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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. Opening hours can be affected by special events and private functions: please contact us for up to date information or go to

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.


We have a fantastic local history bookshop, selling around 100 titles dedicated to the region’s history. We stock an extensive range of books about Gateshead, Newcastle and the surrounding areas, as well as a range of stationery, cards and local history prints. We also regularly host author events and book launches.


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


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. Click here for more details about sessions and costs.

Library Services

The Centre has a small collection of fiction books and junior fiction books to loan with your Gateshead Libraries ticket. We also have a small stock of local history reference titles. The Centre has two public computers and free WiFi.

Venue Hire

St Mary's makes a fantastic venue for private hire events and is regularly used for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, workshops, parties, business launches, formal dinners and more. For further information on venue hire click here.


A small selection of hot drinks and snacks are available to buy to help you make the most of your visit.

For more up to date details of all our events and activities, as well as updates to our opening hours, follow us on facebook.



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