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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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You can feel the buzz in this place as soon as you enter the visitors centre, staff and volunteers are all so enthusiastic and are as excited as visitors to see the newest... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

You can feel the buzz in this place as soon as you enter the visitors centre, staff and volunteers are all so enthusiastic and are as excited as visitors to see the newest arrivals to the ponds. We recently visited on Saturday and we're immediately greeted by the sight of a Kingfisher on the main pond who was literally showing... More 

Thank happytraveller639
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

As another reviewer has said, this is a rose amongst thorns. We didn't intend to go, but I'm glad we did. All you see in the distance is (mostly) ugly Industrial buildings but they provide an interesting contrast with the reserve. There are several defined paths and a few small lakes. The lakes are where the action is for the... More 

Thank Paul B
Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We stumbled across this little jewel which is located in a heavy industrial area and were very pleasantly surprised at what a great facility it is. None of us are what you could call avid bird watchers but we were more than impressed with what we saw. Both the staff and other 'birdwatchers' were happy to assist in identifying the... More 

Thank Steve L
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

As an RSPB member, avid birdwatcher and living quite nearby I visit this place loads. Some of the staff even recognise me ha ha. Lovely visitor centre with a well stocked up shop that sells practically everything to bird food, binoculars and telescopes, books, gifts, children's bits and bobs and cards. Cafe is nice but I must admit if you... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely friendly reserve and when we visited on a Sunday there were lots of helpful and knowledgeable staff. Large area, nice walks and plenty of pools with a good variety of habitat. We saw some great birds including black-necked grebe, ruddy shelduck and spotted redshank. Do visit !

Thank Maxim123153
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Took our 4 year old for an impromptu visit after school yesterday. Had such a great time we lost track of time. Our 4 year old loved posted do dipping. I can't believe this place is on our door step and we have never been...will be frequent visitors now (& at £5 for the whole family it's a bargain)

Thank Andrea B
Guisborough, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you like a good walk, interspersed with viewing hides then this is the place. It's easy to spend a day here, good views and food is available at the cafe. There's parking a-plenty and disabled parking is very close to the centre. You can enjoy the gardens before you head out. We booked a mobility scooter before we arrived... More 

Thank Christopher J
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Would recommend if you love nature, especially birds. Modern centre with decent cafe and shop often with various activities going on. Loads of inside viewing areas. Pond dipping for the little ones with simple guide. Kids play area, pic Nic area and of course a few acres of wet lands teaming with various birds. Hides free to all. Great place... More 

Thank monkeyhan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit, with children as their play/learn facilities are very good indeed and also, without children as there is lots to see and take in. Not the most picturesque place around ;-) but interesting and wildlife abound :-) Nice little shop and cafe too.....staff/volunteers are awesome!

Thank Heidi316
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This beautiful bird and wildlife reserve is just outside Middlesborough, mainly on reclaimed land and old workings. It's full of birdlife, with 1000s of geese, ducks, waders and terns. We arrived just too late for the breeding Avocets, but there were still lots of Common Terns and Sand Martins, and groups of Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Lapwing and some recently-arrived Barnacle... More 

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