What is Jesmond Dene Park?
Right in the heart of Newcastle, Jesmond Dene is a haven for nature lovers. The park is a popular spot for picnics, dog walks and family days out. Surrounded by Jesmond Dene’s woodlands and wildlife, it’s easy to forget you’re in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.
What Can I Do at Jesmond Dene?
Take a long, slow stroll
Whether you’re a lone walker, dog walker or wheelchair user, Jesmond Dene is the perfect place for a nice long stroll. Take the paths along the river, cross the bridges and find the Dene’s well-known waterfall. I.e. don’t listen to T.L.C – go chasing waterfalls!
On your adventures, you’ll also run into some intriguing ruins and old buildings. One of which will be the 14th century water mill, located right next to the waterfall. You’ll also be able to view Jesmond Dene’s fascinating banqueting hall.
If you want to explore on your own terms, the Friends of Jesmond Dene have put together 2 route maps to follow. However, if you wish to be shown around by a friendly local, they do offer guided tours!
Pop in to Pets Corner, Play and Picnic with your Little Ones!
This one is a favourite for Jesmond Dene’s younger visitors. Pets Corner hosts a plethora of wonderful animals! This includes goats, sheep, fantastically coloured birds and even, pot-bellied pigs!
There’s also a wonderful play park for under 8’s right next to Pet’s Corner. As well as picnic benches. So, you and your little ones can play and picnic with some homemade goods.
FYI: If you’re looking for Pet’s Corner on your visit to the Dene, it’s right next to the Visitor Centre.
Grab some Grub from Jesmond Dene’s cafe
Or, you can grab a bite from the nearby cafe, park on a picnic bench and sit in the sun. If you’re in Pet’s Corner and next to the Visitor Centre, you can’t miss the Cafe. Have a browse of their menu here. See what you might fancy on your trip to the Dene.
Did we mention there’s normally an Ice Cream truck right outside the Visitor Centre? Eric’s is a 99 with a flake, please and thank you!
Tour the Dene with your Toddler on the Thomas Train
Choo Choo! You and your little one can board the Thomas Train from the picnic table and play area. Tour Jesmond Dene Thomas style and tell everyone “it’s for the kids, really”. It’s an excellent little addition to the park in the summer months. Plus, there’s no need to book. Although, there is a small charge of a couple of pounds.
Play a game of family footy or rounders on the picnic field
The play park definitely isn’t the only place to picnic in Jesmond Dene. Located next to the waterfall, the picnic field provides a large space for family snacking and sarnies! There’s also plenty of room for a family game of footy or rounders. As well as opportunities for tree climbing! If you’re game.
Take in an open-air show
Big fan of the theatre? Well, there’s good news. Jesmond Dene regularly hosts open-air performances in the summer months. So, if you’re looking to get your theatre fill… look no further. View Jesmond Dene’s calendar to stay up-to-date with the latest performances.
- There are public toilets in the Jesmond Dene visitor centre. This includes an accessible toilet. Although the toilets are only open Monday-Friday 11:00-15:00 at the moment.
- You can find toilets next to the picnic field. But, please note, these toilets aren’t accessible.
- Some paths are unsuitable for wheelchair users. However, Jesmond Dene has a really good network of paths that offer wheelchair and pushchair accessible walking routes. Especially near the river!
- There are disabled parking bays located close to the visitor centre. Just use the postcode NE7 7BQ.
- Parking is free but we recommend you check signs and time restrictions nearby.
- If you’re parking near the visitor centre, there’s level access into Jesmond Dene Park.
- The cafe and visitor centre have automatic doors for entry.
- There is level access into Pets Corner. Yey for accessible goats!
Looking for more nature walks near Newcastle? Or walks that are accessible and pushchair friendly? Try Derwentaugh Park! This Country Park has accessible routes, plenty of wildlife and a cosy cafe where you can get grub & a hot drink. Plus, it’s not for off the A1 motorway!
Or, are you looking for a park where you can picnic and have family fun near Newcastle? Have a gander at Gateshead’s Saltwell Park. There’s kids play areas, big fields for picnics, and a lake where little ones can feed the duckies!