St. Mary's Heritage Centre

St Mary's Church and Graveyard
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St. Mary's Church, which sits high above the River Tyne close to The Sage Gateshead, reopened on the 16th December 2008 following a £1.2m transformation, funded by Gateshead Council, the European Regional Development fund and the heritage lottery fund, into Tyneside's newest visitor attraction.

The interior of the Grade 1-listed church has been completely stripped out to return it as far as possible to its former state, and is now open to the public with a programme of exhibitions and activities including a new family history section focusing on the church and the nearby area.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Tues-Sun 10.00-16.00
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-16.00

Closed: Monday's except Bank Holidays

Admission charges


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St Mary's Pageant

  • 14 May 2016 6-11pm

At the St Mary’s Pageant, the historic characters of St Mary’s are miraculously returned to life. Meet Barbara Coulson the work worn church cleaner, Mrs Prest, the Vicar’s wife and sanctimonious Bishop Walcher - put to death by the people of Gateshead in 1080. We also have Russ Coleman demonstrating the art of the master stone carver – have a go yourself.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


St. Mary's Heritage Centre
St Mary's Church
Tyne and Wear

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0191 433 4699

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