Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, 9.30am-4pm (5pm, 1 April-31 October).
- Car park: open daily, 9.30am-4pm (5pm, 1 April-31 October).
- Visitor Centre: open daily, 9.30am-4pm (5pm, 1 April-31 October).
- Shop: open daily, 10am-4pm (4.30pm, 1 April-31 October)
- Café: open daily, 9.30am, last orders 3.15pm (3.30pm, 1 April-31 October)
- Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-4pm (5pm, 1 April-31 October).
Festive opening times
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- Christmas Day: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- Boxing Day: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- New Year’s Eve: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop and toilets open, 9.30am-2pm, café last orders 1pm.
- New Year’s Day: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10.30am-4pm, café last orders 3.15pm
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
£1.50 (5-17 years)
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Other discounts
Entry fees to the nature reserve apply for non-members but if you are visiting the cafe and/or shop only, it is free.
Entry fees apply to all buses, mini buses and those travelling by public transport or on foot.
How to get here
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 (towards Hartlepool, High Tunstall).
The nearest bus stop is outside the entrance to Saltholme, on the Seaton Carew Rd. The Number 1 stops here and is run by stagecoach in Hartlepool.
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 3rd exit. The reserve entrance is 250 metres on the right-hand side.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
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.
Information for dog owners
Sorry, dogs are not permitted at Saltholme, except assistance dogs, due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here.
We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife by not exercising your dog here.
- Other exciting dog walking routes are available to enjoy in the local area.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
We welcome group bookings. Please contact us by phone or email to arrange your trip.
Schools booking information
For full details on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
“Incredible” and “educational” are just two of the word’s schools have used to describe their visit to Saltholme.
The industrial landscape of Teesside provides the perfect backdrop to a memorable day of learning outside the classroom. Our hands-on experiences allow exploration of minibeasts and their habitats, food chains and adaptations in real life.
We have a number of programmes to choose from for a half or full day visit from Early Years, to Primary and Secondary school and A-Level.
We also welcome bookings from uniformed groups and can tailor your visit to suit your needs.
For further questions, or to book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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