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RSPB Saltholme

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Address: Seaton Carew Road, Middlesbrough TS2 1TU, England
Phone Number:
+44 1642 546625
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

At Saltholme, you'll find a world of amazing wildlife thriving right in the...

At Saltholme, you'll find a world of amazing wildlife thriving right in the middle of the Tees Valley's heavy industry.Surprising, isn't it? But this is a brilliant place for wildlife – and for you! Come and explore the state- of-the-art visitor centre with panoramic views of the reserve and its industrial backdrop. Follow your nose to the café to sample freshly brewed coffee and home-cooked meals, and then stop off in the shop for a bit of retail therapy.Get outdoors with the family to explore the discovery zone and run, jump and clamber through the adventure playground. If you fancy relaxing, seek out a bench in the tranquil wildlife garden or venture to the far reaches of the reserve for some quiet time with nature.However you want to spend your time at Saltholme, you're sure to fall in love with the place and come back time and time again.

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Fabulous fish and chips with a view

While travelling, we called into Saltholme cafe for lunch, where they had lovely fresh fish and chips with tartare sauce and a choice of garden peas, mushy peas or baked beans... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While travelling, we called into Saltholme cafe for lunch, where they had lovely fresh fish and chips with tartare sauce and a choice of garden peas, mushy peas or baked beans. Had a window table and watched all the bird life while we ate.

Thank Anne_Stu_T
Caldicot, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a bit of a surprise for us on the way to Hartlepool It is huge site well worth a visit for all nature lovers It is much more natural and less Zoo like than Slimbridge We walked the whole site which is about 5_6 miles and took 2 hours

Thank normanandmarilyn
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really interesting place to visit with kiddies. Both Adults and children can experience wild life, pond dipping. Great safe environment to let the kids go! We particularly liked the 'muddy puddle' & water play! Very well designed. The walks were interesting too and it was good to see it catered for Disabled visitors! The play area was... More 

Thank ann s
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great walks, the children's playarea & maze are really fun !! Also the restaurant is great and the chips were yummy ! Also we did activities within the building also :) so much to do so we'll be heading back soon!

1 Thank Kate C
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62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really didn't enjoy visiting this establishment found it dull, there isn't anything to do we ended up walking around but it was just a field, wouldn't go with children

Thank Lucy N
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spotted a few birds we hadn't seen before close enough to photograph even saw 2 fox cubs. This is a lovely reserve to walk around and plenty to see. There is a play area for the children and the café sells delicious food My main attraction is the shop I have never yet come out without a purchase. This time... More 

1 Thank Carolian55
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pretty place to come walk and see wildlife. There is an entrance fee which is worth it as it's going to a good cause. There are modern clean toilets but they are only at the beginning of the walk so remember to go before you set off. The bird and animal feeding/viewing station is amazing we visited... More 

1 Thank Deborah E
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

RSPB Saltholme is a wonderful place for all ages to enjoy walks around the huge lakes, a brilliant wetland area for watching the water fowl and good paths for getting around the extensive site with other walks which take you off into open countryside with lots of birdlife to see. There is a brilliant visitor centre with activities for children... More 

1 Thank jandy2017
York, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Nice place to visit for any age group. Lovely cafe on site and staff were friendly and helpful. The reserve itself is low lying with virtually no hills and is easy to navigate around. The main attraction are the streams and lake areas. Not as many water birds on site at the time as I had expected but still good.

Thank Gerry C
Leeds, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Great to get so close to nature, it's a great place for birdwatching or just for a nice walk. Cafe is lovely too!

Thank charlequin15

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