RSPB Saltholme
RSPB Saltholme
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Marg037
    York, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view from the cafe and good value sandwiches and drinks
    The cafe here is lovely. The delicious sandwiches are served with home made coleslaw as standard, and the tea / coffee is served in Denby cups. Great view of the bird sanctuary lake. You don't have to visit the bird sanctuary itself unless you want to. The volunteers/staff are very friendly. Great place for children to see birds close up from the large windows on the ground floor as well. Has a lift to get to the 1st floor cafe for those with mobility needs. If you join RSPB and visit regularly it has a good play area for young children as well as the bird spotting. Have walked around the sanctuary previously but as a non RSPB member I usually go for the cafe on the way for a seaside walk or to see the seals
    Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit! Entry to our Visitor Centre is free; we have accessible toilets, baby changing facilities and a lift up to the first floor. Our staff and volunteers are always happy to help you identify the wildlife you can see from our viewing galleries and hides. RSPB Members have free access to our reserve (and free access/free parking at all other RSPB reserves). There is a small charge of £5 per adult (£2.50 for children, £3.50 for students) for non-members who wish to visit our reserve. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written July 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • TraceyW0
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning site
    Visited for the first time yesterday, and I was extremely impressed. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The reserve is stunning, and the variety of birds, insects and mammals is exceptional. The reserve is well laid out, easy to navigate, and the hides are all clean and well maintained, so a pleasure to use. Enjoyed the garden, and the pollinator areas. Would recommend it to anyone. Looking forward to coming back again soon.
    Hello Tracey, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and saw so much of our wonderful reserve! We are always happy to help and answer any questions you may have. We will have lots of events running throughout the summer holidays and into September, so we hope to see you again soon!
    Written July 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Shop A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly, informative and fun!
    Had a great couple of hours here with my 2 grandchildren (aged 4 & 7). Loved the pond dipping with Joanne. Visited a couple of hides, with lots of information in the hides / along the path with dragon flies constantly keeping us company. Checked out the wildlife on the main lake whilst enjoying a simple and reasonably priced snack in the cafe. Finished off by going to the expanded play park - which has always been good but now packed with lots of additional climbing frames etc. Highly recommend a visit. Great venue, friendly and helpful staff.
    Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you and your family enjoyed your visit to Saltholme and saw so much of our amazing wildlife. Our new Dragonfly Boardwalk has meant many of our visitors have been able to get up close to our wide range of dragonfly species. And our new playground has proved a hit with children and adults alike! We hope to see you again soon.
    Written August 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Kate K
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely playground
    Wow! Lovely day out here with children. The playground was fabulous. Lovely walk around the lake, took about an hour, much longer ones if required. Very helpful man on Reception and the cafe nice too. Fabulous to be able to hire binoculars at a very reasonable price. Slightly limited menu at the moment but enough choice to find something like a sandwich, jacket potato, chips etc Again nice friendly lady serving the food. Toilets clean and plenty parking. Lovely day out.
    Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit! There are walks to suit everyone, whether you are a family group, have limited mobility, want some peace and quiet or simply want to go exploring. Just ask at our Welcome Desk for maps and more information. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written August 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Juddermann
    County Durham, United Kingdom407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Day Out!
    Visited with young children. Our eldest loved the pond dipping and spotting dragonflies and other wildlife. The jewel in the crown, from his perspective, was the playground. Large, jam packed with equipment to explore! We'll be back! *Cafe isn't cheap, but food is good!
    Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and saw so much of our amazing wildlife! We have found so many interesting species in our ponds this year and we really enjoy giving our visitors the opportunity to explore our reserve with led sessions such as pond dipping. Our playground was designed to be accessible so everyone can come and enjoy it. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written September 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Lynn_Benyon
    Manchester, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, great cafe
    Called in just to use the cafe. What a treat. Lovely food, good value, good choice. The views of the marshes from the cafe are great. Take your binoculars. Viewing from ground floor also good. So many birds. Will go back, and use the paths next time
    Hello Lynn, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our cafe and Visitor Centre. It is very good advice about bringing your binoculars- the views from our cafe are incredible and if you are lucky you may see our resident Barn Owls or some of the autumn wader species such as Golden Plover and Curlew Sandpiper. If you do not have your own binoculars, you can hire ours! We hope to see you again soon.
    Written September 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Geoff P
    Hartlepool, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saltholm visit
    Love this place in relation to the nature side. Only disappointment was the food in the cafe. I had a cheese and onion toastie which was £6.95. I was expecting a few crisps and a bit of salad for that price but no! 2 slices of bread and very little cheese or onion. Not worth that cost. Neighbouring tables said the same. No jacket potatoes available either. Won’t be eating there again. The coffee was very nice though!
    Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed exploring our reserve and discovering the wonderful wildlife that lives here. We are sorry that our cafe was not up to its usual high standard regarding the quality of the food offer. We have recently been extremely short-staffed in our cafe, which has affected the range of food we can offer. We are working to fix this issue and will also feed your concerns regarding cost back to the team. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written February 6, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2024
  • Tina A
    Euxton, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wetlands Paradise
    Fantastic day despite bitterly cold winds. Visited Saltholme Pool and Paddy's Hides. Saw several firsts for us, including a little ring plovers that was apparently an early visitor. I must mention the brilliant volunteers; from the chap in Saltholme Pool Hide who patiently explained the difference between little and ring plovers, to the chap on the entrance desk who recommended we stopped at the viewing point on the main road. We did see the seals! RSPB membership (Life Fellows) is worth every penny; we have always managed to find a site on the way home from van travelling 😀 #XtonRamblers
    Hello, Thank you for your review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful reserve! We will pass on your thanks to our amazing volunteers. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written March 30, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2024
  • GandC_UK
    Pocklington, United Kingdom662 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous site
    We stopped off here as a halfway point between home and Northumberland, it was our first visit though I used to work just over the river at ICI. We didn't know about the 15th birthday celebrations of the reserve so we were initially surprised at how busy it was. The RSPB had done a good job at attracting families and children, there is a fantastic children's adventure play area which probably helps. Its quite a large reserve with a variety of habitats so it can cope with a lot of visitors. The visitor centre and cafe has panoramic views , we had sand martins flying past the window when we had our coffee. Our highlights were : an otter, Great White Egret, a lone Spoonbill, a white fronted goose, ringed plovers, marsh harriers performing, a great view of a Mediterranean gull. The staff and volunteers were great and helped with identification and spotting. This will now be a regular stopping place when we are travelling in this direction.
    Hello, Thank you for your review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful reserve. We are a great stopping-off point and you can certainly see a lot of wildlife here! We run events aimed at all ages, giving everyone the opportunity to re-connect with our incredible wildlife. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written April 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
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Amanda P
Barnard Castle, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marg037
York, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The cafe here is lovely. The delicious sandwiches are served with home made coleslaw as standard, and the tea / coffee is served in Denby cups. Great view of the bird sanctuary lake. You don't have to visit the bird sanctuary itself unless you want to. The volunteers/staff are very friendly. Great place for children to see birds close up from the large windows on the ground floor as well. Has a lift to get to the 1st floor cafe for those with mobility needs. If you join RSPB and visit regularly it has a good play area for young children as well as the bird spotting. Have walked around the sanctuary previously but as a non RSPB member I usually go for the cafe on the way for a seaside walk or to see the seals
Written July 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit! Entry to our Visitor Centre is free; we have accessible toilets, baby changing facilities and a lift up to the first floor. Our staff and volunteers are always happy to help you identify the wildlife you can see from our viewing galleries and hides. RSPB Members have free access to our reserve (and free access/free parking at all other RSPB reserves). There is a small charge of £5 per adult (£2.50 for children, £3.50 for students) for non-members who wish to visit our reserve. We hope to see you again soon!
Written July 18, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GandC_UK
Pocklington, UK662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We stopped off here as a halfway point between home and Northumberland, it was our first visit though I used to work just over the river at ICI. We didn't know about the 15th birthday celebrations of the reserve so we were initially surprised at how busy it was. The RSPB had done a good job at attracting families and children, there is a fantastic children's adventure play area which probably helps.
Its quite a large reserve with a variety of habitats so it can cope with a lot of visitors.
The visitor centre and cafe has panoramic views , we had sand martins flying past the window when we had our coffee.
Our highlights were : an otter, Great White Egret, a lone Spoonbill, a white fronted goose, ringed plovers, marsh harriers performing, a great view of a Mediterranean gull.
The staff and volunteers were great and helped with identification and spotting.
This will now be a regular stopping place when we are travelling in this direction.
Written April 7, 2024
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Hello, Thank you for your review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful reserve. We are a great stopping-off point and you can certainly see a lot of wildlife here! We run events aimed at all ages, giving everyone the opportunity to re-connect with our incredible wildlife. We hope to see you again soon!
Written April 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tina A
Euxton, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fantastic day despite bitterly cold winds.
Visited Saltholme Pool and Paddy's Hides.
Saw several firsts for us, including a little ring plovers that was apparently an early visitor.
I must mention the brilliant volunteers; from the chap in Saltholme Pool Hide who patiently explained the difference between little and ring plovers, to the chap on the entrance desk who recommended we stopped at the viewing point on the main road. We did see the seals!

RSPB membership (Life Fellows) is worth every penny; we have always managed to find a site on the way home from van travelling 😀
#XtonRamblers
Written March 22, 2024
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Hello, Thank you for your review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful reserve! We will pass on your thanks to our amazing volunteers. We hope to see you again soon!
Written March 30, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Graham R
Honiton, UK391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Geoff P
Hartlepool, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Love this place in relation to the nature side. Only disappointment was the food in the cafe. I had a cheese and onion toastie which was £6.95. I was expecting a few crisps and a bit of salad for that price but no! 2 slices of bread and very little cheese or onion. Not worth that cost. Neighbouring tables said the same. No jacket potatoes available either. Won’t be eating there again. The coffee was very nice though!
Written February 2, 2024
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Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed exploring our reserve and discovering the wonderful wildlife that lives here. We are sorry that our cafe was not up to its usual high standard regarding the quality of the food offer. We have recently been extremely short-staffed in our cafe, which has affected the range of food we can offer. We are working to fix this issue and will also feed your concerns regarding cost back to the team. We hope to see you again soon.
Written February 6, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

mark w
Yarm, UK1,080 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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petermckeone
Middlesbrough, UK555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
It's a really nice place to come on a nice day. Loads of lush scenery, birds, bugs and just a generally nice place to be. My little girl really enjoyed it.
Written July 30, 2022
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We're very pleased you enjoyed your visit. We really do have something for everyone. Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates and upcoming events! We have a lot of family events going on over the summer holidays, so we hope to see you again soon.
Written August 3, 2022
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Em n Rich
Stockton-on-Tees, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Lovely place to visit, 6 year old really enjoyed the park. Very reasonable price, also the staff are very friendly. Would recommend to families with young children, lots to do and nice gift shop. We didn’t do everything on offer as we arrived quite late but would like to go again.
Written August 12, 2022
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Thank you for your review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again soon. Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for up-to-date information on the events and activities we are running!
Written August 16, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kate K
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wow!
Lovely day out here with children. The playground was fabulous. Lovely walk around the lake, took about an hour, much longer ones if required. Very helpful man on Reception and the cafe nice too. Fabulous to be able to hire binoculars at a very reasonable price. Slightly limited menu at the moment but enough choice to find something like a sandwich, jacket potato, chips etc Again nice friendly lady serving the food. Toilets clean and plenty parking.

Lovely day out.
Written August 11, 2023
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Hello, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit! There are walks to suit everyone, whether you are a family group, have limited mobility, want some peace and quiet or simply want to go exploring. Just ask at our Welcome Desk for maps and more information. We hope to see you again soon!
Written August 15, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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