RSPB Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme, Middlesbrough: Hours, Address, RSPB Saltholme Reviews: 4.5/5

RSPB Saltholme
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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MarkDM112
Durham, UK26 contributions
Apr 2022
Fantastic place to visit with young kids, we spent 3 hours here, wandering around the reserve, we did an Easter egg hunt, had lunch in the cafe and saw plenty of birdlife.

The hides are very nice, well maintained and an enjoyable place to sit and watch the whole range of life in front of you. Plenty of birds were seen, a lot of Terns, some butterflies and little grebes were the highlight on a sunny, warm afternoon.

I recommend this place for a visit, its a lovely place with friendly staff and a great play area at the end as a bonus!

We will be returning, to try and spot more of the wildlife found in this part of the world.
Written April 16, 2022
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boyd1952
Newton Aycliffe, UK842 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We arrived just after 12 on 25/10/20. Greeted by a gentalman at the door giving us all Covid instructions. We had come to use the cafe which you can do for free. Once again a warm greeting by staff everything there at entrance, track and trace and hand sanitizer. Shown to a table with a menu, order taken and our drinks and food arrived nicely presented and tasted lovely. Had a look in the well stocked shop.Great visit with everything that is needed in place. All staff pleasant and welcoming in these strange times.
Written October 26, 2020
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Amanda P
Barnard Castle, UK3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Business
I attended their first Eco Fair and had a very enjoyable day out with my stall. The day was spent chatting to many of the 500ish people who turned up for the fair. A wide variety of stalls selling an abundance of environmentally friendly products and plenty to keep all ages interested and entertained. All staff were extremely welcoming and helpful which made the day most pleasant. I will definitely return.
Written January 28, 2020
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Thanks for the lovely comments, we're very pleased that so many people enjoyed the eco fair and we're already looking into future events.
Written January 29, 2020
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Graham R
Honiton, UK312 contributions
Apr 2021
This reserve is on the outskirts of industrial Teesside. Ignore the backcloth and enjoy the foreground. It has the advantage, now the hides are closed, of having open habitat. There was a good variety of birds, including Marsh Harrier. The highlight of the day was watching a Barn Owl quartering the hedges. There is extensive parking and the reserve is so large that it does not seem crowded.
Written April 23, 2021
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mark w
Yarm, UK1,080 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We visited late morning on a Wednesday. Good car parking and COVID management. We walked around the lakes on a sunny breezy chilly day. Very scenic views of the area. We watched swans across a lake. The shop is well stocked with reasonable quality material and the staff were friendly and informative. We will return
Written October 7, 2020
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Tajsurfer
Stockton-on-Tees, UK173 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is wonderful place and very reasonably priced. One thing that winds me up is it’s address is listed as Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough. Cleveland. Since when has Stockton been part of Middlesbrough. The address should be Stockton on Tees. Durham.
Written April 17, 2022
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK3,894 contributions
Nov 2019
Wow! This is such an amazing place to go birdwatching. Staff were friendly. Gutted we missed a water vole. Great wildlife. Whooper swans were great and happy to see a little egret barnacle goose first of the year.
Written November 6, 2019
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We're so glad you had a great visit and look forward to seeing you again next time. Fingers crossed for the watervole.
Written November 8, 2019
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Johng7930yu
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK30 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
The trip to Saltholme is always a joy, but what is seldom mentioned is the knowledge of the volunteers. Pointing to some known bird is relatively easy .. It is knowing where they are from, when they leave infact all that makes it special is delivered to you
Written July 13, 2016
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Thank you for your lovely review! We are so proud of all our amazing volunteers - it's nice to know they are appreciated by our lovely visitors too! Hope to see you soon. Sarah Visitor Experience Officer
Written August 22, 2016
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Salty999
Stockton-on-Tees, UK31 contributions
My wife and I decided to pay a visit to the Saltholme Nature Reserve. We had never been before despite many people suggesting it was worth a visit.

All I can say is wow! It cost us £4 for the four of us and you can easily spend a good 3--4 hours exploring the reserve. The staff are very helpful and friendly.

After exploring we went to the kids play area before going into the Cafe for a nice cup of coffee and slice of cake at very reasonable prices.

A interesting, fun day had by all
Written February 10, 2015
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Dezra D
Brighouse, UK111 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
This reserve is absolutely the best we have visited by far and we have visited a lot, the people are so friendly and helpful and thats not only the staff. So many people are very willing to help with ID's and such. The breakfasts are amazing and the hides are all just in the right place if you like birds and wildlife this is the place to visit. There is also a great play park for the little ones and a classroom with activities
Written February 1, 2015
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RSPB Saltholme is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM