Dunston Staiths

Dunston Staiths, Gateshead: Hours, Address, Dunston Staiths Reviews: 4.5/5

Dunston Staiths
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Opened in 1893, Dunston Staiths is believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe. Closed for the past 25 years, TWBPT have now restored the west end of this important monument to the regions industrial past enabling public access again, aiming to make it a sustainable visitor attraction. Fabulous River views. Cafe nearby.
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john e
Gateshead, UK1,730 contributions
Impressive wooden structure
Sep 2021
The staiths is an impressive structure especially if you know a little of its history - there are information boards around, and you can walk on part of it.
Written September 19, 2021
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Lord Eddi
Gateshead, UK30 contributions
Brilliant
Feb 2020
It is such a shame that this iconic piece of Geordie heritage keeps being burned down, it truely is magnificent, so thugs, you have been warned, keep your filthy hand off of it!!!
Written August 24, 2020
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,180 contributions
Bike ride
Jun 2020 • Family
A family bike ride took us from the Pipewellgate car park along to the Staiths and back.

It’s a lovely area and surprisingly green for an old industrial area.

The Staiths were built in the late 1800’s to take coal from Durham coal fields to the South Tyne bank to be loaded onto ships and taken to London and further afield.

The Staiths are grade 2 listed and you can access them, but not at the moment due to Coronavirus. Check out the Dunston Staiths dot org website for when you can access them.
Written June 16, 2020
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EGM68
Gateshead, UK150 contributions
A bit of local history right on our doorstep
Aug 2019
It's been a joy to watch the Staithes being restored in recent years and opened to the public after a long period of decline. It's an incredible structure, well worth a visit. Great views towards Newcastle Quayside and the various bridges over the Tyne and a good place to observe the local wildlife, much of which lives in and around the neighbouring saltmarsh. Particularly worth a visit during the annual Late Shows, when you can take in the sunset over the river.
Written February 26, 2020
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Gardengel-IoW
Crawley, UK571 contributions
Another wonder
Oct 2019
So it isnt pretty but it is another feet of construction and comparitively hasnt been out of use for that long. It is now listed so will be preserved too.
You can walk to it along the Gateshead side from Milenium bridge by the river, couple of miles, and there is a great cafe there to reward you.
Written October 20, 2019
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James Hecker
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK3 contributions
A local gem!
Jun 2019 • Couples
I love the Staiths, this café and the glorious views of the Tyne. Well worth a deviation from town. It can get very busy in the mornings at weekends but the brekky is well worth it. Choose from the menu at the counter and pay first.
Written June 2, 2019
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Ken Fitzpatrick
Gateshead, UK39 contributions
Dunston Staithes
Aug 2018 • Family
Dunston Staithes is a wooden structure accordingly the largest in Europe, constructed in 1893 for the loading of coal onto ships at the mouth of the River Team where it meets the River Tyne, The Staithes are 526 metres long it 4 railway tracks, 6 loading berths (3 on each side), with two chutes to each berth. The total cost £210,000., which was a lot of money in 1890. The Staithes had an inner loading side and an outer-side, the inner side was pulled down some time ago, it was built after the basin was dredged in 1910, During the Staiths "glory days", in 1929, 140,000 tons of coal per week was loaded. In 1970 it's production dropped to just 3,500 tons per annum. Trade had steadily declined from the end of the second World War, it was never to recover. The run-down was gradual, but they closed as working Staithes in 1977, and finally in 1980.

In 1990 after they were refurbished by Gateshead Council with help from Central Government grants. The Staithes were opened as a walkway, on part of the riverside site, which was part of the National Garden Festival. May 2014...

The restoration of the staithes begun in 2014 after decades of uncertainty over its future survival. The first new timbers have been grafted on to Dunston Staithes on the Gateshead riverside as the first move in a £450,000 restoration programme. Dunston Staithes, was hit over the years by a series of arson incidents, putting the structure at risk.

The Staithes are open for walks and they now hold market days during the summer months, you can only access the bottom and top half of the Staithes as only half of them were restored its a great walk and an excellent monument to our past. if your in the area give them a visit make sure you have your camera too.
Written April 19, 2019
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Ros896
Gateshead, UK209 contributions
Unique feature
Oct 2018 • Friends
This Staiths is unique in the world & treasured by our community as an amazing historical feature of our industrial past (sadly some local criminals feel that it is appropriate to try every couple of years to destroy it! ). Great when it comes alive with local food markets
Written April 13, 2019
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Christine F
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK44 contributions
cafe with a view
Nov 2018 • Couples
this is a lovely place for cake and coffee,and the fact that it is dog friendly does it for me,in a great location by the Tyne very relaxing.
Written February 3, 2019
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Brian J
Gateshead, UK146 contributions
Worth a visit
Jun 2018 • Couples
Its a good size and very impressive, but you cant really access too much of it. Lovely views up and down the river from there tho.
Written July 10, 2018
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Dunston Staiths is open:
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM