Plan your visit
Reserve trails and car park: Open daily, 9.30am-5pm
Toilets: Open daily, 9.30am-5pm
Visitor Centre: Open daily, 9.30am-5pm
Café: Open daily, 9.30am-4pm (take away refreshments only)
Shop: Open daily, 10am-4.30pm
- Christmas Eve: Reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
- Christmas Day: Reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
- Boxing Day: Reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
- New Year’s Eve: Reserve, visitor centre and café open, 9.30am-2pm
- New Year’s Day: Reserve, visitor centre and café open, 10.30am-4pm
- Monday 4 January: Due to being open over New Year, the reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
- Tuesday 5 January: Due to being open over New Year, the reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Other discounts
Entry fees apply for non-RSPB members but if you are visiting only the cafe and or shop it is free.
Entry fees apply to all buses, mini buses and those travelling by public transport or on foot.
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
Educational facilities are closed
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 RSPB 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
Group bookings are usually welcome to visit us during normal opening hours. However, during lockdown, in line with Government guidance, visitors should only visit with those from your household or bubble.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information here.
With the chance to experience a wonderful range of wildlife in the heart of an industrial landscape, Saltholme can provide an exciting venue for your school trip. There is a range of habitats that your class can explore on an experience led visit or more formal field work.
The well equipped visitor centre has a classroom and toilet facilities and is close to the special outdoor Discovery Zone, complete with pond dipping and minibeast hunting area and a light filled wildlife viewing hide.
We have everything you need for a fun, safe and educational visit. Interested? Have a look at the list of programmes, which are designed to last two hours. Two programmes can be combined in a full day. Contact email@example.com or call 01603 697 504 .
For full details of all the exciting activities we have on offer for schools, please take a look at our school trip ideas page
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