A fun activity to do in Newcastle: Jesmond Dene

Jesmond Dene is a day out for anyone, its suited to both the younger and older generation.

Jesmond Dene is a haven of nature, walking routes, parks and more, it has a wide range of activities for all to join in on. Not only is it a historical, but it has many historical links to the 19th century.

The paths, bridges and views are something that brings people continuously back to Jesmond Dene, from the top of Jesmond dene, the work has an amazing view over the waterfall, and as you make your way down you will see it up close on the iconic bridge that is the heart of Jesmond Dene.



The Dene is home to Pets Corner. The popular attraction opened in the 1960s and continues to delight families with young children. Next door you will find the Visitor Centre which includes a gift shop, café, classroom, toilets, and meetings space. There is a play area next to Pets Corner, designed and built as part of the Ouseburn Parks Lottery Project in 2011.

- As seen on the Urban Green Newcastle website


Food and drink

Jesmond Dene includes a café, toilets, and a large picnic area.

The café, named Urban Green Cafe is located in Paddy Freemans Park, by the pond, alongside Paddy Freemans boating lake, which is also including a play area and toilets, catering to families.

There is a café at the Visitor Centre, or why not treat yourself to afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House. There is a picnic area and plenty of benches and seating to enjoy a bite to eat and watch the world go by.


Things to do at Jesmond Dene
  • Stroll over the many bridges and follow the river to the waterfall
  • Pet's Corner (free to enter)
  • Large open spaces for picnics and play
  • Children's Playground
  • Cafe
  • Visitor Centre
  • Theatre fans can book to see a host of open-air performances which typically take place in Jesmond Dene each summer

Overall, Jesmond Dene is a day out which is not going to disappoint, grab a picnic and spend the day there, you wont regret it.


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