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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.

St Mary's Graveyard
Thanks to a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have
been able to digitise a two-volumed book of graveyard epitaphs taken from St Mary's Gateshead by Edwin Dodds, a local family historian and bookbinder in 1907. It is especially valuable, because many of the stones have since disappeared. As well as providing us with photographs of some of the gravestones and interior and exterior images of St Mary's Church, extra information compiled by Edwin Dodds has been included, providing a valuable resource to local and family historians. You can download and search Dodds Volume 1 and Dodds Volume 2 by following the links to the right of the page. Please note file sizes are large so download speeds may vary.


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
Thu Mar 23, 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

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

Keep the Home Fires Burning

Keep the Home Fires Burning

10:00 Wed Mar 22, 2017 - Wed Apr 19, 2017
Five week course @ St Mary’s.....

Keep the Home Fires Burning



Family History Surgeries @ St Mary's
For help with your research...
External sites
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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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