nearby.

Please check our News section for any changes to our regular opening hours, including bank holiday weekends, private hires, Christmas and staff training

What is there to see and do?

The interior of the medieval Grade 1-listed includes memorials to notable people of Gateshead, evidence of the Great Fire of Gateshead and early medieval grave covers and carvings. You are free to wander and take in one of the oldest buildings in the area.

Highlights of the centre include:

  • A series of display panels tells the fascinating story of Gateshead from its early days as a Roman settlement to modern times
  • Family history resources relating to the church which was the venue of all Church of England burials before 1811 and all baptisms and marriages before 1825
  • Find out about the History of Gateshead in the atmospheric medieval church and graveyard.


A wide range of events and activities from workshops and classes to local history talks, guided heritage walks, concerts and performances. For a full list of forthcoming events, check our EVENTS DIARY


Author events at St Mary's Bookshop Our bookshop is dedicated to the region’s history with an extensive range of books about Gateshead, Newcastle and the surrounding areas

As a local heritage site St Mary’s Heritage Centre also regularly welcomes school visits and organized visits of children and young people either discovering the Quayside or learning about local history. Visit our education pages for further details and costs.

Venue hire

St Mary's is available for private hire for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, workshops, parties, business launches, formal dinners and much more.

For further information on venue hire click HERE

Events this day
Wed Feb 22, 2017
Birdwatching .... in Gateshead

Birdwatching .... in Gateshead

09:00 Wed Feb 1, 2017 - Wed Apr 5, 2017
10 session course @ St Mary’s Heritage Centre

Birdwatching .... in Gateshead

Yoga with Samantha Coe

Yoga with Samantha Coe

14:00 Wed Feb 1, 2017 - Wed Mar 22, 2017
8 week course @ St Mary’s Heritage...

Yoga with Samantha Coe

Tales from the Tyne

Tales from the Tyne

10:00 Fri Feb 3, 2017 - Fri Mar 31, 2017
A Local History Exhibition @ St Mary’s ...

Tales from the Tyne

Photography Course

Photography Course

11:15 Wed Feb 15, 2017 - Wed Mar 22, 2017
Moving on with Phil Punton @ St Mary’s...

Photography Course



Family History Surgeries @ St Mary's
For help with your research...
External sites
Find us on Facebook
Follow St Mary’s Heritage Centre
Fingers & Thumbs
Thursday & Sunday Proggy Mat Making @ St Mary’s...
Local History Groups & Societies in Gateshead
Details & contact information...
Lunchtime Concerts
FREE! Last Friday of the month, at St Mary’s 12.30pm...
Readers' Groups
Come and join us...
Rhymetimes and Storytimes
Fun for under fives at your local library...
St Mary's Turns a Page
Bookshop opening at St Mary’s Heritage Centre...


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