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About Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme Visitor Centre & bare branches silhouetted against a wintery sky

Image: Andy Hay

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...

A great shop where you'll be able to spend a bit of pocket money or splash the cash...

Three architect-designed hides to bring you closer to the oodles of wildlife that call this place home, including the striking wildlife watchpoint which overlooks one of our 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 our 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 here, 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.

We can't wait to show off what we've got!

Opening times

Saltholme is open every day except Christmas Day. From 1 April to 31 October, we're open from 10 am to 5 pm, and from 1 November to 31 March, 10 am to 4 pm. The cafe is open 10am - 4pm all year round.

Entrance charges

£4 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 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. Discover Saltholme together and get face-to-face with all kinds of butterflies, ducks and monsters of the not-so-deep.

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.

How you can help

Coast on a stormy day with heavy rain falling on coastal headland

We're setting up an emergency fund that we can use to get our reserves back into shape and repair the damage caused. Please help us rebuild from the worst storm in 60 years.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 54.600995,-1.217496
  • Postcode: TS2 1TU
  • Grid reference: NZ506231
  • Nearest town: Middlesbrough
  • County: Cleveland
  • Country: England

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