Newcastle upon Tyne is an urban jungle of wonderfully crafted stone buildings and pebbled pavements, but if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there are a few very pleasant local parks to relax and enjoy.
Jesmond Dene is a unique resource for the people of Newcastle. It is a narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale. This provides an important wildlife corridor right into the centre of Newcastle.
There is a spectacular mix of native and exotic trees, and the Dene is home to a lot of wildlife, notably the Kingfisher, the Red Squirrel and many woodland birds. The Dene stretches for over three kilometres and has many areas of tranquillity, as well as ‘honey pots’ of activity.
Get further details about the history of Jesmond Dene by Parks & Gardens UK.
Admission to Jesmond Dene is free.
Leazes Park is a wonderful public park in the heart of Newcastle City Centre. It offers a retreat from the busy streets of the city centre with seats and grasses lawns throughout, which are surrounded with trees and shrubbery, that sit in the shadow of Newcastle United’s stadium (St James’ Park).
If you’re feeling a bit more active you can fish in the boating lake, take to the courts to play basketball or tennis. If you want something less physical, there’s also a bowls green with a popular club that plays throughout the summer.
Get further details about the history of Leazes Park by Parks & Gardens UK.
Admission to Leazes Park is free.
Exhibition Park is located in the heart of Newcastle and less than five minutes away from the A167. The park is the nice day out for any family in Newcastle.
The park has something for everyone from the swing park for the toddlers to the putting range for the parents, and large areas of open greenland where you can simply relax, read, or have a picnic. The park also offers disabled access, parking, Military Vehicle Museum, picnic areas, gardens, boating lake, refreshments and toilets.
Admission to Exhibition Park is free.
Rising Sun Country Park
Rising Sun Country Park is a beautiful 400 acre green oasis located in the heart of North Tyneside which has been awarded the Green Flag award in recognition of its qualities. It is about 20 minutes drive from Newcastle City Centre.
The wildlife within the Country Park is rich and diverse. The lake area is designated as a Local Nature Reserve. The habitats within the Park include grassland, woodland, pond, wetlands and a lake, there is a bird hide for keen bird watchers to use which overlooks the Swallow Pond.
Admission to the Rising Sun Country Park is free.
Saltwell Park has long been the place to go on sunny days for residents of Gateshead. Since it’s £10m regeneration a decade ago, the park has became rejuvenated and has become one of the most attractive public parks in the whole country– it was voted Britain’s Best Park in 2005.
The beautiful park attracts visitors to the woodland gardens, the children’s maze, large public fields for games and courts for basketball and tennis. A large playground, boating lake, bowling green, animal house, Victorian Saltwell Towers and much more, makes Saltwell Park a must for all the family.
Get further details about the history of Saltwell Park by Parks & Gardens UK.
Admission to Saltwell Park is free.