A little bit of calm in the city
This is a traditional Victorian park in the centre of Newcastle. In the shadow of St James’ Park and opposite the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), this mature, well kept green space is a rare gem that’s full of history and perfect for a stroll.
Leazes Park officially opened in 1837. It has a lake (which was originally intended for ice-skating and boating). It’s stocked and fished by Leazes Park Angling Association.
With meandering tree-lined paths that change throughout the seasons, it’s an all-round great place to relax. There are lots of benches to sit and read a book or enjoy some lunch and watch the world go by.
A large play area can be found in the woodland to the north of the park and is separated into two areas so children of all ages can enjoy playing.
Did you know...?
The ornate gateway to the park built in 1886 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee were refurbished in 2002.
Plan a day out
Richardson Road / Barrack Road
There are pathways throughout the park that are suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
If you’re feeling active, there are 6 tennis courts open for play at all times.
- There are lots of breeding wildfowl, ducks and swans. Bring some birdseed.
- Basketball courts are perfect for groups of sporty kids to burn off some energy. They’re open for play at all times.
This is in the city, so parking nearby is restricted. There is a small car park but bear in mind it’s opposite a hospital, so gets busy. There are excellent transport links via bus and Metro though. It’s a pleasant walk from Newcastle city centre, though slightly uphill.
- The Tower Café is within Richardson Road Lodge (with toilets).
- There’s often an ice cream van on fine days, so bring some cash.
- There are picnic and BBQ areas, so come prepared.
Disabled access loo and baby change (please ask for the key at The Tower Café).
- Leazes Park opened in 1837 and was the first purpose-built park in Newcastle.
- The ornate gateway was built in 1886 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and was refurbished in 2002.
- The Bandstand was rebuilt to the original design in 2003 and refurbished in 2017.
- The balustraded promenade dominates the high ground in the west of the park. It was rebuilt to the original design in 2003 and restored in 2017. Within the flowerbeds on the terrace, you’ll find memorial stones.