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RSPB Saltholme

A beautiful nature reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife. From brightly-coloured butterflies and gorgeous orchids, to stately swans and raucous common terns, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Saltholme’s friendly, enthusiastic staff and volunteers are here to help you make the most of your visit

Come and explore the breathtaking, state-of-the-art building with panoramic views of this huge wetland… A brilliant cafe – just follow your nose for freshly-brewed coffee, gooey cakes and mouthwatering meals… A great shop where you’ll be able to spend a bit of pocket money or splash the cash… Three architect-designed hides to get you closer to the oodles of wildlife that call this place home, including the striking Wildlife Watchpoint which overlooks one of our busiest pools.

Opening Times:

Saltholme is open every day except Christmas Day. From 1 April to 30 September, we’re open from 10 am to 5 pm, and from 1 October to 31 March, 10 am to 4 pm.

Entry Charges:

Charge 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.


How to get there:

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.

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.

Address: Seaton Carew Road, Hartlepool. TS2 1TU

Telephone: 01642 546625

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