Jesmond Dene

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Jesmond Dene is a unique haven of peace and tranquillity 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.

Jesmond Dene provides strong historical links with 19th Century industrial development and landscape design Lord Armstrong's influence being very apparent. There is also a large network of paths and bridges throughout.

Near the entrance of Jesmond Dene, just off the Coast Road is Millfield House. This provides a range of activities including a Ranger Service Information Room, Conference Centre, cafe and toilets. This part of the Dene also has a large picnic area and a Pets Corner.

A Visitor Centre can be found in Jesmond Dene which is the base for the Parks Manager, Information Officer, Rangers and Education and Interpretation Officer. The visitors centre includes an exhibition space, classroom and offices. Adjacent to the Visitors Centre is Millfield House cafe and toilets.

Please do not bring food for the animals at Pets Corner, as they are on specially designed diets.

Limited parking is available but alternatively there are good public transport links, many buses stopping at the Cradlewell on the Coast Road (A1058).

Other facilities in Jesmond Dene include Paddy Freemans boating lake, which also has a play area, toilets and a cafe open on weekends and holidays. The area can be reached along Freeman Road.

Things to do at Jesmond Dene

  • Stroll over the many bridges and follow the river to the waterfall
  • Pet's Corner (free to enter)
  • Large open spaces for picnics and play
  • Children's Playground
  • Cafe
  • Visitor Centre
  • Theatre fans can book to see a host of open-air performances which typically take place in Jesmond Dene each summer
  • Public toilets at Jesmond Dene Visitor Centre are now open to members of the public. These toilets open Monday-Friday 11:00-15:00, on a strict one in, one out basis.

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Public toilets at Jesmond Dene Visitor Centre are now open to members of the public. These toilets open Monday-Friday 11:00-15:00, on a strict one in, one out basis.

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