Jesmond Dene is a unique haven of peace and tranquility 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, café and toilets. This part of the Dene also has a large picnic area and a ‘Pet’s Corner’.
Jesmond Dene is home to Pets Corner. The popular attraction opened in the 1960s and continues to delight families with young children. Next door you will find the Visitor Centre which includes a gift shop, café, classroom, toilets and meetings space. There is a play area next to Pets Corner, designed and built as part of the Ouseburn Parks Lottery Project in 2011.
Please do not bring food for the animals, they are on specially designed diets.
Please note we are not able to accept any animals for re homing.
The excellent network of paths, connecting Jesmond Dene to neighbouring Ouseburn parks makes Jesmond Dene popular with dog walkers, runners and walkers looking to get away from it all.
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 café open on weekends and holidays. The area can be reached along Freeman Road.
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Map & Directions
Public Transport Directions
From Haymarket bus stationBuses 305, 306, 307 and 308. Get off at Cradlewell/Jesmond Road, next to a stone wall, and just before the road tunnel. Walk downhill and bear off left at the turn, and you’ll come to Armstrong Bridge.From the Monument, John Dobson Street or the West end of NewcastleBus number 38. Get off either at Jesmond Road (as above, for the South end of the Dene and Armstrong Bridge), or stay on until Freeman Hospital (for Paddy Freeman’s).BY METROA bit more of a walk, this one. You’re better off with the bus, but the North end of Jesmond Dene is about 15 minutes walk from South Gosforth Metro. Go down the hill, across to the second of the double roundabouts, then turn right up the hill. You can either continue to Paddy Freeman’s at the top, or turn right about half way up down a path