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Rspb Saltholme

Come and explore the breathtaking, unexpected panoramic views of this huge wetland, burn off some energy in the adventure playground and enjoy lovely food in the cafe!


  • Welcome
    • Good for walkers
    • Good for school visits
    • Good for cyclists
  • Parking & transport
    • On site parking
    • Accessible by public transport
  • General
    • Toilets available
    • Restaurant/Tearoom/Cafe
    • Educational site


By train

The nearest railway station is in Middlesbrough, with trains from York, Whitby, Newcastle and Leeds. The connecting bus service to Saltholme is the Number 1 from Middlesbrough bus station.

By bus

The nearest bus stop is outside the entrance to Saltholme, on the Seaton Carew Road. The Number 1 stops here and is run by Stagecoach in Hartlepool. The other main stops include High Tunstall - Throston on Grange - Hartlepool Town Centre - Seaton Carew - Port Clarence - Middlesbrough Bus Station. During peak hours it runs every half hour, every day of the week.

By road

Saltholme is 10 minutes from the A19; turn east off the A19 north of Stockton along the A689. After half a mile, take the A1185; in 4 miles join the A178 at a mini roundabout and take the third exit. The reserve entrance is 250 metres on the right-hand side. From Middlesbrough centre, the site can be accessed via the Transporter Bridge (every 15 minutes weekdays 7 am-8 pm, Saturday 11 am-5.50 pm, Sunday 2 pm- 5.30 pm, cost £1.20 each way). Saltholme is 1.5 miles from the bridge along the A178 north from Port Clarence.

Other ways to get to the reserve

Saltholme is connected to the extensive network of cycleways around Stockton and Middlesbrough. There is a cycle track across the reserve to the visitor centre that is accessed through Port Clarence and is open during reserve opening hours. Cycle storage is available at the visitor centre.

Plan your journey

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Come and explore the breathtaking, state-of-the-art building with panoramic views of this huge wetland...

A brilliant café - just follow your nose for freshly-brewed coffee, gooey cakes and mouthwatering meals...

Three architect-designed hides to bring you closer to the oodles of wildlife that call this place home, including the striking wildlife watch point which overlooks one of the busiest pools.

Still wanting more? From early spring to mid-summer, all manner of plants and flowers will be in bloom in the walled wildlife garden, designed by celebrity gardener Chris Beardshaw.

Don't forget to stop by the fantastic adventure play area, with its wildlife-themed swings and things. For the active out there, hop on your bike and explore the far corners of the reserve on the cycleway.

No-one's going to tell you what to do or where to go. But, if you do want our help, you only have to ask. There's a gang of friendly, passionate, well-informed folk there, whose aim is to make sure you have a great time. A visit to Saltholme is exactly what you want it to be and no two visits will be the same.

Opening times: 1 April - 31 October

Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Opening times: 1 November - 31 March

Monday 10am-4pm
Tuesday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-4pm
Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Saltholme is open every day except Christmas Day

The cafe is open 10am-4pm regardless of season.

Entrance charges

£5 per car - but RSPB members get in free. Come by bike, public transport or on two feet and it won't cost you a penny - no matter how long you stay. If you're with the family and want to make the most of all that Saltholme has to offer, then pick up a family pass at reception. For just £12, two adults and up to three children can enjoy entry to Saltholme, hire of Wildlife Explorers backpacks, binoculars, hands on activities, seasonal trails and a drink in the cafe for each member of the group. Wow!

If you are new to birdwatching...

Saltholme's friendly staff and volunteers are here to help - if you want it. You'll be able to meet them in our wildlife hides. Our roving wardens will be out and about with cameras, looking for amazing sights which will be shown live in the café and shop area. So, you can enjoy watching wildlife at the same time as enjoying our scrumptious food! What could be better?

Information for families

Saltholme has everything to bring your family closer to nature. There’s adventure play, pond-dipping, boat-building and events and activities during every school holiday. Have a tea party with the mad hatter or ride-a-sheep on our sculpture trail. Discover Saltholme together and get face-to-face with all kinds of butterflies, ducks and monsters of the not-so-deep.

Access information

Trails are accessible and there are two fully accessible unisex toilets. Two mobility scooters are available for hire. To pre-book please call the centre on 01642 546625. 

Additional information on accessibility at RSPB Saltholme

Information for dog owners

Next to the car park we have a small dog exercise area. We’ve installed four shaded parking bays specifically for dog owners. To protect our wetland wildlife, dogs are not allowed on the wider reserve.

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