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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.

Hours over Christmas and New Year

Tues 19th – Sat 23rd Dec: Open 10am – 4pm

Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd Dec: Winter Festival Matinee Performance 1pm
Winter Festival Evening Performance 6.30pm

Sun 24th Dec: Winter Festival Morning Performance 11am

Mon 25th – Tues 26th: Closed

Wed 27th – Sat 30th: Open 10am – 4pm

Sun 31st Dec & Mon 1st Jan: Closed

Tues 2nd Jan: Resume normal opening hours

What is there to see and do?

The interior of the medieval Grade 1-listed building 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, please visit Gateshead Council Box Office online and select St Mary's as the venue.

St Mary's Heritage Group

The building is supported by a fantastic group of volunteers who provide a programme of tours, talks, coffee mornings and other activities throughout the year. To find out more about membership of the group, volunteering your time or how to support in other ways please visit their website at


We have 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 organised 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



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